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Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 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: FS-Midwest, FS-Ohio

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The Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals battle it out on Tuesday at Busch Stadium in game one of their MLB series on National League Central rivals.

Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds couldn’t make the push up the standings after the All Star Break and are and they are playing for pride and for next year at this point. The Reds are 5-5 in heir last 10 games, 27-24 at home, and they are 19 games back in the NL Central division standings. As a team the Reds are hitting .253 with Joey Votto hitting .309, Brandon Phillips hitting .279, and Todd Frazier hitting .268. The Reds pitching staff has an ERA of 4.10 with the starters at 4.06 and the bullpen at 4.18. For game one against the Cardinals the Reds start Anthony DeSclafani who has allowed 115 hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 86 over 120 innings for a 6-7 record and a 3.75 ERA.

The St. Louis Cardinals have overcome injuries and setbacks and they have the best overall record in baseball this season. The Cardinals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 27-22 on the road, and they have a 5.5 game lead on the Pirates in the NL Central. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .256 with Jason Heyward hitting .289, Yadier Molina hitting .286, and Jhonny Peralta hitting .285. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.67 with the starters at 2.83 and the bullpen at 2.34. For game one against the Reds the Cardinals start John Lackey who has allowed 132 hits and 43 earned runs while striking out 102 over 139.1 innings for a 9-6 record and a 2.78 ERA.

Cincinnati is 5-2 in their last seven games following a loss, 1-4 following an off day, and 5-1 after scoring two or less runs in their previous game. St. Louis is 9-4 in their last 13 games, 19-9 following a win, and 3-10 in Lackey’s last 13 road starts. St. Louis has won six of their last eight games against Cincinnati.

Lackey has good numbers but of just about all of the Cardinals starters he appears to be one of the softer spots and I look for the Reds to take advantage and get the win. 

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