Cincinnati vs. St. Louis, 09/01/2019 13:05 EDT, Score: 3 - 4

Money Line: -154 St. Louis

Sportsbook: Bookmaker

Result: Win

8* St. Louis (1:05 ET): It's the second day in a row that the Reds & Cardinals play a doubleheader here at Busch Stadium. The home team swept yday, winning by scores of 10-6 and 3-2. That has to be quite demoralizing for a Reds team that may be underrated, but is also playing out the string at this point. This is a play on the FIRST game of Sunday's doubleheader. The Cards are a hot team right now as they've surged to the top of the NL Central by winning 17 of their last 21 games. Make it one more win this afternoon as they take the opener of this day-night twinbill.

While Sunday's starter Miles Mikolas is 0-3 w/ a 6.43 ERA in four previous starts vs. the Reds this year, St. Louis still looks to have a decided edge in this first game. First off, three of those four Mikolas starts came away from home (two in Cincinnati, one in Mexico). Mikolas is a different pitcher here in the Gateway City as he owns a 2.80 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 13 starts. The team is also now 42-24 at home following yday's sweep. His last time out, Mikolas pitched quite well (at Milwaukee), as he went six innings and allowed just one run on four hits while striking out 10.

Day games haven't gone too well for the Reds this year as they're just 17-34 in them this season. They are also 26-41 on the road and have lost six of their last nine games overall. For Game 1 of this doubleheader, they've recalled Tyler Mahle, who was originally slated to start yday. Mahle has battled injuries and inconsistency in 2019 and will be making his first big league start since July 19th. The Reds have lost the L5 times he's started. He has a 7.84 ERA in two prior starts vs. St. Louis this year and his minor league stint didn't exactly go too well either w/ him allowing 14 runs in 9 2/3 IP. Only three teams have allowed fewer runs this season than the Cardinals have and Cincinnati is only 23rd in all of MLB in runs scored. 8* St. Louis

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