St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 9/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (65-90) at St. Louis Cardinals (81-73)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 26, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Tim Adleman (2-4) (4.06) vs. J Garcia (10-12) (4.59)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -192 / Cincinnati Reds +182 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Reds look to add another to the win column after a road victory in Milwaukee yesterday as they head into Busch Stadium to take on the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Reds haven’t had a great season overall but they have had some very impressive victories in an otherwise disappointing campaign and they will look to play spoiler here against their division rivals from St. Louis who have been very weak at home. The Reds have some heavy bats and can keep pace with some of the league’s best teams when they are swinging well and with Jaime Garcia on the hill here who can give up hits in bunches it could be a spot for the Reds to come in and steal the series opener with the Cards. Cincy will counter with Tim Adleman who is 2-4 with a 4.06 ERA but is among a handful of young pitchers the Reds are trying to get some playing time in hopes of being a part of their rotation moving forward.
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The Cardinals meanwhile are coming off a tough road loss on Sunday Night Baseball against the Chicago Cubs and will look to regain the second wild card spot in the National League with a win here as they fallen behind the San Francisco Giants. St. Louis was the best home team in baseball last season but they have really fallen off when playing at Busch Stadium this season as they are 33-41 at home and will need to rectify that down the stretch if they’re going to make a playoff push. Garcia is 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA and a WHIP over the 1.30 mark which doesn’t bode well against a Reds team that has some guys who can smash the ball.
The Reds are 1-6 in their last seven Monday games, 1-5 in Adleman’s last six starts, and 3-8 in their last 11 overall while the Cards are 5-2 in their last seven overall, 5-1 in their last six Monday games, and 1-4 in Garcia’s last five starts. The Reds can smash the ball but are in tough here against the Cards who desperately need to win and have the edge on the hill despite Garcia having an off year.