The scuffling Cincinnati Reds will not improve their situation on Tuesday when they travel to St. Louis to face the Cardinals. The Reds enter this road series having lost three of their last four on the road against the Washington Nationals.
St. Louis is not a good follow-up locale. Last year, the Cardinals had a fantastic .617 winning percentage (50-31) at Busch Stadium. While they’ve only played nine games at the ballpark this year, expect them to be equally as tenacious on their own turf.
This is especially the case when this game’s starter, Jaime Garcia, pitches there. Garcia has a 1.98 ERA at Busch in two starts this year and posted a 2.98 ERA in nine starts last season. In other words, he’s really tough at home.
As for the Reds starter Bronson Arroyo, he’s always a feast or famine pitcher. He’s coming off a shaky started against the Nationals (six innings; six runs). In fact, he’s already been hit around by the Cardinals on April 9 at Busch. He was collared with the loss after giving up four runs in six innings. Go with the home team Cardinals to snag the win. They can be had at 1.72.
While Roy Halladay started the season poorly, when he pitches for the Philadelphia Phillies at the Cleveland Indians, the same pitcher who has won two Cy Young Awards will be dealing and should come away with a victory.
Some were suggesting Halladay was on a steep decline when he opened the season, giving up 13 runs in 7 1/3 innings over two starts. But since then he’s seen the good downward movement on his pitches return, along with the command that has made him a special pitcher.
In Halladay’s three most recent starts he’s given up just four runs in 21 innings. He has a history of throwing well in interleague play (21-11, 3.13 ERA) and also has a solid record at Progressive Field (3-1, 3.45 ERA).
The Indians have struggled mightily at home, having lost six of eight games there coming into this series. Though right-hander Zach McAllister is a decent enough pitcher, the Phillies (who sport some great left-handed bats like Chase Utley and Ryan Howard) have done well against righties. Fifteen of their twenty homers have come against right-handed pitchers. As a result, pick the Phillies (1.82) for the road win.
Best Bet: Back the Philadelphia Phillies against the Cleveland Indians at 1.82
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