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Reds vs. Cardinals - 4/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Cardinals (1-2) at Cincinnati Reds (4-0)
Date & Time Sunday April 12, 2015, 1:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +105 / St. Louis Cardinals -115 --- Over/Under: 8
TV Channel
FSN-MW, FSN-OH
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MLB | St. Louis Cardinals (1-2) at Cincinnati Reds (4-0)
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The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.

The St. Louis Cardinals picked up their second win Saturday with a 4-1 effort. The Cards offense is starting to find its rhythm in this series by producing a combined eight runs in this series. Jason Heyward, Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta have combined for 15 hits, while Matt Adams went deep in Saturday’s win. The St. Louis Cardinals are looking for their first series win of the season after one of their games against the Chicago Cubs was postponed. The Cards have won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Carlos Martinez gets the ball, and he’s 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one strikeout this season. Martinez is 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds lost their first game of the season after striking out six times and going 0-9 with runners in scoring position. The Reds have lost nine of their last 11 games when scoring three or less runs. Offensively, Joey Votto leads the Reds with eight hits and eight RBI, and Todd Frazier has three home runs in 19 at bats. Pitching wise, the Reds have allowed eight runs and 18 hits in this series. This will be the last home game for the Cincinnati Reds until April 24th. Raisel Iglesias will make his major league debut today. Iglesias was 8-12 with a 3.47 ERA and 169 strikeouts in the minors.

The Cardinals are 46-21 in their last 67 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in Martinezs last 7 starts. The Reds are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series and 13-6 in their last 19 Sunday games. The Cardinals are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. 

Iglesias has a lot of talent, but I don't trust rookie pitchers against a veteran lineup such as the Cardinals. I feel a lot safer putting my money with the Cardinals in this spot. 

Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -115

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