Reds vs. Cardinals MLB Prediction
National League Central rivals clash in St. Louis on Friday night when the Cardinals host the Reds at 8:15 p.m. ET. Are the Cardinals a solid underdog play?
957 Cincinnati Reds (-109) at 958 St. Louis Cardinals (+101); o/u 7.5
8:15 p.m. ET, Friday, April 23, 2021
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Cincinnati Reds DFS Spin
Jesse Winker homered twice and walked twice Thursday in a loss to the Diamondbacks. Winker would probably have more fantasy value batting third or fourth than he does as a leadoff man, but he's crushing it so far; he's batting .373 with three homers and 11 runs scored in 51 at-bats. In the past, he's struggled to score runs from the top of the Reds' lineup, in part because he's not really an asset in the basepaths. This year, though, the guys hitting below him have done a great job of knocking him in.
St. Louis Cardinals DFS Spin
Kwang-Hyun Kim allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over three innings Saturday, taking a no-decision vs the Phillies. Kim was likely held back in his return outing due to ramp-up concerns, which included a 30-pitch opening inning. The Phillies were easily turning on the left-handers inside fastball which averaged just 88.5 miles per hour Saturday, down 1.4 mph from last season. The important thing for the Cardinals is that Kim is back and healthy, even if they have yet to have a pitcher other than Jack Flaherty complete six innings this season. The 32-year-old will look to go deeper into his next start which will be next weekend against the Reds at home.
Reds vs. Cardinals Betting Prediction
The Reds are 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these two teams and are 13-3 in their last 16 divisional games. The Cardinals are 0-4 in their last four games as an underdog, are 1-5 in their last six games when their opponent allows five runs or more in their previous game and are 1-4 in their last five home games.
MLB BETTING PREDICTION: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS +101