Cardinals vs. Reds MLB Odds, Picks, Predictions: Sharp Action Hitting The Total In Cincinnati (August 30)
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- The Reds open a home series against the Cardinals on Monday night.
- Cincinnati opens the game 1 1/2 games up in the National League wild-card race over the Padres.
- Sharp action sees value in this matchup, as Michael Walton breaks down below.
Cardinals vs. Reds Odds
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The Cardinals look to bounce back on Monday when they take on the Reds in Cincinnati. St. Louis split a four-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend. The Reds are also in need of some positive energy, as they are coming off of a series loss to the woeful Miami Marlins.
St. Louis will have Jon Lester taking the mound, and while the lefty hasn’t been great this season, he has won his last three starts. Lester has given up six earned runs over those three starts (14.3 innings pitched).
Luis Castillo is pitching for the Reds, and the right-hander has a 3.50 ERA at Great American Ballpark. He has given up a combined three earned runs over his last 13.1 innings pitched overall.
With these two pitchers both coming in throwing well, there is a solid mix of factors here that lead to value on the total.
The Reds offense has a decent amount of pop, while the Cardinals’ offense has been uninspiring overall. Nonetheless, the Cardinals exploded for a whopping 13 runs on Saturday (August 28) in a win over the Pirates, showing that they can score in bunches on occasion.
Our latest MLB PRO Report shows that in what could be a lopsided matchup, the total is a strong play.
MLB Picks: Cardinals vs. Reds
The total for Cardinals vs. Reds opened up at 9. The total hit a high of 9.5 around 8 a.m. ET before settling at a consensus of 9 as tracked by four Action Labs Bet Signals.