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Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (53-56) at Cincinnati Reds (45-64)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

L Lynn (9-6) (3.20) vs. Luis Castillo (2-4) (3.56)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -111 / St. Louis Cardinals +101 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSOH, FSMW

Out at Great American Ball Park on Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals will be visiting the Cincinnati Reds once again in MLB weekend series action. 

In Friday’s opener, the Reds scored twice in the fifth inning on the way to eking out a 3-2 win. 

Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Saturday game, the Cardinals will be bringing out RHP Lance Lynn. In his 126.2 innings and 9-6 record this year, Lynn has a 3.20 ERA with 110 Ks and 46 BBs. 

St. Louis has a few notable hitters this year. Coming into this series, Yadier Molina led the way with 96 hits, 39 runs, 12 homers and 47 RBI, while Jed Gyorko had 93 hits, 40 runs, 14 homers and 52 RBI. On Friday, Gyorko bagged one hit; Molina had the day off. 

Over on the Reds’ side, they’re going with RHP Luis Castillo on Saturday. In his 48.0 innings and 2-4 record this year, Castillo has a 3.56 ERA with 51 Ks and 18 BBs. 

Cincinnati has some solid bats as well. Joey Votto entered this set with 116 hits, 70 runs, 27 homers and 72 RBI, while Adam Duvall had 107 hits, 55 runs, 24 homers and 75 RBI. Votto and Duvall combined for three hits and two RBI on Friday. 

The Cardinals are 6-1 in the last seven during game two of a series, and 4-1 in Lynn’s last five starts. St. Louis is also 2-6 in Lynn’s last eight road starts and 2-6 in Lynn’s last eight starts versus a team with a losing record. 

Meanwhile, the Reds are 2-8 in their last 10 Saturday games, and 25-52 in the last 77 games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. The over is 19-7 in the Reds’ last 26 Saturday games, and the under is 7-3 in the Reds’ last 10 during game two of a series. 

Lynn has been pitching lights out lately. He’s given up just four earned across his last five starts, and is 3-0 in that time. As for Castillo, he gave up seven earned over two starts late last month, but did go 8.0 innings with one earned in his last start. I like Lynn to keep it going here, so I’ll take the Cardinals for the victory.

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