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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds Free Pick - 8/28/13

Cincinnati Reds (74-59) at St. Louis Cardinals (78-54)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Homer Bailey (R) (8-10) (3.706) vs. Adam Wainwright (R) (15-7) (2.582)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -149 / Cincinnati Reds +139 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, Midwest

The St Louis Cardinals host the Cincinnati Reds in NL Central action on Wednesday night.

Cincinnati has spent the majority of 2013 sitting in the third spot in the National League Central, but they are a hot streak away from the top. A weekday series with the division leading Cardinals was the perfect opportunity to make up ground on the Redbirds, but it hasn't worked out that way. A 6-1 loss to the Cards was the second straight to their rivals and was number four in five. Neither the arms or bats enjoyed any success, with Mat Latos absorbing the loss with four runs plated on nine hits over six frames. The Reds attack failed to keep up, despite eight hits and a trio of walks with the lone run scoring on Shin-Soo Choo's solo bomb. Cincinnati next hands the ball to Homer Bailey, who is charged with slowing down the Cardinals. Bailey did not get a decision in a 6-4 loss to the Brewers, with three runs allowed on six hits and two BB in six frames.

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds Free Pick - 8/28/13

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A few weeks ago, St Louis appeared to be in some trouble, but, as they say, that was then and this is now. The Cardinals aren't invincible to dry spells, but they've avoided them with a balanced combination of hitting and pitching, which is one of the best one-two punches in the game. Both had a hand in Tuesday's success, with Joe Kelly tossing a strong eight frames, with the lone run scored on eight hits and three bases on balls through six innings. The offense did the rest, with eleven hits and a walk and five different players driving in runs and five scoring. Adam Wainwright toes the rubber Wednesday against rival Cincinnati. Wainwright has been at the top of his game lately, with four straight quality starts in which he has allowed eight runs in 30 innings.

It's tough to go against the Cardinals the way they are playing, but, at the same time, it's just as tough going against a good Reds squad that is more than capable, so do with this as you wish...

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