Cardinals vs. Reds - 4/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (5-4) at St. Louis Cardinals (5-3)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
H Bailey (0-0) (0.00) vs. C Martinez (0-0) (2.57)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -124 / Cincinnati Reds +114 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-OH, FSN-MW
The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals play game two of their series Saturday afternoon.
The Cincinnati Reds really need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Reds pitching staff simply isn’t holding up, as they’ve allowed 11 runs in their last two games and five or more runs in four of their last five games. The Red have lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing at least four runs, dating back to last season. Offensively, Joey Votto leads Cincy with 14 hits, while Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce have combined for 14 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have to find other reliable pitchers besides Johnny Cueto. Homer Bailey gets the nod, and he was 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA and 124 strikeouts last season. Bailey is 6-10 with a 4.98 ERA and 81 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals are red hot with wins in five of their last seven games. The Cards pitching staff has allowed three total runs in their last three games, and they're 5-1 this season when allowing three or less runs overall. The Cardinals have allowed just 12 hits in their last two games. Offensively, Matt Carpenter has 14 hits and seven RBI, while Jhonny Peralta and Matt Holliday have combined for 13 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals are looking like a scary baseball team even it’s still early. Carlos Martinez takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. Martinez is 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Reds are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter and 1-5 in Baileys last 6 starts. The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter and 6-2 in Martinezs last 8 starts. The Reds are 6-14 in Baileys last 20 starts vs. Cardinals.
The Cards are just playing too well to fade right now, especially when you're getting cheap chalk. Expect Martinez to keep the home team rolling here.