Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 6/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (30-27) at Cincinnati Reds (21-36)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
M Leake (4-4) (3.82) vs. John Lamb (1-3) (5.58)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +158 / St. Louis Cardinals -168 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSO, FSM
Coming up on Tuesday from Great American Ball Park, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds will be opening their MLB series.
The Cardinals are coming off a weekend set against the Giants. St. Louis dropped the first game before coming back to win on Saturday and Sunday to take the series 2-1.
As for the Reds, they just finished up with the Nationals. Cincinnati won Friday and Saturday before dropping a heartbreaker on Sunday 10-9.
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For Tuesday’s game, the Cardinals will be going with right-hander Mike Leake in the starting role. Over his 11 starts and 4-4 record this season, Leake has tabulated a 3.82 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP in 68.1 innings of work. Last Tuesday in his most recent start, Leake logged two runs in six innings for a win over the Brewers.
The Cardinals hitters have come on pretty strong lately and are playing well. Stephen Piscotty has 65 hits to lead the team, alongside 36 runs, seven homers and 33 RBI for a .311 average. Aledmys Diaz has also been hitting well on eight homers, 30 RBI, 63 hits and 38 runs. Matt Carpenter isn’t far behind with 56 hits, 39 runs, nine homers and 36 RBI thus far.
Over on the Reds’ side, we’ll be seeing lefty John Lamb start on Tuesday. Over six starts and a 1-3 record this year, Lamb holds a 5.58 ERA with a 1.63 WHIP in 30.2 innings of work. On Wednesday in a win over the Rockies, Lamb put up seven innings of one-run ball, striking out two batters.
The Cincinnati order is pretty top-heavy, but capable overall. Jay Bruce heads the charge on 54 hits with 34 runs, 13 homers and 40 RBI. Zack Cozart also has 54 hits with 31 runs, eight homers and 22 RBI. Brandon Phillips has put up a .268 BA with 52 hits, 24 runs and 26 RBI in 2016.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last five games against a left-handed starter, and 1-4 in their last five games after an off day. St. Louis is also 5-1 in Leake’s last six starts overall, and 4-1 in Leake’s last five road starts.
Meanwhile, the Reds are 30-62 in their last 92 game ones of a series, and 22-50 in their last 72 overall. Cincinnati is also 2-12 in their last 14 Tuesday games and 0-5 in their last five games following an off day.
This may be a relatively low-scoring game, but I don’t think the Reds have the firepower to overcome St. Louis here. I’ll take the Cardinals for the win.