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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 9/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (62-82) at St. Louis Cardinals (75-68)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 8:15 pm (New Busch Stadium)

Robert Stephenson (4-4) (5.15) vs. L Lynn (10-7) (2.94)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -190 / Cincinnati Reds +178 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, FSOH

Out at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals will be kicking off their MLB series. 

The Reds are coming off a series against the Mets. Cincinnati lost the first three games of that set, then won 10-5 on Sunday to stop the sweep. 

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 9/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Cincinnati will be bringing out RHP Robert Stephenson on Tuesday. In his 64.2 innings and 4-4 record this year, Stephenson has a 5.15 ERA with 69 Ks and 43 BBs. 

The Reds have a few notable bats this year. Joey Votto is way out front on 156 hits, 95 runs, 34 homers and 93 RBI while Brandon Hamilton has managed 137 hits, 82 runs and 37 RBI. 

Over on the Cardinals' side, they’re fresh off a set versus the Pirates. St. Louis won all three of those games and has now won seven of their last eight overall. 

St. Louis is bringing out RHP Lance Lynn on Tuesday. In his 171.2 innings and 10-7 record this year, Lynn has a 2.94 ERA with 139 Ks and 68 BBs. 

The Cards have some big hitters as well. Veteran Yadier Molina is out front on 129 hits, 57 runs, 17 homers and 72 RBI while Tyler Pham has put up 116 hits, 79 runs, 19 homers and 61 RBI. 

The Reds are 4-1 in the last five during game one of a series and 19-41 in their last 60 road games. Cincinnati is also 5-0 in Stephenson’s last five starts and 1-5 in their last six road games versus a right-handed starter. 

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 4-0 in their last four during game one of a series and 7-1 in their last eight overall. St. Louis is also 5-1 in their last six games following a win and 4-1 in their last five games versus the NL Central. 

Stephenson has two straight quality starts under his belt, giving up three earned on nine hits in 12.0 innings during that time. He’s won his last four straight. As for Lynn, he’s got three straight quality starts to his credit, giving up just one earned on seven hits in 14.0 innings in that time. I’m going to give a slight edge to Lynn and the Cardinals, but both these pitchers are throwing well and the under might be a sensible play.

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