St. Louis Cardinals (63-56) at Cincinnati Reds (57-63)
Friday, August 16th, 2019 7:10 EST (Great American Ball Park)
Spread: Cardinals (+130) Reds (-140) O/U: 9
Free MLB Pick St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds
After a 2-1 win for the Reds over the Cardinals yesterday, tonight will be game 2 of this 4 game series. Last night, in what was a relatively uneventful outing until the 9th inning, Sonny Gray shone bright, and the Cardinals bats struggled. Gray allowed just 1 hit over 5 innings pitched, and struck out 10. On the other side of things, Michael Wacha gave up 5 hits and 2 runs through his 5 innings. The Reds scored on a pair of singles in the bottom of the 5th, and then all was quiet until Kolten Wong doubled in the 9th, sending Macell Ozuna home to close the gap. That was all St. Louis could muster though, and now we'll see Cincinnati come in as the favorites for this matchup yet again.
With a one game lead in the NL Central over the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis will turn to Adam Wainwright to try and build on it. At 37 years of age, it's clear that we have seen the peak of his career come and go. To his credit, he's currently posting his best ERA over the past 4 seasons, but the bad news is that it's still only 4.35. He's pitched 120 innings this season, giving up the same amount of hits, and striking out two less for 118 K's. The worst news for him though, is that his career numbers against this Cincinnati team are just abysmal. He's allowing batters to get on base at a rate of .408, which has lead to a 6.28 FIP. Over 125 plate appearances, which is where those numbers come from, you'd be hard pressed to find uglier statistics from any given pitcher against this Reds lineup. The one beacon of hope for Wainwright, is that in his last three starts, he's pitched well enough for a combined 3.26 ERA. It's definitely possible that he could carry that momentum into tonight and put up a solid performance.
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