Free MLB Picks for Reds vs. Cardinals Game 2

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, September 21, 2014 11:24 AM GMT

Can the Reds bats finally wake up this afternoon versus the Cardinals red-hot starting pitcher Lance Lynn? Read Ross’ Benjamin’s baseball handicapping breakdown of today’s game which is concluded with a MLB free pick.

Reds/Cards Meet for the Last Time in 2014
The Cardinals will host the Reds on Sunday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis with the opening pitch slated for 2:15 PM ET. According to MLB odds, the Cardinals are a -200 money line home favorite, and the posted total is 7.0. The runs-line shows the Cardinals -1.5 (+105) and the Reds +1.5 (-125). The Cardinals have gone 16-6 at home versus the Reds over the past 3-seasons, and that includes 6-1 in 2014.

 

The Starting Pitchers
It’s been a rocky road for the Reds Alfredo Simon during the 2nd half of the 2014 campaign. After starting this season by going 15-3 against the money in his first 18-starts, Simon has gone 2-10 over his last 12-outings. Simon is 1-1 against the money versus the Cardinals this year with a 3.65 ERA.

  The Cardinals Lance Lynn enters tonight in superb form over his last 3-starts, posting an excellent 1.29 ERA, and a microscopic 0.91 WHIP. Lynn has been terrific at home in 2014, going 12-5 against the money, with a stellar 2.39 ERA. The Cardinals hurler is 3-1 against the money versus the Reds this season with a very good 3.12 ERA.

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Red Bats are Silent
Cincinnati entered last night’s game having lost their last 5-games in a row. All you have to do is look at their pathetic run production of late, and it will quickly alert you to why they’re struggling. The Reds have managed to score just 13-runs total over their past 8-games. They’ve also gone a dismal 31-48 (.392) on the road in 2014.

 

Cardinals are Rolling St. Louis entered tonight having gone 6-1 over their last 17-games. The Red Birds have been a terrific home team in 2014 by going a sparkling 50-29 (.633). St. Louis games have played on the low side lately, going under the total in their last 5, and 8 of the last 9. As a matter of fact, the Cardinals pitching staff has been lights out of late allowing just 13-runs total during their past 8-games. Bet Cardinals over Reds for your MLB picks.
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