In the second of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (4-0) and the St. Louis Cardinals (4-0) at the Great American Ball Park, Johnny Cueto (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Michael Wacha (5-6, 3.20 ERA) take the mound. The Reds won the last game 5-4 and Cincinnati leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 11 and will air on FSN-MW and FSN-OH.
Cueto is 5-6 with a 4.19 ERA and 1.32 WHIP against the Cardinals in his career. Joey Votto (.412 ) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, two home runs, four RBIs, and one stolen base. In his pitching opportunities against the Reds, Wacha is 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA, 24 strikeouts and eight walks. Matt Holliday (.364 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Cincinnati is a -136 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at six runs. The Reds have had an impressive start to its season, earning a record of 2-0 as the favorite and with an overall money line of +310. The Reds are a power hitting team with an MLB-best six home runs. The Reds are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high nine steals. Turning to the pitching staff, the Reds don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the NL with only 7.0 hits allowed per game. An area where the Reds are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 11.0 K's per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the Cardinals come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (1-1) and an overall money line of -5. St. Louis is a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in the MLB with four stolen bases. Switching gears to St. Louis's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 0.72, best in the MLB. The St. Louis pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an NL-best 11.5 strikeouts per game.
The only other game between the two teams went Cincinnati's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Over
The Reds haven't lost a game against any of their NL Central Division opponents, sitting at a 4-0 record. The Cardinals, on the other hand, has a 1-2 record against these teams.
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.
After a weak showing last week where they got in four hits, the Reds need to step it up. The Cardinals have a record of 0-2 when opponents get four hits or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 1-2. The Reds have a 1-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, St. Louis has earned seven this season. Cincinnati ranks sixth with 18 runs.
Ranking 15th, St. Louis is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 10 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 12.
When the Reds hit at least one home run, they are 4-0. When the Cardinals hit at least one homer, they have a 0-1 record.