Bet Cardinals to Win Again vs. Reds in MLB Tonight

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 2:08 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 2:08 PM GMT

The Cincinnati Reds bullpen has been a gas can since last weekend, which provides the St. Louis Cardinals a major edge at Busch Stadium Tuesday night.

Slipping Away
Cincinnati is a season high nine games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central standings, as it suffered a 6-5 defeat to St. Louis as +121 road underdogs Monday, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests.

The Reds bullpen has produced a 0-9 record since the All-Star break, which can’t be ignored when looking over the MLB betting odds, especially since that group has allowed 16 earned runs in its last eight innings of work.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 3-4 as road underdogs of +150 to +175, with the UNDER going 4-3 in that situation.

 

A Perfect Opponent
St. Louis is 18-1-1 in its last 20 home series against Cincinnati, while it has captured seven of 10 overall meetings during the 2014 campaign.

The Cardinals have matched their season high of being 10 games above .500 this season, which has been helped by producing a 52-17 record when scoring four or more runs.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 43-28 as home favorites of -150 to -175 since 2012, with little to no edge in terms of the betting total (31-32-8 Over/Under).

 

Simon
Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (12-8, 3.28 ERA) is mired in a personal five-game losing streak, which includes a 7-3 setback on the road to the Colorado Rockies last time out, as he surrendered seven runs (five earned) and 10 hits over five frames.

The right-hander has struck out just 17 batters and allowed opponents to hit for a .317 average in six outings since the All-Star break.

In 14 career relief appearances versus the Cardinals, Simon has produced a 1-0 record and 3.18 ERA.

 

Lackey
Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey (12-8, 3.91 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 4-3 home victory against the San Diego Padres last time out, as he gave up two runs and five hits over seven strong innings.

The right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts at this ballpark since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox, with opposing hitters batting .226 against him.

Lackey will be facing the Reds for just the second time in this career—earning a 6-3 road win on June 13, 2007.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinals as one of their MLB picks, as the Reds are 2-12 in their last 14 games as road underdogs.
Free MLB Pick:  St. Louis Cardinals at BetOnline

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