Reds vs. Cardinals Prediction
The St. Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny last night after a second straight home loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Will the change spark St. Louis and lead to a win today in the series finale?
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Busch Stadium at 2:15PM ET
TV: FS-M (STL)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Cardinals are a -167 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Reds are a +157 underdog, while the total is set at 9 runs. As of Sunday morning, 71 percent of public bets are coming in on host St. Louis. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Matheny canned after loss
St. Louis' brass fired Matheny as the Cardinals dropped to 47-46 after last night's 8-2 home loss to Cincinnati. Mike Shildt will serve as the interim manager. St. Louis was paced by Matt Carpenter in the defeat as he went 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Dexter Fowler finished 2-for-4. Jordan Hicks took the loss in relief as he gave up four earned runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk in one-third of an inning.
Peraza has five-hit game
Reds shortstop Jose Peraza finished 5-for-6 with a run and two RBIs in Saturday's win. Joey Votto went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, a run and two RBIs. Scooter Gennett finished 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two RBIs. David Hernandez earned the win as he gave up a hit in a scoreless inning of relief.
MLB Betting Trends
The over is 18-6-2 in the last 24 Reds games overall. Cincinnati is 5-17 in the last 22 meetings.
The over is 7-1 in the last eight Cardinals games following a loss. St. Louis is 8-4 in Mikolas' last 13 starts.
St. Louis is in desperation mode as the firing of a manager shows. It's surprising the Cardinals didn't wait until the All-Star Break to fire Matheny, meaning one more game. I'd like to fade the Cardinals today, but the fact is Mikolas has been their most consistent pitcher and the firing could be a wakeup call. Bet on favored St. Louis in this spot.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS -167