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Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free Moneyline Pick

Time: 7:15 PM EST Wednesday August 20, 2014 FSMW

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

The St. Louis Cardinals host the Cincinnati Reds in National League Central match up.

In their last games: In Game 2 of this 3-game series yesterday the Cardinals beat the Reds 5-4.

In yesterday’s win the Cardinals won by scoring a run in the 9th inning off a hit-by-pitch.

The Cardinals are 8-3 facing the Reds this season.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Reds are 6-2 in Johnny Cueto’s last 8 road starts.

The Cardinals are 6-2 in Lance Lynn’s last 8 starts.

The Cardinals are 7-1 in Lynn’s last 8 starts against the Reds.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Over 4 times.

Pitching Match Up

Cincinnati: Johnny Cueto (15-6, 2.06 ERA)
St. Louis: Lance Lynn (13-8, 2.91 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Reds -117 / Cardinals +107
Run Line: Cardinals -1.5 +175
Total Line: Under 7 -115

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

Cincinnati Reds: 61-65 SU / O/U 57-65 / Run Line W/L 65-61
St. Louis Cardinals: 68-57 SU / O/U 56-62 / Run Line W/L 53-72

Key Betting Trends

• CINCY is 5-16 in their last 21 road games.
• CINCY is 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
• CINCY has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.
• STL is 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
• STL is 6-1 in their last 7 home games.
• STL has an Over record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.
Key Player Injuries

REDS

Homer Bailey Strained right flexor tendon on 15-day DL(8/8)
Trevor Bell Right elbow inflammation on 60-day DL(4/8)
Todd Frazier Lower back soreness day-to-day(8/15)
Sean Marshall Left shoulder surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(6/11)
Joey Votto Strained left quadriceps on 60-day DL(7/6)

CARDINALS

Mark Ellis Left oblique strain on 15-day DL(8/15)
Jaime Garcia Left shoulder surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(6/21)
Yadier Molina Torn ligament, right thumb on 15-day DL(7/10)
Jason Motte Lower back sprain on 15-day DL(8/2)
Michael Wacha Stress reaction, right shoulder on 60-day DL(6/18)

Money Line Pick:

Prefer Cueto over Lynn, but neither pitcher likely to get a complete game and one word can sum up the Reds’ bullpen “horrible”. The Cardinals’ batters are seeing the ball well with double digit hits in 3 consecutive games and are the play here as a small home favorite against a team that has one win in their last 8 games.

Take the St. Louis Cardinals -117

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