St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 8/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (45-65) at St. Louis Cardinals (58-53)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
B Finnegan (7-8) (4.45) vs. M Leake (8-9) (4.80)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -172 / Cincinnati Reds +162 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals look to build on their amazing ninth inning come back last night as they face off against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.
The Cardinals were down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth last night but mounted a five run half inning and scored a huge come back victory that was hopefully mount them some confidence as the teams face of again on Tuesday. The Cards are in the mix in the NL Wild Card picture as they are in a dead heat with the Miami Marlins for the second playoff spot and only three back of the LA Dodgers and while they are too far back to catch the Chicago Cubs to lay claim to the NL Central crown they can still qualify for the World Series crown. St. Louis will turn to Mike Leake in this one as he will face off against his former team as he will face off against Brandon Finnegan who will counter for the Reds.
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The Reds meanwhile have had a very tough season but I don’t think any game can sting as badly as the one they had last night after building a 4-0 lead only to have it evaporate in the bottom of the ninth. Cincy still has a very sound lineup with plenty of options at the plate led by Joey Votto and Adam Duvall and they so have some pieces in the rotation as well with Finnegan and Anthony DeSclafani leading the charge but top to bottom they aren’t quite there and need a strong offseason to bring in some parts to fill the holes. Finnegan is 7-8 with a 4.45 ERA while Leake isn’t much better with an 8-8 record and a 4.80 ERA so it’ll be interesting to see whether yesterday’s finish carries over at all.
The Reds are 4-1 in Finnegan’s last five starts, 20-43 in their last 63 road games, and 7-15 in their last 22 Tuesday games while the Cards are 11-5 in their last 16 against a team with a losing record and 2-6 in their last eight overall. St. Louis are big favourites here but the pitching matchup is a wash and to be honest I can see either side getting the win here in what should be a very high scoring affair.