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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 9/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (62-83) at St. Louis Cardinals (76-68)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm (New Busch Stadium)

Tyler Mahle (0-2) (3.60) vs. Jack Flaherty (0-0) (6.00)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -163 / Cincinnati Reds +148 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Midwest, FS-Ohio

The Cincinnati Reds take on the St. Louis Cardinals in game two of their three game NL Central division set from Busch Stadium on Wednesday.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to even the set up at one win apiece after dropping the opener by a final score of 13-4 on Tuesday. Zack Cozart hit a solo home run while Patrick Kivlehan added a pinch-hit RBI triple and Adam Duvall went 2 for 4 with an RBI of his own. Scott Schebler went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles while Joey Votto matched that mark at the dish and Jesse Winker chipped in a base hit of his own in the loss. Robert Stephenson took the loss, falling to 4-5 this season after giving up six runs, four earned, on five hits while walking three and striking out five over three innings of work. Tyler Mahle will start game two and is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Mahle’s first career start against St. Louis.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 9/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals will look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games after taking the opener on Tuesday. Yadier Molina led the team, going 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs. Paul DeJong went 3 for 4 with a homer, a double and two RBIs, while Tommy Pham went 1 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs of his own and Jose Martinez went 2 for 4 with a pair of runs on the board. Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter each had a double and an RBI while Carson Kelly and Randal Grichuk each chipped in a run to round out the scoring for St. Louis in the win. Harrison Bader also added a base hit of his own in the Cardinals’ victory. Lance Lynn got the win to improve to 11-7 this season after allowing all four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out three over five innings of work. Jack Flaherty will start game two and is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Flaherty’s first career start against the Reds.

Cincinnati is 5-21 in their last 26 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 division matchups while the over is 41-19-2 in their last 62 games overall. St. Louis is 3-12 in their last 15 division matchups and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. Cincinnati is 28-60 in the last 88 meetings between these two teams in St. Louis.

I don’t know what to expect from either of these pitchers, so the over may be a good play here. However, the Cardinals have something to play for, are in much better form, and have had the bulk of the success against the Reds at home over the years. It’s a steep price to pay considering the pitching matchup, but I think the Cardinals can get the job done and go for the sweep on Thursday. 

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