Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals
|Date & Time||Saturday April 27, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Cardinals -132 / Cincinnati Reds +122 -- O/U: 9
The Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in game two of a three game NL Central division set from Busch Stadium in MLB action on Saturday afternoon.
The Cincinnati Reds will look to keep the momentum going after opening the series with a 12-1 win on Friday night. Curt Casali led the Reds by going 3 for 5 with a double and four RBIs while Yasiel Puig went 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs. Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker and Jose Peraza each belted a solo home run while Jose Iglesias went 2 for 5 with an RBI to cap off Cincinnati’s offense in the winning effort. Anthony DeSclafani got the win to improve to 1-1 after tossing six shutout innings, giving up just four hits while striking out six. Tyler Mahle will start game two and is 0-2 with a 3.52 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. In his career, Mahle is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA and 9 strikeouts against St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to bounce back after a dismal performance in game one on Friday. Marcell Ozuna accounted for the lone St. Louis RBI while Matt Carpenter had two hits. Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, Dexter Fowler, Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko each had a base knock as none of St. Louis’ eight hits went for extra bases in the losing effort. Miles Mikolas took the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year after allowing four runs on six hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Dakota Hudson will start game two and is 1-1 with a 5.89 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Hudson’s first career start against Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is 1-8 in Mahle’s last 9 starts and 15-36 in their last 51 road games while the under is 10-2 in Mahle’s last 12 division starts. St. Louis is 10-2 in their last 12 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. The over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in St. Louis.
The Reds and the plus money are worth a look considering that Cincinnati has really stepped up their play lately but the issue is that Mahle hasn’t been overly reliable, giving up four runs in back-to-back starts. On the other hand, Hudson has allowed nine runs in his last two starts spanning 8.2 innings of work and has allowed at least three earned in three of his four starts this season. I think both offenses can get on the board on Saturday, so I’ll take the over in a game I see hitting double-digits when all is said and done.