St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 8/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (45-65) at St. Louis Cardinals (58-53)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 8, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Cody Reed (0-6) (7.30) vs. M Wacha (7-7) (4.35)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -200 / Cincinnati Reds +185 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, FSOH
Coming our way on Monday in MLB action, we’ve got the series opener between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals from Busch Stadium.
The Reds just finished up a weekend series against the Pirates. Cincinnati dropped the first two games of that set, but came back to prevent the sweep 7-3 on Sunday.
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As for the Cardinals, they played the Braves this weekend. St. Louis won 1-0 on Friday, but dropped the other two games by a combined 19-8 score.
Pitching for the Reds on Monday will be left-hander Cody Reed. In his eight starts and 0-6 record, Reed has a 7.30 ERA with a 1.80 WHIP in 40.2 innings. Taking another loss his last time out against these same Cardinals, Reed gave up eight hits with five earned in five innings.
The Reds have a few interesting hitters up top. Brandon Phillips has put up 110 hits with 50 runs and 45 RBI. Joey Votto holds 105 hits with 67 runs, 18 homers and 55 RBI. As for Zack Cozart, he’s got 100 hits with 56 runs, 15 homers and 42 RBI.
Taking the mound for St. Louis on Monday will be RHP Michael Wacha. In his 22 starts and 7-7 record, Wacha owns a 4.35 ERA with a 1.40 WHIP in 126.1 innings. Wacha bagged a win in his last outing, going five innings with six hits and two earned in Cincinnati.
St. Louis has some standouts at the top of their order as well. Stephen Piscotty has hit 112 times with 61 runs, 15 homers and 60 RBI. Aldemys Diaz holds 110 hits with 64 runs, 14 homers and 57 RBI. Yadier Molina keeps on ticking with 99 hits, 38 runs and 32 RBI this year.
The Reds are 6-1 in their last seven game ones of a series, and 17-35 in their last 52 against the National League Central. Cincinnati is also 0-4 in Reed’s last four road starts, and 0-8 in Reed’s last eight starts overall.
As for the Cardinals, they’re 5-1 in their last six game ones of a series, and 5-2 in their last seven Monday games. St. Louis is also 6-2 in Wacha’s last eight starts, and 25-11 in Wacha’s last 36 home starts.
A nice series at home against the Reds might be just the cure for the ailing Cardinals. I’ll take St. Louis here.