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Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/23/14

St. Louis Cardinals (26-21) at Cincinnati Reds (21-24)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Shelby Miller (R) (6-2) (2.787) vs. Homer Bailey (R) (3-3) (5.435)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -105 / St. Louis Cardinals -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Midwest

The Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals face off on Friday in Cincinnati for game one of their NL Central rivalry series.

The Cincinnati Reds are off to a slow start but they haven’t been healthy so they are a team to watch in the second half of the season. The Reds are 11-10 at home this season, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are six games back in the NL Central. As a team the Reds are hitting .241 with Brandon Phillips hitting .278, Todd Frazier hitting .267, and Billy Hamilton hitting .257 but Joey Votto is out. The Reds pitching staff has an ERA of 3.61 with the starters at 3.11 and the bullpen at 5.00. For game one against the Cardinals the Reds start Homer Bailey who was hit hard taking a loss in his last start. For the season Bailey has allowed 63 hits with 31 earned runs while striking out 46 over 51.1 innings for a 303 record and a 5.44 ERA.

Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/23/14

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The St. Louis Cardinals are playing their best baseball of the season and they are taking dead aim at the Brewers at the top of the standings. The Cardinals are 12-14 on the road, 8-2 in their last 10 games, and they have won three games in a row. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .253 with Yadier Molina hitting .329, Matt Adams hitting .314, and Matt Holliday hitting .267. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.26 with the starters at 2.89 and the bullpen at 4.06. For game one at Cincinnati the Cardinals start Shelby Miller who has won his last five starts. For the season Miller has allowed 44 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 40 over 51.2 innings for a 6-2 record and a 2.79 ERA.

The Reds are 5-2 in game one of a series, 6-2 against a team with a winning record, and 3-8 in Bailey’s last 11 starts. St. Louis is 7-1 in their last eight games, 5-0 against a team with a losing record, and 5-0 in Miller’s last five starts. Cincinnati is 2-6 in Bailey’s last eight starts against St. Louis.

The total is set at 7.5 and I see this one staying under and that is my free pick. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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