Cardinals vs. Reds Saturday Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds, 4/14/2018 Prediction & Odds

Even though the under cashed on Friday night in Cincinnati, will the Cardinals and Reds break out their bats on Saturday when the National League Central rivals meet again at 1:10 p.m. ET? Here's why the ball could fly at the Great American Ballpark.

Game Snapshot & Odds

903 St. Louis Cardinals at 904 Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, April 14, 2018

1:10 p.m. ET, Great American Ballpark

TV: FSMW (STL); FSO (CIN)

Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Cardinals as a -126 favorite. As of this writing, 61% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cardinals to beat the Reds on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Mikloas carries 6.00 ERA for Cardinals heading into weekend

Miles Mikolas allowed four earned runs over 6 1/3 innings on Monday in a no-decision versus the Brewers. He struck five and didn't walk anybody but Milwaukee collected eight hits, including three doubles. Mikolas, in his first two outings with the Cardinals, carries a 6.00 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP into tonight's start.

Quotable: "We're taking good at-bats," said Yadier Molina, who homered during a two-hit night and drove in three runs. "The approach we're taking, we're putting balls in play. Hopefully we can keep it going."

Finnegan activated from 10-day disabled list

The Reds activated Brandon Finnegan from the 10-day disabled list and he'll make his season debut on Saturday (on his 25th birthday, no less). Injuries limited him to just four starts during the 2017 season. He posted a 4.15 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP across 13 innings last season.

Quotable: "He's done everything we've asked him to do," Mike Price said about Finnegan. "Now, we need to get him out into a big-league ballgame and see where he's at. It's good to have him back."

MLB Betting Trends

St. Louis

The Cardinals have won seven straight meetings with the Reds in Cincinnati and six straight meetings in this series.

Cincinnati

Dating back to last season, the Reds are just 5-21 in their last 26 games overall.

Prediction:

I love the over, which is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams in Cincinnati and is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams overall. Mikolas allowed several home runs in his first start against the Brewers and while he kept the ball in the yard in his second outing, that also came in St. Louis (a pitcher's park) on a cold night. Now that the temps are warming in Cincinnati and he's back in a hitter's park, the ball should fly today.

The Pick: Cardinals/Reds over 9.5 (-105)

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