St. Louis Cardinals (34-27) at Cincinnati Reds (22-42)
|Date & Time||Sunday June 10, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +120 / St. Louis Cardinals -130 --- Over/Under: 9
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds meet in the finale of their three game NL Central division set from Great American Ballpark on Sunday.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to complete the sweep after taking the first two games of the set, including a 6-4 win in game two on Saturday. Yadier Molina led the Cards with three RBIs, going 2 for 3 with a double, while Jose Martinez, Marcell Ozuna and Matt Carpenter each had solo home runs to round out the Cardinals scoring in the win. Tommy Pham added a base hit as well in the winning effort for St. Louis. Michael Wacha got the win, improving to 8-1 this season after giving up two runs on four hits while striking out six over 5.2 innings of work. Jordan Hicks recorded all three outs in the 9th by way of a strikeout, notching his 1st save of the year. Carlos Martinez will start game three and is 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. In his career, Martinez is 7-3 with a 3.18 ERA and 81 strikeouts against Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Reds will look to exorcise their demons and avoid the sweep after yet another loss to the Cardinals in game two on Saturday. Eugenio Suarez led the Reds with two RBIs, thanks to a two run home run. Jesse Winker added a solo home run, while Scott Schebler went 1 for 5 with a double and an RBI to round out Cincinnati’s scoring in the loss. Joey Votto, Adam Duvall and Jose Peraza each had a double, while Scooter Gennett and Curt Casali each had a base hit in the losing effort. Luis Castillo took the loss, falling to 4-7 this season after giving up five runs on four hits while striking out ten over six innings of work. Anthony DeSclafani will start game three and is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. In his career, DeSclafani is 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA and 34 strikeouts against St. Louis.
St. Louis is 6-0 in Martinez’s last 6 division starts and 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games while the under is 22-4-1 in their last 27 game 3 matchups. Cincinnati is 1-4 in DeSclafani’s last 5 starts and 10-28 in their last 38 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games. St. Louis is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams in Cincinnati, 8-2 in Martinez’s last 10 starts against Cincinnati and 5-1 in Martinez’s last 6 road starts against the Reds.
The reason why I backed St. Louis on Saturday is why I’m going to do it again here. Sure, DeSclafani has had success in the past against the Cardinals, but he looked shaky in his debut, the Reds haven’t had much success with him on the mound lately, and the Cardinals simply have Cincinnati’s number. Martinez doesn’t have dominant numbers like Wacha against the Reds, but his stats and record are still pretty good and we are getting a very good price here, so I’ll lay the juice with St. Louis for the sweep.