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Cardinals vs. Reds - 9/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (67-91) at St. Louis Cardinals (82-76)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

D Straily (14-8) (3.74) vs. Alex Reyes (4-1) (1.58)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -185 / Cincinnati Reds +175 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH/FSMW

The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals end their four-game series Thursday night.

The Cincinnati Reds look to keep playing spoiler after splitting their last 10 games. The Reds have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Cincinnati Reds offense has picked up down the stretch, 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. Dan Straily gets the ball, and he’s 14-8 with a 3.74 ERA and 155 strikeouts this season. Straily is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Reds - 9/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals could use a big win after losing five of their last seven games. The Cardinals have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 4.13 and have lost seven of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Yadier Molina leads St. Louis with 156 hits, Stephen Piscotty has 83 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 20 home runs. Alex Reyes takes the hill, and he’s 4-1 with a 1.58 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Reyes is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Reds are 5-17 in their last 22 during game 4 of a series and 13-3 in Strailys last 16 starts. The Cardinals are 0-5 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Reds are 24-56 in the last 80 meetings in St. Louis.

Even though the Cardinals need wins to stay in the wild card race, they've needed wins all week and have still lost five of their last seven. The Reds are hitting the ball very well recently and the over is 8-3 in Straily's last 11 games. So, instead of playing with crazy juice, I'll side with the over in this contest where a lot of runs should be scored. 

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Over 8.5

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