Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Match Preview and Free Picks
The St. Louis Cardinals have been spinning their wheels in the National League Central after splitting 10 contests in July. The Cardinals (47-44) look to find their rhythm and maintain their dominance of the Cincinnati Reds (41-52) on Friday when the division rivals open a three-game series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
St. Louis answered a season-high 14-run offensive explosion Tuesday with a dud the following night, going 0-for-10 with six strikeouts while batting with a runner on base in a 4-0 setback to the struggling Chicago White Sox. Yadier Molina had one of his team's four hits Wednesday but has done considerably better this season versus Cincinnati, against which he is 15-for-38 with three home runs and 14 RBIs.
While the Cardinals have won nine of 10 encounters versus the cellar-dwelling Reds in 2018, the latter club had emerged victorious in seven of 10 before a 19-4 shellacking by Buckeye State-rival Cleveland on Wednesday. Cincinnati native Scooter Gennett launched a solo homer to highlight his three-hit performance against the Indians and is 12-for-42 with seven RBIs against St. Louis this season.
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Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Starting Pitchers Report
Reds RH Matt Harvey (4-5, 4.80 ERA): Harvey saw his three-start winning streak halted by a no-decision Saturday, with the bullpen largely to blame after failing to protect a 7-3 lead against the Chicago Cubs. The 29-year-old allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings in that encounter and aims for better results versus St. Louis, against which he has a pair of no-decisions this season. Harvey permitted one run in two innings while pitching for the New York Mets on April 24 before getting blitzed for three homers and five runs total over six frames June 8.
Cardinals RH Carlos Martinez (6-4, 3.05): Martinez won his third straight start Saturday after allowing one run on six hits over seven innings in a 3-2 triumph at San Francisco. The 26-year-old Dominican owns a 1-1 mark with a 2.70 ERA in three starts against Cincinnati this season, although he has 23 strikeouts and 14 walks in that stretch (16 2/3 innings). Martinez has flustered Joey Votto (3-for-22, 14 walks), although Eugenio Suarez (6-for-17) and Adam Duvall (5-for-15) have gotten their licks in on the hurler.
Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds
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Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Free Predictions and Result
|Cardinals -150 Over/Under 8½||Cardinals 4, Reds 2|
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Cincinnati Reds Betting Odds Trends
|Cincinnati is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Cincinnati is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 5 games|
|Cincinnati is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 5 games on the road|
|Cincinnati is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing St. Louis|
|Cincinnati is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games when playing St. Louis|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 9 games when playing St. Louis|
|Cincinnati is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against St. Louis|
|Cincinnati is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against St. Louis|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis|
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds Trends
|St. Louis is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games|
|St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 15 of St. Louis's last 23 games at home|
|St. Louis is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Cincinnati|
|St. Louis is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing Cincinnati|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis's last 9 games when playing Cincinnati|
|St. Louis is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Cincinnati|
|St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Cincinnati|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati|
|Next Up: Cincinnati at St. Louis Saturday, July 14|