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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/4/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals
Date & Time Tuesday June 4, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO
The Line
St. Louis Cardinals +114 / Cincinnati Reds -123
TV Channel
FS-Midwest, FS-Ohio
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The Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in game one of a three game NL Central division set from Busch Stadium in MLB action on Tuesday.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to bounce back after dropping their series with Washington, losing the series finale on Sunday by a final score of 4-1. Derek Dietrich went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Joey Votto and Tucker Barnhart each added a double as well to round out Cincinnati’s offense as a team in the loss as the Reds mustered up just three hits as a team in defeat. Sonny Gray took the loss falling to 2-5 on the year after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Luis Castillo will start game one and is 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. In his career, Castillo is 1-3 with a 3.67 ERA and 35 strikeouts against St. Louis.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to build on their current winning streak which sits at four games following a series sweep of the Cubs after a 2-1 win in the series finale on Sunday. Kolten Wong had two hits with an RBI while Matt Carpenter added an RBI and Paul DeJong had a base knock of his own as St. Louis cranked out just four hits as a team in the winning effort. Adam Wainwright got the win to improve to 5-5 on the year after throwing eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits while walking seven and striking out eight. John Gant closed out the 9th for his 3rd save of the season. Genesis Cabrera will start game one and is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. This will be Cabrera’s first career start against Cincinnati.

Cincinnati is 20-42 in their last 62 road games and 24-51 in their last 75 road games against a left-handed starter while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. St. Louis is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 home games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record. Cincinnati is 10-22 in the last 32 meetings between these two teams and 10-22 in the last 32 meetings between these two teams.

Cabrera got touched up in his major league debut last time up, so I’m a bit weary siding with St. Louis even at home. However, the Reds have still been a poor road team dating back to last season and while Castillo has been Cincy’s best pitcher this season, he’s had his issues against St. Louis over the years and has allowed seven runs, six earned, in eight innings in his last two starts. If Cabrera can shake the nerves and settle down here, I think St. Louis can keep their streak going so I’ll take a shot with the Cardinals and the plus money on Tuesday.

Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals +114

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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