Jason Marquis (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Michael Wacha (5-6, 3.20 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (3-0) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1-1) at the Great American Ball Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 10 and can be seen on FSN-MW and FSN-OH.
Marquis is 6-3 with a 4.15 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts against the Cardinals. Todd Frazier (.308 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Against the Reds, Wacha is 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 24 strikeouts. Matt Holliday (.375 ) went 1 for 4 Wednesday.
St. Louis takes on Cincinnati as a -116 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Reds are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with four. Cincinnati leads the MLB in steals, swiping seven bases. Crossing over to the pitching and defensive side, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Reds. The 3.0 runs that Cincinnati's pitchers allow per game makes them the fifth-ranked staff in the NL. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Reds, who lead the NL in strikeouts per game with 13.0.
The Cardinals are an excellent base stealing team with four stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cardinals are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 0.59 for the season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Over
The Reds sit at a perfect 3-0 record against the NL Central Division, while the Cardinals have split their meetings against the division (1-1).
In extra innings, the Reds are 1-0.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 1-1. The Reds have a 1-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, St. Louis has earned three this season. Cincinnati ranks ninth with 13 runs.
Ranking 13th, St. Louis is in the top half of the league in walks, notching seven this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at 10th with eight.