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Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Friday August 16, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio
The Line
Cincinnati Reds -155 / St. Louis Cardinals +145 O/U: 9.5
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds will match up to continue their MLB series on Friday.

In the Thursday opener, the Reds snagged two runs in the fifth and hung on for a 2-1 victory.

For Friday’s game, the Cardinals will send out Adam Wainwright in the start. Over his 120.0 innings and 8-8 record this season, Wainwright has a 4.35 ERA with 118 Ks and 49 BBs.

St. Louis could muster just two hits in the Thursday loss. Kolten Wong got one with an RBI and Dexter Fowler had the other knock.

Over on the Reds’ side, they’re going with Luis Castillo in the Friday starting role. Across 143.2 innings and an 11-4 record so far, Castillo has a 2.69 ERA with 172 Ks and 61 BBs.

Cincinnati managed seven hits in the win Thursday. leading the way were Suarez and Iglesias, with two hits apiece with a combined RBI and a run.

The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last five Friday games and 6-1 in Wainwright’s last seven starts. St. Louis is 43-15 in Wainwright’s last 58 in game two of a series and the under is 11-3 in their last 14 Friday games.

Meanwhile, the Reds are 5-2 in their last seven in game two of a series and 4-0 in his last four starts with four days’ rest. Cincinnati is 5-2 in Castillo’s last seven starts and 0-4 in his last four in game two of a series.

Wainwright put up three earned on six hits in 5.1 innings in a loss out in Oakland, but only got two runs of support. He looked better in a quality start his last time up (6.0 innings; one earned).

As for Castillo, he has three straight quality starts going with a total of six earned in 20.2 innings during that time. I like Castillo enough right now to take the Reds here.

Cincinnati Reds -155

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