Date/Time: June 9th, 8:05 PM ET
Probable Starters: Lynn (St. Louis) vs. Arroyo (Cincinnati)
Moneyline: Cardinals -110
After splitting the first two games of this three-game set, the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals will meet for the third and final time in the rubber match of this series at the Great American Ball Park on Sunday Night Baseball.
St. Louis really just seems to be a machine at this point. This is the first team to reach 40 wins on the season, and though yesterday’s game was lost, there is no doubt that that won’t get the club down for long. This is a resilient squad which had scored 21 runs in its last two games before losing on Saturday, and the offense is sure to pick it back up once again come Sunday. If that’s the case, there will be a heck of a boost for the confidence of RHP Lance Lynn. Lynn really doesn’t need any more confidence than he has at the moment, knowing that he is 8-1 with a 2.76 ERA on the campaign. The truth of the matter is that this has been one of the best pitchers in the game all season long, and over the course of the last two seasons, he has 26 wins to his credit. There really isn’t much more that Manager Mike Matheny could ask for out of his righty. He has 76 strikeouts in 75 frames on the season, and though his walk total is a tad high at 26, he has also only allowed a total of three homers.
Manager Dusty Baker knows that this is the type of game that his club is going to have to win to have a shot of staying in this race in the NL Central. The team has the right man on the mound to come up with a big time game, as RHP Bronson Arroyo has done that time and time again in his career. Over the course of this season, Arroyo has really gotten unlucky. He has led the team to a 7-5 record in his 12 starts, and he is 6-5 to show for those outings, but he has a 3.38 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP, numbers which should garner more victories than that, especially on a good team. However, Cincinnati averages 4.60 runs per game on the season, yet it is only giving Arroyo 3.8 runs per game of support. The righty is coming off of the best start of his season, as he allowed just four hits in eight scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies on June 3rd.
Cincinnati isn’t getting a heck of a lot of respect in this one, and we aren’t quite sure why. The Reds shouldn’t be underdogs in this game, and we think that they are going to close out this series in fine form to edge within just a couple games of the Cards in the NL Central.
St. Louis Cardinals @ Cincinnati Reds Pick: Cincinnati Reds +102
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