Cincinnati Reds at St Louis Cardinals 8/18/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/17/2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Busch Stadium in St. Louis
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Monday night, the Cincinnati Reds will put the ball in the hands of Mike Leake (9 – 11, 3.59 ERA) as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals and Justin Masterson (6 – 7, 5.58 ERA). Leake makes his 26th start and Masterson makes his 23rd.
Mike Leake dropped his 2nd straight game in his last start. In that loss, Leake surrendered 5 runs and 8 hits (including a home run) in 5 innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out 3. Leake has been a model of consistency as he seems to win a few or lose a few in streaks. In his last 10 starts he is 4 - 5. Last season, Leake was much better as he posted a 14 – 7 record with a 3.37 ERA in 31 starts.
In 2013, Leake was 0 – 2 with an 8.27 ERA in 3 starts against the Cardinals. This season, Leake is 1 – 1 in 2 starts against St. Louis.
Justin Masterson turned in a solid start in his last outing and he took home a win for his efforts. In 7 shutout innings of work, Masterson gave up just 3 hits and no walks while striking out 3. It was one of his better starts of the season and his best since coming to St. Louis from Cleveland. Masterson is 4 - 3 in his last 10 trips to the mound. Last season, Masterson finished with a 14 – 10 record and a 3.45 ERA in 29 starts and 3 relief appearances for the Indians.
In 2013, Masterson beat the Reds in his only start against them after holding Cincinnati to a run (on a solo homer) and 4 hits in 6 innings. Cincinnati is batting just .198 against Masterson with 17 hits, 3 homers and 8 RBIs in 86 at-bats.
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
Cincinnati Reds are 53-64-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Cincinnati Reds is 0.2
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 52-62-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for St Louis Cardinals is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
08/15/14 P Homer Bailey Elbow out indefinitely
08/07/14 P Logan Ondrusek Shoulder 15-day DL (7/13)
07/10/14 2B Brandon Phillips Thumb 15-day DL (7/9)
07/08/14 1B Joey Votto Quad 15-day DL (7/1)
06/21/14 P Trevor Bell Elbow 60-day DL (4/08)
06/14/14 P Sean Marshall Shoulder 60-day DL (6/13)
St Louis Cardinals
08/08/14 P Jason Motte Back 15-day DL (8/1)
07/10/14 C Yadier Molina Thumb 15-day DL (7/9)
07/06/14 P Jaime Garcia Shoulder 60-day DL (6/24), out for season
06/23/14 P Michael Wacha Shoulder 60-day DL (6/21)
05/13/14 P Tyler Lyons Shoulder 15-day DL (5/12)
Josh's Pick: Take Cincinnati
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