In the last of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (59-54) and the Cincinnati Reds (46-66) at Busch Stadium, Jaime Garcia (8-8, 4.04 ERA) and Anthony DeSclafani (6-0, 2.94 ERA) get the start. The Reds won the last game 7-4, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and will air on FSMW and FSOH.
In his last start, Garcia pitched 8.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out 11 and walking one in a 1-0 victory over the Braves. Brandon Moss (.259, 45 Rs, 18 HRs, 46 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI. The Reds were unsuccessful the last time DeSclafani pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking three in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates. Jay Bruce (.259, 63 Rs, 27 HRs, 84 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
St. Louis is a -165 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Cardinals have a 42-35 record and overall money line at -342. They have performed well against their division to earn a SU record of 25-19 and a 19-13 record when they were the favorite. The Cardinals come into the game with the third-ranked scoring offense in the NL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. The Cardinals are a dangerous hitting team with 394 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. The Cardinals typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.4 walks per game. Below average play has been the norm lately for the St. Louis pitchers. The Cardinals have given up an average of 6.3 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.3 runs per game. The Cardinals don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the NL with only 2.8 walks allowed per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Reds come into this game with a weak win percentage of .326 when playing as the underdog (29-60) and an overall money line of -947. Against teams in their division, they are 17-27 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 14-25 record. Cincinnati is a terror on the base paths, ranking second in the MLB with 102 stolen bases. Cincinnati's pitching staff has allowed an average of 3.0 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 5.5.
The Cardinals have mostly come out on top against the Reds in their previous 11 games this season, earning a 6-5 record. The Cardinals will take on a right-hander (DeSclafani) in this game and have a 44-35 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Reds will be the left-hander Garcia. Southpaw starters have been a big issue for them as they sport records of 3-9 on the road and 8-16 overall.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
The Cardinals are 25-20 against their divisional rivals, while the Reds are 18-27 against their division.
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 28-22, while Cincinnati is 23-32.
The Reds managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are heading in with a 13-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 34-10. The Cardinals have a 41-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 488 this season. St. Louis ranks third with 561 runs.
Ranking 25th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 311 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 388.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 47-33. When the Reds hit at least one homer, they have a 34-36 record.