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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds Moneyline Pick

Time: 7:15 PM EST Saturday May 24, 2014 FOX

Location: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Reds host the St. Louis Cardinals in a NL Central match up.

In their last games: In Game 1 of this 3-game series yesterday the Reds beat the Cardinals 5-3.

In the Reds win yesterday Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco both hit HR’s with Frazier’s being the big bomb with a 3-run shot in the 3rd inning.

This season the Cardinals are 4-3 facing the Reds.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

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

The Cardinals are 9-4 in Jaime Garcia’s last 13 starts against the Reds.

The Reds are 4-1 in Tony Cingrani’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record.

Cingrani is 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in 3 home starts against the Cardinals

Pitching Match Up
St. Louis Cardinals: Jaime Garcia (0-0, 5.14 ERA)
Cincinnati Reds: Tony Cingrani (2-3, 3.76 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Cardinals -101 / Reds -109
Run Line: Cincinnati -1.5 +180
Total Line: 7 Over -120

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
St. Louis Cardinals 26-22 SU / O/U 21-23 / Run Line W/L 22-26
Cincinnati Reds: 22-24 SU / O/U 20-24 / Run Line W/L 25-21

Key Betting Trends
• STL is 7-2 in their last 9 overall.
• STL is 36-15 in their last 51 games following a loss.
• STL has an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
• CINCY is 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home favorite.
• CINCY is 20-8 in their last 28 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
• CINCY has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.

Key Player Injuries

Tyler Lyons SP D.L. May 13 shoulder Early June?
Joe Kelly SP D.L. Apr 17 hamstring June?

Joey Votto 1B D.L. May 21 quadriceps Early June?
Trevor Bell RP D.L. Apr 8 elbow Late April?
Mat Latos SP D.L. Mar 30 elbow Early June?
Brett Marshall SP D.L. Mar 30 finger Out indefinitely
Jack Hannahan 3B D.L. Mar 30 shoulder Out indefinitely

Moneyline Pick:

Cardinals’ starter Jaime Garcia made his first big league start in just over a year last Sunday and pitched adequately allowing 4 runs over 7 innings. That start was at home and against the scoring challenged Atlanta Braves and arguably Cincinnati is in the same class, but he will have to face them on the road. Tony Cingrani gets the ball for the Reds and he’s started twice against the Cards this season with a less than impressive start in St. Louis allowing 3 runs in 4 innings and a super sharp outing at home going 7 innings and allowing 2 hits and zero runs. That being said Cingrani made his first start in 18 days last Sunday after being on the disabled list with a shoulder issue. It is reported that he did not look sharp and was getting hit hard by the Phillies. He may have been rusty with the extra time off, but he’ll have to prove that before I back him. St. Louis is the hot team here winning 7 of their last 9 and while they are not as strong on the road they’re the play here.
Take St. Louis +100

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