Take 903 St. Louis Cardinals -135 over Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis looks to avoid a four-game sweep when they visit the Reds for the series finale at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Michael Wacha will take the hill for the struggling Redbirds while the Reds will add to their MLB record streak of starts by rookie pitchers when they send Raisel Iglesias to the hill.
Cincinnati is poised for its first four-game sweep of St. Louis in 12 years.
The Cardinals (88-53) still own the best record in baseball but have lost 8 of 10 and lead Pittsburgh by just 2.5 games in the Central Division. The Cards are struggling to put any offense together against the Reds, who have outscored them 20-3 in the first three games of the series. St. Louis is batting .227 and averaging 2.3 runs during their past 10 games.
Cincinnati (60-81) is riding high behind its young starting staff which has a lofty 5.14 ERA since that streak began but has a 2.31 ERA in seven games against the Cardinals. Iglesias (3-7, 4.18 ERA) who has lost three consecutive decisions, is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts against St. Louis and took a 4-1 loss in the most recent July 27.
St. Louis is hoping that Wacha (15-5, 2.96 ERA) can be its stopper. This would appear to be a good spot for the former Texas A&M ace who is 4-1 with a 1.74 ERA in nine games (eight starts) vs. the Redlegs. The Cardinals are 12-3 in Wacha’s 15 road starts.
The Reds are 6-15 in their last 21 home games.