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The Cincinnati Reds will host the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday evening in Game 1 of their upcoming series. First pitch is set for 7:10 P.M ET. As division rivals, this will be their third series against each other so far in 2019.
Reds Can’t Get Over Hump
During the first half of the 2019 MLB regular season, there were times when it looked as if the Cincinnati Reds were going to break out, start putting a bunch of wins together, and get their record over .500. But every time they win a few, they lose a few, and the process starts all over again. Since the break, they’ve continued to disappoint, winning two of six, and it’s quite possible some moves are made before the trade deadline to cash in on some assets.
Luckily, they start a new series on Thursday, so they have somewhat of a fresh start. They’re currently 43-50 and the deadline is right around the corner; if they want to keep their squad intact, the time is now.
— Strand Sport Stats (@StrandStats) July 14, 2019
One of the reasons the Reds have hope is their newest star, Yasiel Puig. Despite a slow start, he’s earned fan-favorite status in Cincinnati after going on an epic run. Since June 4th, Puig has posted a .345 batting average with 12 home runs. Now, he has 22 home runs on the year (87 games). By comparison, last year, he had 23 in 125 games.
Cardinals in a Good Spot
The second half has been going well for the St. Louis Cardinals so far. In six games, they’ve gone 4-2 to get two games over the .500 mark. Yes, they’re still in third place in the NL Central but as far as the NL Wild Card race goes, they’re just a half-game back of the final spot. If they can keep up the way they’ve been playing, a spot is definitely realistic.
Since the second half started, the pitching staff has really done a great job. In six games, they’ve allowed 16 runs — less than three per game — and a batting average of just .215.
Tyler O'Neill… so hot right now! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/e9yNchGIcP
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 16, 2019
Offensively, the second half has been a time for Tyler O’Neill to shine. He’s gone 10-for-20 since the MLB All-Star break, including four home runs. The power numbers finally coming up has been huge for St. Louis. Before his four homers in six games, he had just one in his 28 previous games.
- 2-6 in their last 8 games overall.
- 11-23 in their last 34 games vs. St. Louis.
St. Louis is:
- 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
- 9-1 in Hudsons last 10 starts.
- 9-1 in Hudsons last 10 starts on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Great value here on St. Louis. They have the better pitcher on the hill in Dakota Hudson, who is coming off back-to-back wins, and they’re red-hot. On the flip side, the Reds are at the end of their rope; this team might get blown up very soon. Plus, their starter, Tanner Roark, has been extremely hittable recently, posting an ERA north of 6.00 in his last three starts.
Prediction: St. Louis +115
Full-Game Total Pick
I’ve got two solid reasons why this game is going over: first, Tanner Roark is going to get rocked. I’ve watched him a ton as a D.C. resident and he’s worse than his season ERA lends. Recently, it’s started to show. In addition, their last three meetings have stayed under, which tells me it’s high time for an OVER!!
Prediction: Over 9.5