Baseball Picks: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds Prediction: June 8th 2013

| June 8, 2013

Baseball Picks: June 8th 2013
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds
Prediction: Under 8.5 runs -110 odds

This is a 1* baseball pick on the “under” between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night (7:15 EST).

Tyler Lyons (2-1, 2.66 ERA) gets the call for the visitors; Lyons gave up four earned runs off eight hits in a 4-2 setback to San Francisco on Sunday; it was the 25-year olds first major league loss. Lyons did not allow a single run in either of his first two outings, going through seven frames in both, and did manage to go 6 1/3 vs. the Giants; despite the loss Lyons’ ERA sits at a spectacular 2.66. He’ll be opposed by Mat Latos (5-0, 2.90 ERA) who gave up two runs off three hits with two walks while striking out seven over seven frames of work vs. the Pirates on Sunday, unfortunate to get saddled with a no-decision after his bullpen let him down late (was the fourth time this year that Latos has been the victim of a blown save). While past success guarantees nothing in the future, Latos will be throwing with the added confidence today in knowing that when he faced the Cards in late April he’d strike out four over six scoreless innings. Just like yesterday’s starters in Game 1 of this series, here are a couple of pitchers who come in with considerable momentum and confidence. “Recent performance” always plays a big part in my handicapping repertoire, so when you also take into consideration the rest of the factors listed above, I definitely feel the stage is set for a classic “pitchers duel” tonight. How about you? What do you think? Can these hurlers hold these hard-hitting lineups at bay, or do they get chased early?

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