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The Cincinnati Reds will be looking for another win as they host the St. Louis Cardinals this Friday. The Reds are currently 43-51 after losing to the Cardinals in their last game. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 49-46 after beating the Reds in their last game. However, Friday marks just the second game of this series as both teams will look to build some momentum with a little bit more than half of the regular season in the books.
Cardinals Look To Stay In Second Place
The St. Louis Cardinals have won just 49 of their first 97 games. However, the team is still in the hunt in the NL Central standings. After being in first place for the first month of the season, the team is currently in second place and is just 2.5 game back of the first place spot. The main reason for the team’s struggles is the team’s inability to win on the road. Specifically, the Cardinals have won just 21 of their first 47 road games. To make matters worse, the team is just 24-20 in games against teams with a losing record this season which is the 12th-worst record in the league. With a matchup against a team with a losing record on Friday, the Cardinals will look to improve upon that record.
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— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 19, 2019
The St. Louis Cardinals are led by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt who has extremely underwhelming so far this season. In the team’s first 95 games, he only has a .248 batting average along with 18 home runs and 43 RBIs. To make matters worse, he has been even worse after the All-Star Break as he has just a .200 batting average in 20 at-bats. However, the Cardinals are currently dealing with injuries to key players such as Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna so Goldschmidt will need to step up moving forward.
Reds Look For Another Home Win
The Cincinnati Reds have won just 43 of their first 94 games. In addition, the team is now in last place in the NL Central division despite the inconsistency amongst the other four teams. The Reds also enter this game after a disappointing performance yesterday as the team blew a three-run lead and ended up losing by three runs. However, the Reds have been surprisingly good at home this season as the team is 24-22 in front of its hometown fans. Now, the Reds will turn to Tyler Mahle as the starting pitcher for this contest. So far, in his first 18 starts, he is 2-10 with a 4.82 ERA. To put that into perspective, his ten losses are the second-most losses in the National League and the Reds have only won four times in games that he has pitched in this season.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 19, 2019
The Cincinnati Reds are led by first baseman Joey Votto who has been absolutely terrible this season. In the team’s first 94 games, he only has a .257 batting average along with 8 home runs and 24 RBIs. Out of all qualified batters, Votto is currently tied for the fewest RBIs in the league. To make matters worse, he has performed even worse at at the plate since the All-Star Break. In 24 at-bats since the layoff, he only has reached base 4 times as he continues to underperform at the plate.
- Reds are 2-10 in Mahle’s last 12 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Reds are 1-5 in Mahle’s last 6 starts with 4 days of rest.
- Cardinals are 47-16 in Wainwright’s last 63 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Cardinals are 41-14 in Wainwright’s last 55 starts during game 2 of a series.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although this game is in Cincinnati, I can see the Cardinals winning on Friday. Mahle has been arguably the least successful pitcher in the league this season is coming off of arguably the worst start of his MLB career in which he gave up ten runs so I do not trust him in this game. Meanwhile, Wainwright has been serviceable this season and he also has yet to give up a run since the All-Star Break. Give me the Cardinals as a result.
Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals
Full-Game Total Pick
With both of these teams’ starters, I have to lean to the over. Mahle has been a proverbial gas can all season long and Wainwright is well past his prime so I can see both of them struggling in this game. Plus, both teams have below average bullpens so I can see both teams generating a lot of scoring chances throughout all nine innings. I expect St, Louis a to score at least six runs in this game so the final score should be over the posted total.
Prediction: Over 10.5