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Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Sunday August 18, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio
The Line
Cincinnati Reds +148 / St. Louis Cardinals -158 O/U: 9.5
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds will meet up on the MLB circuit to finish their series on Sunday.

The Reds eked out a 2-1 win on Thursday in the opener of this set and St. Louis struck back 13-4 on Friday. On Saturday, Cincinnati bagged a 6-1 victory.

For Sunday’s game, the Cardinals will go with Jack Flaherty in the start. Across his 135.1 innings and 6-6 record this year, Flaherty has a 3.52 ERA with 157 Ks and 42 BBs.

The Cards put up seven hits in the Saturday loss and could only score on a Matt Carpenter solo shot in the second. Yairo Munoz finished with a 3-for-4 line there.

Over on the Reds’ side, they’re going with Alex Wood on Sunday. In his 19.1 innings and 1-1 record so far, Wood has a 5.59 ERA with 15 Ks and three walks.

Cincinnati’s 11 hits set the pace in their win on Saturday. Galvis, VanMeter and Lorenzen each had two knocks there, with a combined three runs and one RBI.

The Cardinals are 6-2 in their last eight overall and 3-7 in their last 10 road games. St. Louis is 4-1 in Flaherty’s last five starts and 5-11 in his last 16 road starts.

Meanwhile, the Reds are 10-4 in their last 14 home games and 2-5 in their last seven overall. Cincinnati is 3-11 in their last 14 in game four of a series and 2-5 in their last seven on grass.

Flaherty has four straight quality starts under his belt. In that time, he’s given up just two earned in a space of 27.0 innings overall.

As for Wood, he’s surrendered eight earned over his last 8.0 frames in two starts. I’m a little more confident in Flaherty now so I’m going Cardinals here.

St. Louis Cardinals -158

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