Reds vs. Cardinals Sunday Prediction

Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 9/2/2018 Prediction & Odds

The Cincinnati Reds figured out a way to silence the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals with a 4-0 victory on Saturday. Which team will win the rubber match when these National League Central rivals wrap up their series on Sunday?

Game Snapshot & Odds

905 Cincinnati Reds (+140) at 906 St. Louis Cardinals (-155); 8.5 runs

Sunday, September 2, 2018

2:15 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium

TV: CIN (FSO); STL (FSMW)

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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Cardinals as a -155 favorite. As of this writing, 67% 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.

Reds’ DeSclafani allows four runs in win over Brewers

Anthony DeSclafani yielded four runs in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday in a win over the Brewers. DeSclafani's last two outings haven't gone as well as his three previous, but he did have a quality start going tonight until allowing two runs in the seventh. He's a weak streaming play with the Cardinals next up on the schedule, but there will be starts next month in which he'll be worth using.

Cardinals’ Weaver to make spot start Sunday vs. Reds

Luke Weaver will start for the Cardinals on Sunday against the Reds. The Cards have elected to push Jack Flaherty back a day to Monday in Washington as they keep an eye on his workload. Weaver has allowed one run over four innings across three relief appearances since being demoted to the bullpen earlier this month. He's posted a 4.67 ERA and 112/44 K/BB ratio over 125 1/3 frames across 24 starts this season and makes for a relatively risky streaming option.

MLB Betting Trends

Cincinnati

The Reds are 3-8 in DeScalfani’s last 11 starts on Sunday.

St. Louis

The Cardinals are 22-7 in their last 29 games played overall.

Prediction:

I’m going to take a flier on the Reds, who are 5-1 in DeSclafani’s last six starts and are 4-1 in his last five outings when he pitches the third game of a series. Meanwhile, Weaver hasn’t been sharp, which is why he was moved to the bullpen not long ago. He’s making a spot start on Sunday but he’s hittable. The Cardinals are winless in his last four outings when he faces an opponent with a losing record.

 

The Pick: Cincinnati Reds +135

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