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Cardinals vs. Reds - 9/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (66-91) at St. Louis Cardinals (82-75)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

A DeSclafani (8-5) (3.37) vs. M Leake (9-11) (4.72)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -172 / Cincinnati Reds +162 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH/FSMW

The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals play game three of their series Wednesday night.

The Cincinnati Reds could use a feel good win after losing nine of their last 13 games. The Reds have scored 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Cincinnati Reds offense has picked up over the last week, and they’ve won eight of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Joey Votto leads Cincinnati with 173 hits, Brandon Phillips has 64 RBI and Eugenio Suarez has 20 home runs. Anthony DeSclafani gets the nod, and he’s 8-5 with a 3.38 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season. DeSclafani is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Reds - 9/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look for some consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Cardinals have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has gone ice cold recently, but they’ve won seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. Yadier Molina leads St. Louis with 155 hits, Stephen Piscotty has 83 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 20 home runs. Mike Leake takes the hill, and he’s 9-11 with a 4.72 ERA and 119 strikeouts this season. Leake is 0-1 with a 8.31 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Reds are 2-8 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series and 3-7 in DeSclafanis last 10 starts. The Cardinals are 3-7 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series and 1-6 in Leakes last 7 home starts. The Reds are 24-55 in the last 79 meetings in St. Louis.

The Cardinals seem to have found their offense in Tuesday's victory and are now going up against a pitcher who has allowed nine earned runs in his last 10 innings. Yes, Leake is a decent fade from time and time and is more than capable of providing a stinker, but the Cards need to keep winning to lock up a playoff spot and have hot bats at the moment. 

I'll take the home team here. 

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