St. Louis Cardinals (1-1) at Cincinnati Reds (3-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 11, 2015, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -137 / St. Louis Cardinals +127 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday afternoon for game two of their series.
The St. Louis Cardinals lost their second game of the season Friday in a 5-4 matchup. Although in a losing effort, the Cards offense showed signs of life for the first time by scoring four runs and producing 10 hits. Jason Heyward leads the Cardinals with five hits in 14 at bats, while Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk have combined for four RBI. Yadier Molina and Matt Adams are both looking for their first hits of the season. The St. Louis Cardinals are off to a little bit of a slow start but will likely pick things up before you know it. Michael Wacha gets the nod, and he was 5-6 with 3.20 ERA and 94 strikeouts last season. Wacha is 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds have yet to lose a game thanks to their offense that’s scored 18 runs in their first four games. Joey Votto leads the Reds with seven hits, and Todd Frazier has five RBI. The Reds have six different players with at least two hits and Billy Hamilton has stolen seven bases. The Reds pitching staff struck out 12 batters in their Friday victory. Of course it’s still early, but the Cincinnati Reds right now look like a team to pay serious attention to moving forward. Johnny Cueto gets the ball, and he’s 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Cueto is 5-6 with a 4.19 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Wachas last 5 starts. The Reds are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. National League Central and 21-8 in Cuetos last 29 starts. The Reds are 4-1 in Cuetos last 5 home starts vs. Cardinals.
The Reds are playing great ball right now and have their ace on the mound. Hard to pick against the home team here.