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Cardinals at Reds - 8/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (67-38) at Cincinnati Reds (47-56)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

J Lackey (9-6) (2.78) vs. A DeSclafani (6-7) (3.75)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds +130 / St. Louis Cardinals -140 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, FSOH

The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds begin a three-game series Tuesday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Cardinals have lost four of their last five games when scoring three or less runs. Jhonny Peralta leads St. Louis with 113 hits and 54 RBI while Kolten Wong and Jason Heyward have combined for 79 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have split their last 10 road games. John Lackey gets the nod, and he’s 9-6 with a 2.78 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 2-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

Cardinals at Reds - 8/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Reds have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Reds have won four of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Joey Votto leads Cincy with 112 hits and 51 RBI while Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce have combined for 127 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have split their last eight home games. Anthony DeSclafani takes the hill, and he’s 6-7 with a 3.75 ERA and 86 strikeouts this season. DeSclafani is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 7-1 in their last 8 games following an off day and 3-10 in Lackeys last 13 road starts. The Reds are 1-4 in their last 5 games following an off day and 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss. The Cardinals are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

Lackey has allowed a combined five runs in his last five starts, and the Cards have won six of his last 10 outings. DeSclafani has allowed nine runs in his last three starts, and the Reds have split their last 10 games when he's on the hill. Even though Lackey hasn't been great on the road, I like the Cardinals here. 

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St. Louis Cardinals -140

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