Cardinals vs Reds Prediction - MLB Picks 5/24/23

Cincinnati Reds (20-28) vs St. Louis Cardinals (22-28)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Ben Lively (1-2) (2.45) vs Steven Matz (0-5) (5.05)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds +130 / St. Louis Cardinals -160 --- Over/Under: 10 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Cardinals will play the Cincinnati Reds in Game 3 of their series on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cardinals Preview

The St. Louis Cardinals are 22-28 this season and they have won five of their last seven games. St. Louis won Game 2 in this series by a score of 8-5 on Tuesday night. The St. Louis pitching staff has a 4.34 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, and a .265 opponent batting average this season. The Cardinals offense has scored 258 runs with a .263 batting average and a .336 on base percentage. Nolan Gorman is batting .297 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI’s for the Cardinals. The projected starting pitcher for St. Louis is Steven Matz, who is 0-5 with a 5.05 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP over 46.1 innings pitched this year. 

Reds Preview

The Cincinnati Reds are 20-28 this season and they have lost five of their last six games. Cincinnati won Game 1 in this series by a score of 6-5 on Monday night. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 5.11 ERA, a 1.49 WHIP, and a .273 opponent batting average. The Reds offense has scored 206 runs with a .243 batting average and a .322 on base percentage this year. Jake Fraley is batting .271 with five home runs and 33 RBI’s for the Reds. The projected starting pitcher for Cincinnati is Ben Lively, who is 1-2 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP over 11.0 innings pitched this season.

Trends

St. Louis is 4-1 in their last 5 game three’s of a series and 3-7 in their last 10 Wednesday games. The over is 6-1 in St. Louis’ last 7 road games. Cincinnati is 15-37 in their last 52 Wednesday games and 1-5 in their last 6 games. The under is 4-1 in Cincinnati’s last 5 Wednesday games. The under is 6-3 in these two teams last 9 head to head meetings.

Pick

St. Louis has played much better over the last couple of weeks than they did to start the season, but these teams are very close in the NL Central race. St. Louis is starting Steven Matz, who has allowed four earned runs over his last 15.1 innings pitched. Cincinnati is starting Ben Lively, who has allowed three earned runs over his last 11.0 innings of work. The Reds have struggled in recent games, but I like them to get the win here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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