St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 4/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (5-4) at St. Louis Cardinals (6-4)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Tim Melville (0-0) (2.25) vs. C Martinez (1-0) (3.00)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -170 / Cincinnati Reds +160 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, FS-Ohio
The St. Louis Cardinals host the NL Central rival Cincinnati Reds in Thursday action.
The Cincinnati Reds were surprisingly hot the first few weeks of the season but have slowed a tad and obviously want to reverse the trend. The Reds were unable to slow down the red hot Cubs in an 8-1 defeat where nothing went favorably. Starter Rasiel Iglesias allowed three runs on six hits through five frames to get the loss with JJ Hoover giving up five runs (four earned) on three hits and a trio of bases on balls in 1/3 of an inning. The Reds offense managed six hits and walked four times with Tucker Barhart driving in Jay Bruce with the lone run. Timothy Melville makes his second career start for Cincinnati when he opposes the Cardinals for the first time. Melville did not get a decision in his debut for the Reds who managed a 2-1 win where Meliville gave up a lone run on five hits and four walks in four innings.
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The St. Louis Cardinals always seem to have the pitching and hitting that makes the playoff contenders and we saw the best of both Thursday. The Cardinals ended their series at Miller Park with a decisive 7-0 win as Jaime Garcia tossed a complete game one hitter while striking out 13. The Cards offense was strong as well on eleven hits and three walks that featured long balls from Matt Carpenter and Randal Grichuk who knocked in two runs apiece while Jeremy Hazelbaker was 2-5 with a pair of RBI’s and a run. Carlos Martinez takes the bump for the second time on the year for St. Louis when he opposes the Reds. Martinez won his opener 12-2 versus Atlanta with both runs plated on four hits and three BB in six frames.
Cincinnati are 8-23 in their last 31 Friday games and are 18-39 in their last 57 overall while going 18-39 in their last 57 games on grass. St. Louis are 2-7 in their last 9 Friday games and are 82-35 in their last 117 home games while going 23-7 in Martinez’s last 30 starts. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in St. Louis and is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings. It looks like the Cardinals are beginning to get it together…