St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds 8/20/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (61-65) at St. Louis Cardinals (68-57)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Johnny Cueto (R) (15-6) (2.062) vs. Lance Lynn (R) (13-8) (2.908)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -109 / Cincinnati Reds -101 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Ohio, FS-Midwest
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds face off on Wednesday in St. Louis as they continue their series.
The St. Louis Cardinals rallied let on Tuesday to get the win over the Reds. Jhonny Peralta hit a home run and John Jay and Oscar Tavares each had two hits as the Cardinals scored five runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher John Lackey allowed four hits and four runs while striking out seven over 6.0 innings to not factor in the decision as Pat Neshek got the win to go to 6-0 for the season. For Wednesday’s game the Cardinals start Lance Lynn who has won his last two starts. For the season Lynn has allowed 141 hits and 49 earned runs while striking out 139 over 151.2 innings for a 13-8 record and a 2.91 ERA.
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The Cincinnati Reds are watching their season slip away as they lost again on Tuesday in St. Louis. Todd Frazier hit a home run, Ryan Ludwick had two hits, and Billy Hamilton had a hit as the Reds scored four runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon allowed eight hits and three runs while striking out two over 5.1 innings to not get a decision as Jose Rafael Diz blew the save and J.J. Hoover took the loss to fall to 1-10 for the season. For Wednesday’s game the Reds start Johnny Cueto who has won his last seven decisions. For the season Cueto has lalowed 122 hits and 43 earned runs while striking out 187 over 187.2 innings for a 15-6 record and a 2.06 ERA.
St. Louis is 6-1 in their last seven home games, 6-1 against the NL Central, and 6-2 in Lynn’s last eight starts. Cincinnati is 2-6 in game three of a series, 4-14 in their last 18 games as a road underdog, and 6-1 in Cueto’s last seven starts against a team with a winning record. Cincinnati is 2-7 in their last nine games against St. Louis.
The Reds are slumping but Cueto is just too tough and has been money and I expect to see more of the same here.
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