Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals resume their rivalry and their seasons as they face off on Friday for game one of their series in Cincinnati. The Reds are -145 favorites over the Cardinals with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Cincinnati Reds are very much in contention for the post season but look for an extra touch of motivation this series as the Reds feel their rivalry with the Cards led to players from their roster being snubbed for All Star selection. The Reds are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 23-16 at home this season, and they are a game back in the N.L. Central standings. As a team the Reds are hitting .248 with Joey Votto hitting .348, Brandon Phillips hitting .280, and Zack Cozart hitting .252. As a team the Reds pitching staff has an ERA of 3.39 with the starters at 3.64 and the bullpen at 2.77. For game one against St. Louis Cincinnati starts Mat Latos who has won his last seven decisions. For the season Latos has allowed 96 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 98 over 104.2 innings of work for a 4.13 ERA.
The St. Louis Cardinals are right in the thick of the race in the N.L. Central and they are at a point where they can make a run or they can fall back, we shall see how it all plays out. The Cardinals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 23-20 on the road this season, and 2.5 games back in the N.L. Central. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .275 with Matt Holliday hitting .317, Yadier Molina hitting .304, and Carlos Beltran hitting .296. As a team the Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.91 with the starters at 3.65 and the bullpen at 4.48. For game one at Cincinnati St. Louis starts Adam Wainwright who still doesn’t look like the same pitcher we saw two years back. For the season Wainwright has allowed 110 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 98 over 102.2 innings of work for a 4.56 ERA.
Cincinnati is 9-2 in their last 11 home games against a team with a winning record, 5-2 in their last seven home games against a right handed starter, and 7-2 in Latos’ last nine starts. St. Louis is 5-1 in their last six road games, 7-3 in their last 10 games following a win, and 2-9 in Wainwright’s last 11 road games against a team with a winning record.
The total is set at 8.5 and I look for the bats to be free swinging in this one as it goes over the total.