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Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Saturday August 17, 2019, 6:40 PM (EDT)
Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio
The Line
Cincinnati Reds -105 / St. Louis Cardinals -105 O/U: 9.5
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds will continue their MLB series on Saturday.

In the Thursday opener, the Reds eked one out 2-1. On Friday, the Cardinals took a dominant 13-4 victory with a whopping 18 hits in the game. St. Louis jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first three innings and never looked back.

For the Saturday game, the Cards will send out Miles Mikolas in the start. Across his 137.1 innings and 7-12 mark this year, Mikolas has a 4.13 ERA with 101 Ks and 23 BBs.

Over on the Reds’ side, they’re going with Anthony DeSclafani in the starting role. In his 117.2 innings and 7-7 record this year, DeSclafani has a 4.51 ERA with 123 Ks and 36 BBs.

The Cardinals are 2-5 in their last seven Saturday games and 12-4 in MIkolas’ last 16 starts in game three of a series. St. Louis is 2-6 in Mikolas’ last eight road starts and 0-6 in his last six starts with five days’ rest.

Meanwhile, the Reds are 4-1 in their last five Saturday games and 2-5 in DeSclafani’s last seven starts. Cincinnati is 1-4 in DeSclafani’s last five starts with four days’ rest and the under is 5-2-1 in his last eight home starts.

Mikolas was cruising along at a pretty good clip with four quality starts in five games. He stumbled his last time up against the Pirates though, with five earned in 5.0 in a no-decision.

As for DeSclafani, he’s given up a total of 13 earned over his last three starts and is 1-2 in that time. I probably trust Mikolas a little more right now so I’m going Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals -105

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