Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 4/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (7-7) at Cincinnati Reds (2-11)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
M Mikolas (1-0) (6.00) vs. B Finnegan (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds / St. Louis Cardinals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, FSOH
The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for another victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Cardinals have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their first 14 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last six games when scoring more than two runs. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 19 hits and nine RBI while Jose Martinez and Yadier Molina have combined for 33 hits and 25 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Mikolas is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and two strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
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The Cincinnati Reds are desperate for a victory to rebound from a rough 2-11 start to their season. The Reds have allowed 18 runs in this series and four or more runs in nine straight games. The Cincinnati Reds are just 1-11 this season when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Scooter Gennett leads the Reds with 16 hits and four RBI while Joey Votto and Jose Peraza have combined for 25 hits and four RBI. Brandon Finnegan gets the ball, and he was 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 16 strikeouts last season. Finnegan is 2-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The Reds are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 1-11 in their last 12 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. National League Central. The Cardinals are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Cincinnati, 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The St. Louis Cardinals remain possibly the best offensive team in baseball so far, putting up crooked numbers daily, while the Cincinnati Reds are getting pounded nightly and aren't doing much at the plate either. At this point it doesn't even matter about the pitching matchups, you simply can't back a team that gets rocked and you can't fade a team that's tearing the cover off the ball and giving themselves a chance to win each game. Give me the St. Louis Cardinals.