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Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals
The fighting squads meet when Cincinnati and St. Louis begin a three-game NL Central series tonight. Playing time for the Reds vs. Cardinals contest is scheduled for 8:15 pm ET at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. This is the fourth of 19 meetings this year. These teams opened the season with three high-scoring contests in Cincinnati. After the Cardinals posted an 11–6 victory in Game 1, the Reds won the series with 9–6 and 12–1 victories. St. Louis won the season series 6-4 last year. The Cardinal posted a 4-3 record in seven games played at Busch Stadium.
Cincinnati (9–9) enters this series with a four-game losing streak. They are two games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central standings. After opening the season with a 6-1 record, the Reds have lost eight of their last 11 games. Cincinnati heads to St. Louis after a six-game home stay. The Reds posted a 2-1 series win against the Cleveland Indians before being swept 3-0 by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cincinnati leads the league with 31 home runs and 111 runs scored on offense. Pitching has been a problem for the Reds, ranking 28th overall with 94 runs allowed.
St. Louis (8-10) opened the season with a 5-2 record, but they have tied the Reds with eight losses in their last 11 games. The Cardinals had a day off yesterday and returned home from a six-game road trip. St. Louis lost twice at Philadelphia (9-2, 2-0) but avoided a sweep with a 9-4 win in Game 2 against the Phillies. That was followed by a 2-1 series loss in Washington. The Cardinals defeated the Nationals 12-5 in the first game before losing 3-2 on Tuesday and 1-0 on Wednesday. St. Louis is averaging 4.72 runs on offense and has allowed 4.83 runs on defense.
After starting the season on IR due to a back injury, RHP Sonny Gray (0-0, 4.15 ERA) makes his second start for Cincinnati. He allowed two runs and six hits, in 4.1 innings, but made no decisions in the Reds’ 3-2 win over Cleveland on April 17. Extending his own major league record, Gray has allowed no more than six hits during his last 45 hits. starts. LHP Kwang-Hyun Kim is making his second start for St. Louis. He allowed three runs and five hits in three innings and made no decisions during the Cardinals’ 9–4 victory in Philadelphia on April 17. Quit racing and bet on Cincinnati.
Pick: Cincinnati Reds -1.5 (+160) race line
San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers
Rivals from the National League West meet when San Diego visits Los Angeles for the second of a four-game series. The first pitch for the Padres vs. Dodgers is at 10:10 pm ET at Dodger Stadium. San Diego scored a run in the eighth inning and won the first game 3-2 last night. The Padres made a double play, with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the eighth, to secure the victory. Los Angeles went 2-1 during a three-game series in San Diego last week. The Dodgers won the first two games (11–6 and 2–0) before the Padres avoided a sweep with a 5–2 victory in the series finale.
San Diego (11-10) opened the season with an 8-3 record, but has lost seven of its last 10 games. The Padres are third overall in the NL West Division. They are behind San Francisco by two games and Los Angeles by four games. Prior to this road series, San Diego was 1-5 in six home games. After the 2-1 series loss to the Dodgers, the Padres were outscored 13-3 during a three-game sweep against Milwaukee. San Diego entered this series with a 2-7 slip, and all seven losses were by two runs or more. The Padres score 3.57 runs on offense and allow 3.38 runs on defense.
Los Angeles (14-5) opened the season with a 13-2 record, but has lost three of its last four games. Following the 2-1 series victory in San Diego, the Dodgers played two games in Seattle. The Mariners held a 4-2 lead after five innings and posted a 4-3 victory in the first game. Los Angeles had just two hits, but held Seattle to one hit during a 1-0 win in the second game. After scoring 44 runs during an eight-game winning streak, the Dodgers have scored eight total runs in the last four games. Los Angeles has been a favorite on the money line in the 20 games they have played so far this season.
Tonight’s pitching showdown features the starters of the Dodgers’ 2-0 victory in San Diego on April 17. RHP Yu Darvish (1–1, 2.55 ERA) makes his fifth start for San Diego. In one hit in seven innings, he allowed just one run, but took the loss in the first game. LZ Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.19 ERA) makes his fifth start for Los Angeles. He held San Diego to just two hits, in six scoreless innings, and won the first game. Kershaw had the game-winning RBI when he caught a walkthrough on a bases loaded in the fifth inning. Supporting the highest-scoring offense, take the Dodgers to the money line.
Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers money line (-143)
2021 MLB regular season betting record: 11-15 (-5.90 units)
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.