Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/24/14
St. Louis Cardinals (26-21) at Cincinnati Reds (21-24)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Jamie Garcia (L) (0-0) (5.143) vs. Tony Cingrani (L) (2-3) (3.757)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -109 / St. Louis Cardinals -101 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds will play game two of three when they meet Saturday night at the Great American Ball Park.
The Cardinals lost game one on Friday, 5-3, but have still won eight of their last 11 games overall. The Cardinals have the fifth best ERA in all of baseball but aren’t that consistent offensively. With the loss on Friday, the Cardinals are 4-17 when scoring less than three runs. Allen Craig has four RBI and seven hits in his last three games, while Matt Carpenter has eight hits in his last five games. Getting the nod Saturday is Jaime Garcia, who is 0-0 with a 5.14 ERA and has five strikeouts in seven innings. Garcia is 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 13 career starts against the Reds.
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The Reds are trying to get some consistency going, as they’ve won three of their last four games and are two games below a .500 record. The Reds pitching staff has the 12th best ERA and has allowed three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. Offensively, the Reds aren’t any better than the Cardinals and are 6-16 when scoring three or less runs. Jay Bruce has struck out 13 times in his last nine games. Tony Cingrani gets the start, and he’s 2-3 with a 3.76 ERA and has 39 strikeouts in 38.1 innings. Cingrani is 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA in four career starts against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in Garcia's last 5 road starts and 2-8 in Garcia's last 10 road starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Reds are 4-1 in Cingrani's last 5 starts vs. a team with a winning record and 1-5 in Cingrani's last 6 starts during game 2 of a series. The Cardinals are 9-4 in Garcia's last 13 starts vs. Reds.
Garcia has owned the Reds throughout his career and I don't see that changing in this matchup with the lack of offensive threats the Reds have. Give me the Cards for the great price.