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Cardinals vs. Reds - 4/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (5-5) at St. Louis Cardinals (5-4)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

J Moscot () () vs. M Wacha (1-0) (3.48)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -182 / Cincinnati Reds +172 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals play a rubber game Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

The Cincinnati Reds could use another victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Reds have allowed eight or more runs in four straight games and five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Cincinnati Reds were able to produce nine runs in Saturday’s victory, but their pitching staff must improve if this season is going to be successful. Offensively, Eugenio Suarez leads Cincinnati with 14 hits, Jay Bruce has 12 RBI and Joey Votto has one home run. Jon Moscot gets the nod, and he was 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA and six strikeouts last season. This will be Moscot’s first career game against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Reds - 4/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The St. Louis Cardinals look to win their third straight series with a victory here. The Cardinals have now scored seven or more runs in seven of their last eight games and four or more runs in eight straight games. The St. Louis Cardinals may have lost Saturday’s game due to poor pitching, but their offense looks as good as it has in years. Yadier Molina leads St. Louis with 14 hits, Matt Carpenter has 10 RBI and Jeremy Hazelbaker has three home runs. Michael Wacha takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 5-1 with a 1.87 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Reds are 5-22 in their last 27 Sunday games and 38-84 in their last 122 road games. The Cardinals are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series and 24-11 in Wachas last 35 starts. The Cardinals are 5-0 in Wachas last 5 starts vs. Reds.

I'm not laying this much juice in a quick turnaround game. Instead, I'm siding with the over. The Reds woke their bats up in Saturday's win, and the Cardinals have done nothing but score runs this season. St. Louis could get this total by itself. 

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