Molina hits go-ahead homer, Cardinals hold off Reds

Lawrence Kim
April 23, 2018

This should be an interesting game, as far as the total goes. You can also wager on the game's spread with the most recent runline odds sitting at -115 for the Reds +1.5 runs and -105 for the Cardinals -1.5. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 11-8 SU and 10-8 ATS.

The Reds logged nine hits and a pair of free passes with Alex Blandino recording an RBI while Scooter Gennett and Billy Hamilton scored. Baker had been allowed to leave after his 2013 campaign, where the Reds won 90 games but lost in the Wild Card Game. In his career, he has gone 3-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 11 starts on the road and 2-3 with a 4.14 ERA in six day starts, while against the Cardinals he has gone 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA in one start.

Up next: Cardinals RHP Luke Weaver (2-1, 4.22) is slated to start the first of three-game series against the Mets on Tuesday. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.79, along with a K-per-9 of 8.51.

The Reds are just 2-14 in their last 16 games against the Cardinals and have dropped 64 of their last 93 meetings with their NL Central rivals in St. Louis.

Cincinnati's offense has been led by catcher Tucker Barnhart and outfielder Jesse Winker.

Even though he didn't get the win, St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez was solid, allowing just three hits in six shutout innings, walking three and striking out seven. Over 58 such plate appearances, he put up a slash line of.358/.414/.679 (his overall season line was.298/.375/.529). Last season the Reds season-high scoreless streak was 20 innings. The Cardinals took game one by a score of 4-2.

Brandon Finnegan (0-2) lost for the second time in two starts against the Cardinals this year. Following a walk, he scored on a two-out double by Jose Martinez to pad the Cardinals early lead to 4-0. OF Tommy Pham missed his third game in four days with a right groin strain. Out of those seven seasons, three of them, along with three of the Reds four playoff appearances since that last World Series victory, came under the guidance of Dusty Baker, the man who Price replaced. The over's hit in seven of those games, compared to six that've gone under.

St. Louis has won 10 in a row from the Reds dating to last season, matching its longest streak against them since 1949, when the Cardinals won 11 straight. He hit.309 with just 46 RBIs in 106 games a year ago.

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