Cardinals vs. Reds: Series Dominator Offers Bounce Back Blowout

Michael Wacha

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 5:25 PM GMT

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 5:25 PM GMT

Read on and find the betting edge to profit as the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds continue their 3-game. Follow expert capper for profitable MLB picks. 

 

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds
Early week set with Game 2 scheduled for a 7:10 ET first pitch at the Great American Ballpark. Last night, the Reds had a rare 7-5 victory over the Cardinals when Minor League call-up, Schebler, clouted a 3 - run blast for a WOW (walk-off win). That victory soothed the pain of the Reds trading Jay Bruce, arguably their best and most popular player. It also gave the Reds their 11th win in the last 16 games to push their record to 43-62. 

But, victories in this series, especially on this field, have been few and far between for Cincinnati. Even with last night’s loss, the Cards are now 18-5 against the Reds in this series at this site. In fact, St. Louis is 31-4-2 in series play against the Reds. That means the odds are in our favor that the Cards will win the last 2 games of the series.

In an effort to turn around that trend, Cincinnati sends tonight’s starting pitcher, Reed, to the mound. Reed is winless in 8 starts with a record of 0-5 and 7.07 ERA. When things get to the late innings, the edge is clearly with St. Louis in the bullpen. The Cards have a .634 relief OPS compared to .804 for the Reds. 

There are 2 major edges for St. Louis in this game, as they bring their best in MLB (31-20) road record to the field tonight. First is a major hitting advantage in which the Cards have an edge of .774 OPS to .704 OPS for the Reds. Even adjusted for home/road play, that edge favors the Cards .798 to .722. The other edge is clearly in starting pitching, as Wacha has turned around his season, going unbeaten in his last 7 starts. Cementing the case for Wacha is his history against the Reds, which shows that in 11 appearances, he is 5-1 with a 1.84 ERA. 

Although the Cards have been squeezing out some 1-run road victories in 3 of their last 4 wins as traveler, it should be noted that 25 of their 31 road wins (81%) have come by 2 or more runs.

I invite you to lay the runs with St. Louis. Put the MLB odds in your favor and join me in my MLB pick on St. Louis tonight.

 

Free MLB Pick: St. Louis -135
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

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