The St. Louis Cardinals (40-22) and Cincinnati Reds (37-25) will continue a three-game National League Central series Sunday night at the Great American Ball Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET on ESPN
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis had its two-game winning streak snapped Saturday, as it suffered a 4-2 setback to Cincinnati as +140 road underdogs, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in six contests. The Cardinals are now 5-3 against the Reds on the season, with all three losses coming when opposed by right-hander Mat Latos. St. Louis is 18-4 following a loss this season, with the OVER going 13-8-1 in that situation.
Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (8-1, 2.76 ERA) has led the team to three consecutive victories, including a 7-1 home win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out, allowing a single run and five hits over seven frames. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA in five road outings, with opposing hitters batting .194 against him. In six career games (three starts) versus the Reds, Lynn has tallied a 2-0 record and 3.32 ERA, including a 4-2 home victory on May 1.
Cincinnati snapped a three-game losing streak, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in four contests. The Reds are hoping that first baseman Joey Votto can lead them offensively in the series finale, as he’s 11 for 29 (.379) in eight meetings with the Cardinals this season. Cincinnati is 4-1 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the OVER cashing in four of those opportunities.
Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo (6-5, 3.38 ERA) has won four of his last five outings, including a 3-0 home victory over the Colorado Rockies last time out, as he allowed four hits over eight shutout frames. The right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.64 ERA in seven home appearances, surrendering just three home runs in 47.2 combined innings. In 35 career games (33 starts) versus the Cardinals, Arroyo has compiled an 8-15 record and 4.54 ERA, including a 2-1 road loss on April 30.
Sports bettors will likely back the Cardinals due to their 18-3 record in Lynn’s last 21 starts within the division.