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Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free Pick- 8/3/2013

St. Louis Cardinals (64-44) at Cincinnati Reds (60-50)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -132 / St. Louis Cardinals +122 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, FS-Midwest

The Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals meet on Saturday in Cincinnati for game two of their National League Central series.

The Cincinnati Reds were hoping to gain ground on the leaders at home on Friday but instead they were sent a loud message that they are going to need to play better if they hope to compete with the top teams. Joey Votto had two hits including a home run and Derrick Robinson, Brandon Phillips, and Shin-Soo Choo all had hits as the Reds scored three runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo was thrashed as he allowed eight hits and seven runs while striking out five lasting just 3.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 9-9 on the season. For Saturday’s game the Reds start Tony Cingrani who has been one of their more solid pitchers this season. For the year Cingrani has allowed 53 hits and 25 earned runs while striking out 90 over 77.2 innings for a 4-1 record and a 2.90 ERA.

Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free Pick- 8/3/2013

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The St. Louis Cardinals came out swinging on Friday and they sent a message clobbering the Reds in Cincinnati. Daniel Descalso had three hits including two home runs, Allen Craig had three hits including a home run, and Carlos Beltran had three hits as the Cardinals scored 13 runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher Shelby Miller allowed five hits and three runs while striking out eight over 5.0 innings to get the win and go to 11-7 on the year. For Saturday’s game the Cardinals start Jake Westbrook who lost in his last outing. For the season Westbrook has allowed 94 hits and 33 earned runs while striking out 34 over 93.1 innings for a 7-5 record and a 3.18 ERA.

Cincinnati is 1-6 in their last seven games, 1-5 against a team with a winning record, and 7-3 in Cingrani’s last 10 starts. St. Louis is 3-7 in their last 10 games as an underdog, 2-7 in their last nine games overall, and 1-4 in Westbrook’s last five road starts. St. Louis is 5-1 in the last six meetings of these two.

We saw a lot of scoring on Friday but I am not looing for carry over here as this one stays under the total. I also have a play on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area.

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