A National League Central begins Monday, August 31, 2020, when the St. Louis Cardinals (12-13) visit the Cincinnati Reds (15-19) in game one of a three-game series. The Cardinals sit in second in the NL Central, 3.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs, while the Reds sit in fourth place, five games back. This game will air live on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. EST.
The St. Louis Cardinals faced the hot Cleveland Indians over the weekend and lost two of three. Cleveland won the first game in a dominating fashion, 14-2, and then won a tight 2-1 affair in 12 innings on Saturday. St. Louis fought back and came away with a 7-2 win to salvage the series.
Cincinnati faced the first-place Chicago Cubs and split a four-game series. The Reds won a tight first game 6-5, but then lost the first game of the Saturday double header 3-0. Cincy then fought back for a 6-5 win in game two of that double header before dropping the final game of the series 10-1 on Sunday.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. All odds are from PointsBet Sportsbook.
St. Louis Cardinals (+104) at Cincinnati Reds (-121)
Pitching Matchup: Daniel Hudson (0-2, 3.32 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) vs Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.71 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)
Daniel Hudson has put together three solid starts in a row and will look to continue this good form on Monday. Last time out, Hudson gave up just two earned runs and three hits in six innings of work against the Kansas City Royals. In the two starts prior, Hudson have up a combined three hits and one earned run in 8.2 innings pitched.
Anthony DeSclafani has had two greats starts, one good start, and one poor outing in 2020 so far. DeSclafani started the season with two starts that saw him give up a combined five hits and zero earned runs in 11 combined innings. The righty then got roughed up as he gave up nine hits and nine earned runs in just two innings pitched against the Pittsburgh Pirates. DeSclafani bounced back a bit last time out with a three hit, two earned run outing against the Cardinals.
It has been the Paul Goldschmidt show in St. Louis this season as the first baseman leads the team with a .325 batting average, .461 on base percentage, .500 slugging, and .961 OPS. Right fielder Dexter Fowler leads the team with four home runs and designated hitter Matt Carpenter leads the way with 13 RBI’s.
Designated hitter Jesse Winker is carrying the Reds offense this season as he leads them with a .320 batting average, .431 on base percentage, .691 slugging, and a 1.122 OPS. Winker is tied with right fielder Nick Castellanos for a team high 10 home runs and Castellanos leads the Reds with 23 RBI’s.
MLB Picks: Give me the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.
2020 Picks Record: 35-27