The St. Louis Cardinals have compiled a 6.58 bullpen ERA through seven games—which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Tuesday night—as they prepare to take on the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.
Sports bettors will find that the Cardinals are -109 home favorites in the pro baseball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 8.5 in the market.
Let's take a closer look at this National League Central matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up an official pick along the way.
The Cincinnati Reds have scored 40 combined runs in their last four games, and they are coming off a 13-4 series-opening victory against the St. Louis Cardinals as +104 road underdogs Monday.
Sports bettors will find that the Reds have won 35 of their last 51 games against division rivals dating back to last season.
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn didn't earn a decision in a 10-9 road loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks as -102 road underdogs last Wednesday, as he allowed four runs and six hits over four frames.
The Cardinals have won 14 of Lynn's last 15 starts versus National League Central opponents, while the UNDER is 5-2 in their last seven games as a home favorite.
I'm going to recommend that readers back the St. Louis Cardinals in the first five innings Tuesday night, as Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo is 1-4 with a 6.12 ERA in his last eight road starts in this series.
MLB Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -109 First Five Innings
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