In the first of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (21-36) and the St. Louis Cardinals (30-27) at the Great American Ball Park, John Lamb (1-3, 5.58 ERA) and Mike Leake (4-4, 3.82 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 7 and will air on FSMW and FSOH.
In his most recent outing, Lamb pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out two and walking one in a 7-2 victory over the Rockies. Jay Bruce (.280, 34 Rs, 13 HRs, 40 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 Sunday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. The Cardinals were victorious over the Brewers 10-3 the last time Leake pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking one. Matt Adams (.325, 17 Rs, 7 HRs, 27 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Cardinals, going 2 for 3 Sunday with one run and one RBI.
The Cardinals are a -165 road favorite with a total of 9.5 for this NL Central showdown.
Pick - Stl
The Reds are struggling at 9-16 in their division, while the Cardinals are 9-12.
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 18-13, while Cincinnati is 10-18.
The Cardinals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Reds have a record of 3-11 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 16-6. The Cardinals have a 25-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 250 this season. St. Louis ranks second with 307 runs.
Ranking 22nd, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.716). St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .796.
The Cardinals are 17-20 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Reds are 16-29 when they allow at least one homer.