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Reds vs. Cardinals - 4/10/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (1-1) at Cincinnati Reds (3-0)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

J Lackey (0-0) (0.00) vs. J Marquis (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +106 / St. Louis Cardinals -116 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-M (St. Louis)/FS-O (Reds)

The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds will face off in his NL Central battle at Great American Ball Park this Friday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals couldn’t find their offensive this past Wednesday as they lost to the Chicago Cubs 2-0. The Cardinals were able to get a great start from Lance Lynn however, they were completely shut down by Chicago’s Jake Arrieta who went 7 innings while giving up no runs on just 3 hits and 3 walks. St. Louis was only able to get three hits on the night and were led by Matt Adams (0-2, 2 BB) and Jhonny Peralta (1-4, 1 2B). St. Louis had their best opportunity at the plate during the 6th inning when they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs, however, Arrieta was able to get John Jay to ground out to get out of the inning. Lance Lynn, who had an impressive year in 2014 (15-1, 2.74 ERA), pitched well for the Cardinals going 6 innings while just giving up 1 ER on 2 hits with 9 strikeouts. The Cardinals bullpen did their job keeping St. Louis in the game as Kevin Siegrist and Matt Belisle combined for 2 innings of no-hit ball.

Reds vs. Cardinals - 4/10/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds were able to pull off a come from behind victory and defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Thursday afternoon after Marlon Byrd’s 9th inning line drive was misplayed by Gregory Polanco allowing Todd Frazier to score the winning run. Leading the way for the Reds was Joey Votto (1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR) and Billy Hamilton (0-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 SB).  Outside of Votto’s big two-out, two run home run in the 6th inning, Cincinnati struggled from the plate as they went just 1-5 with RISP. Anthony DeSclafani, who was acquired by the Miami Marlins in the Mat Latos deal, pitched well in his first outing for the Reds going 6.0 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 6. Aroldis Chapman was able to pick up the win by pitching a scoreless 1-2-3 9th inning while striking out 2.

The Cardinals are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 20-8 in their last 28 games as a favorite. The Reds are 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog and 5-0 in their last 5 home games.

St. Louis will start John Lackey who went a combined 14-10 with the Red Sox and Cardinals last season while posting a 4.30 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in the 10 game he started for St. Louis. Lackey is a n experienced pitcher for the Cardinals rotation who will force opponents to hit him as he will consistency pound the strike zone throughout the game. Cincinnati will send Jason Marquis who surprisingly made the Reds roster out of spring training although he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013.

Although I don’t feel that St. Louis will have the most powerful offensive line-up this year, I feel that they’ll be able to find success off Jason Marquis who is far past his prime. Cincinnati’s offensive might be able to do some damage against Lackey, but I feel that St. Louis has way too much of an advantage on both sides of the plate in this one to go against. Take St. Louis.  

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St. Louis Cardinals -116

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