Cincinnati Reds at St Louis Cardinals 9/20/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/19/2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Busch Stadium in St. Louis
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On Saturday night, Mike Leake (11-12) will look to lower his 7.31 September ERA when he and the Cincinnati Reds face off against second-year starter Michael Wacha (5-6) and the St. Louis Cardinals.
On Sunday, Mike Leake pitched six innings against the Milwaukee Brewers and ended up taking the loss. He gave up three runs on eight hits in that start and walked three batters while striking out three. Leake has given up a league-high 208 hits in his 202.1 innings of work this season and he now has a 3.65 ERA.
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has a .394 batting average in 33 at-bats against Leake with three doubles, a home run and seven RBI. Veteran Jhonny Peralta is just 1-for-11 against him with a walk and five strikeouts.
Last week, Michael Wacha could only make it through four innings against the Cincinnati Reds on the road and ended up losing for the sixth time this season. He gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits in that game and walked three hitters while striking out three. Wacha now has a 3.14 ERA on the year and he has only given up six home runs in 97.1 innings of work.
Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is 3-for-10 against Wacha in his career with a triple and a strikeout. Outfielder Jay Bruce is hitless in 10 plate appearances against him with no walks and seven strikeouts.
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
Cincinnati Reds are 67-80-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Cincinnati Reds is -0.1
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St. Louis Cardinals are 69-78-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for St. Louis Cardinals is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
09/12/14 P Mat Latos Elbow "?" next start
09/10/14 P Dylan Axelrod Oblique out indefinitely
08/18/14 P Homer Bailey Elbow 15-day DL (8/8), out for season
08/17/14 1B Joey Votto Quad 60-day DL (7/1)
08/07/14 P Logan Ondrusek Shoulder 15-day DL (7/13)
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
09/19/14 P Shelby Miller Ankle "?" for next start
08/26/14 RF Shane Robinson Shoulder 60-day DL (8/25); out for season
07/06/14 P Jaime Garcia Shoulder 60-day DL (6/24), out for season
05/13/14 P Tyler Lyons Shoulder 15-day DL (5/12)
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis
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