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Cardinals vs. Reds - 4/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (5-5) at St. Louis Cardinals (6-4)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

B Finnegan (0-0) (2.84) vs. A Wainwright (0-1) (6.55)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -179 / Cincinnati Reds +169 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH, FSMW

The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals play game two of their series Saturday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Reds could use a nice victory in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Reds pitching staff is stinking up the joint, as they’ve allowed five or more runs in four straight games and six of their last eight games. The Cincinnati Reds have lost 17 of their last 18 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eugenio Suarez leads Cincinnati with 13 hits, Jay Bruce has 10 RBI and Joey Votto has one home run. Brandon Finnegan gets the ball, and he’s 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. Finnegan is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Reds - 4/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look to keep the ball rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Cardinals bats continue to produce, as they’ve scored double-digit runs in four of their last six games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The St. Louis Cardinals are going to be tough to beat all year if they hit the ball anywhere close to what they’re doing now. Yadier Molina leads St. Louis with 14 hits, Matt Carpenter has nine RBI and Jeremy Hazelbaker has three home runs. Adam Wainwright takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA and five strikeouts this season. Wainwright is 8-9 with a 4.18 ERA and 93 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Reds are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 3-13 in their last 16 vs. National League Central. The Cardinals are 1-6 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 35-16 in Wainwrights last 51 starts. The Cardinals are 1-4 in Wainwrights last 5 home starts vs. Reds. 

Wainwright is still one of the top pitchers in baseball, and it's impossible to bet against the Cardinals with the way they're hitting the ball right now. St. Louis is very dangerous if its offense continues to crush the ball. Give me St. Louis until it cools off. 

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St. Louis Cardinals -1.5

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