Cardinals vs. Reds MLB Prediction

Cardinals vs. Reds, 7/23/21 MLB Betting Predictions & DFS Notes

The Cardinals have won five of their last seven games coming out of the All-Star Break and will look to climb the NL Central standings this weekend when they take on the Reds in Cincinnati. Will St. Louis take Game 1 tonight a 7:10 p.m. ET?

Game Snapshot

957 St. Louis Cardinals (+144) at 958 Cincinnati Reds (-157); o/u 9.5

7:10 p.m. ET, Friday, July 23, 2021

Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH

St. Louis Cardinals DFS SPIN

Dylan Carlson went 3-for-4 with a leadoff homer on Thursday evening, lifting the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Cubs in the finale of a four-game series at Busch Stadium. Carlson connected on a 94 mph sinker from righty Adbert Alzolay, launching a tape-measure 420-foot shot to right field to lead off the ballgame. He also blasted a pair of doubles to cap off an impressive three-hit effort. The 22-year-old outfielder has gone deep twice in seven games since the All-Star break. He's hitting .259/.341/.412 with 49 runs scored, nine homers and 38 RBI across 402 plate appearances. Amazingly, he hasn't stolen a base this season after tallying 20 thefts across 126 games in the upper minors during the 2019 campaign.

Chicago Cubs DFS Spin

Nick Castellanos (wrist) could be sidelined for a couple of weeks. Castellanos hasn't started a game for the Reds since last Friday due to lingering right wrist discomfort, and a CT scan taken Wednesday showed a microfracture. He'll presumably be placed on the 10-day injured list ahead of Friday's series opener against the Cardinals. This is a tough blow for the 29-year-old outfielder, who just made his first career All-Star Game appearance last Tuesday at Coors Field.

Cardinals vs. Reds Betting Prediction

The Cardinals are 21-10 in their last 31 meetings with the Reds in Cincinnati and have won five of their last six games coming out of the break. They’re also 4-0 in their last four games as an underdog, are 5-1 in their last six games after allowing two runs or less in their previous game and have now won four of their last five divisional games. On the other side, the Reds have lost five of their last six, are 1-5 in their last six home games and are 1-5 in their last six home games when facing an opponent like the Cardinals that have a winning record.

MLB BETTING PREDICTION: CINCINNATI REDS -157

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