An important National League Central battle concludes Wednesday, September 2, 2020, when the St. Louis Cardinals (14-13) visit the Cincinnati Reds (15-21) as the two finish their three-game series. St. Louis sit sin second place in the NL Central, three games back of the Cubs, and the Reds are currently in fourth place and 3.5 games back of the second playoff spot in the NL Central. This game will air live on MLB Network at 6:40 p.m. EST.
It has been all St. Louis in this series as the Cardinals won game one 7-5 and then walked away with a crushing 16-2 loss on Tuesday. The Cardinals appear to be hitting their stride and that could be dangerous for the contenders in the National League.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds. All odds are from SugarHouse Sportsbook.
St. Louis Cardinals (+123) at Cincinnati Reds (-141)
Pitching Matchup: Johan Oviedo (0-1, 3.60 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) vs Tyler Mahle (1-1, 3.91 ERA, 1.13 WHIP)
Johan Oviedo is set to make his third career start as he looks to continue his strong start to 2020. Oviedo has given up a combined six hits and four earned runs in 10 innings pitched this season.
Tyler Mahle will look to continue his strong 2020 as the righty has yet to give up more than three earned runs in start this season. Mahle’s ERA is inflated due to him making a 3.1 inning relief appearance and allowing three earned runs. In his four starts, Mahle has given up a combined 14 hits and seven earned runs in 19.2 innings pitched.
It has been the Paul Goldschmidt show for St. Louis in 2020 as the first baseman leads the team with a .353 batting average, .495 on base percentage, .541 slugging, and 1.037 OPS. Right fielder Dexter Fowler and third baseman Brad Miller are tied for the team lead with four home runs. Miller also leads the Cardinals with 18 RBI’s.
Designated hitter Jesse Winker has been the catalyst at the plate for Cincinnati this season as he leads the team with a .327 batting average, .433 on base percentage, .683 slugging, and 1.117 OPS. Winker is also tied with right fielder Nick Castellanos with a team high 10 home runs in 2020. Castellanos leads Cincinnati with 24 RBI’s on the year.
MLB Picks: I like the St. Louis Cardinals to get the win Wednesday.
2020 Picks Record: 39-27