Sunday Night Baseball Preview: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds

The St. Louis Cardinals (27-22) and Cincinnati Reds (22-25) will continue a National League Central series Sunday night at the Great American Ball Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds 

Cardinals OF Matt Holliday has enjoyed success against Reds SP Mike Leake
Cardinals OF Matt Holliday has enjoyed success against Reds SP Mike Leake

St. Louis has won four of its last five games, including a 6-3 victory over Cincinnati as -118 road favorites Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will lead the offensive charge in this affair, considering he’s 11-for-26 with a home run and six RBIs in his career against tonight’s opposing starter.  St. Louis is 3-2 as road favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with the UNDER going 3-2 in that situation.

Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (7-2, 1.85 ERA) has led he club to three consecutive victories, including a 5-0 shutout win at home over the Arizona Cardinals last time out, as he allowed just a single hit in going the distance.  The right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.88 ERA in six road appearances—surrendering just a single home run in 43 combined frames.  In 21 lifetime appearances (16 starts) versus the Reds, Wainwright has compiled a 6-9 record and 4.75 ERA.

Cincinnati had its two-game winning streak snapped yesterday, while it went OVER the betting total for the sixth time in seven opportunities.  It’s important to point out that the franchise is 1-9 in its last 10 series against St. Louis.  Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is one of the main players to handicap in this matchup, as he’s a .304 career hitter versus Wainwright.  Cincinnati is 8-2 at home when the total is 7 or less, with the UNDER going 5-4-1 in that situation.

Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake (2-3, 2.91 ERA) hasn’t earned a decision in his last three trips to the mound, but he helped the team pick up a 4-3 road victory over the Washington Nationals last week.  The right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in three home efforts, with opposing hitters batting just .177 against him.  In 10 lifetime outings (nine starts) versus the Cardinals, Leake has tallieda  3-4 record and 5.06 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 13-6-2 in the Cardinals’ last 21 games as a favorite.

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