Raisel Iglesias (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (4-1) go up against Carlos Martinez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (2-2) in the last of a three-game division series at the Great American Ball Park. The Cardinals won the last game 4-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 12 and will air on FSN-MW and FSN-OH.
Todd Frazier (.316 ) continued his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Reds, Martinez is 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA, 18 strikeouts and three walks. Matt Holliday (.333 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Cincinnati is a slight underdog (+105) and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Reds have started off well when they're the underdog with a 2-0 record as well as a +426 overall money line. The Reds are a power hitting team with an MLB-best seven home runs. The Reds are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high 10 steals. Turning to the pitching staff, an area where the Reds are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 11.2 K's per game.
The Cardinals have racked up five steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 0.74, best in the MLB. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the NL with an average of 8.7 strikeouts per road game.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Over
The Reds have a 4-1 record against the NL Central Division, while the Cardinals have split their meetings with divisional opponents, 2-2.
St. Louis has lost all of its games (0-2) when leading after 7 innings. However, Cincinnati has won all of its games (1-0) when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Reds are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Cardinals have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 2-2. The Reds have a 1-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th, St. Louis sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 11 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 19.
Ranking 16th, St. Louis is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 11 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top half at 12th with 13.
The Reds are 4-1 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 1-1 when they hit at least one homer.