Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals
|Date & Time||Friday April 26, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Cardinals -155 / Cincinnati Reds +145 O/U: 8.5
The Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals will meet up on the MLB diamond to open up their series Friday.
The Reds are coming off a series versus the Braves. Cincinnati split the first two games of that set, and in the rubber match Friday the Reds scored twice in the fifth on the way to a 4-2 win, despite getting out-hit 11-5.
For the Friday opener, the Reds will be sending out Anthony DeSclafani in the start. Across his 19.1 innings and 0-1 mark this year, DeSclafani has a 5.59 ERA with 22 Ks and eight walks.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they’re going with Miles Mikolas on Friday. In his 29.0 innings and 2-1 mark this season, Mikolas has a 4.97 ERA with 15 Ks and seven walks.
Leading the charge for the Cardinals’ offense this year is Paul DeJong, with 34 hits, 22 runs, five homers and 12 RBI. Another Paul—Goldschmidt—isn’t far back with 27 hits, 19 runs, nine homers and 19 RBI.
The Reds are 4-1 in their last five in game one of a series and 1-4 in their last five Friday games. Cincinnati is 5-1 in DeSclafani’s last six Friday starts and 1-7 in his last eight starts.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 5-0 in their last five overall and 10-1 in their last 11 home games. St. Louis is 4-0 in Mikolas’ last four home starts and 25-7 in his last 32 starts.
DeSclafani has two bad starts this year (8.1 innings; 12 hits; 10 earned combined) which are bookended by two good starts (11.0 innings; two earned; five hits).
As for Mikolas, he had the bad opener (five earned; 5.0 innings) but since has given up three or fewer in four straight outings.
I’m not completely sold on Mikolas right now, but if he can keep up his streak of solid appearances he should hold open the door long enough for the offense to do their thing. I’ll take St. Louis.