In 2021 the St. Louis Cardinals were 90-72, second in the National League Central. They lost the Wild Card Game to the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0. The Cardinals are led by rookie skipper Oliver Marmol and are +3000 to win the championship this year. The Cardinals have won seven of their first 10 games to begin the 2022 season. The Cincinnati Reds finished third in the National League Central last season with a record of 83-79. David Bell has won over 190 games in three seasons as the Reds manager: leading the club to the playoffs in 2020. Cincinnati is +25000 to win the 2022 World Series, they last won the title in 1990. The Reds are 2-11 to begin the new season.
St. Louis Cardinals Vs. Cincinnati Reds Betting Odds
The Cardinals are 5-0 in their last five Friday games. St. Louis is 11-2 in their last 13 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cardinals are 9-2 in their last 11 during game one of a series. St. Louis is 20-6 in their last 26 games vs. a right-handed starter. Cincinnati is 26-11 in their last 37 Friday games. The Reds are 1-5 in their last six during game one of a series. Cincinnati is 0-4 in their last four games vs. a left-handed starter. The Reds are 2-5 in the last seven meetings with the Cardinals.
St. Louis Cardinals Starting Lineup
RF Daniel Carlson S
1B Paul Goldschmidt R
LF Tyler O’Neill R
3B Nolan Arenado R
DH Corey Dickerson L
SS Paul DeJong R
CF Harrison Bader R
C Yadier Molina R
2B Tommy Edman S
St. Louis Cardinals Vs. Hunter Greene (R)
Albert Pujols back with the Cardinals in his final season at age 42, is hitting .389 in 18 at-bats with two home runs and four runs batted in. The two-time World Series champion with St. Louis is a career .297 hitter with 681 home runs and 2,154 runs batted in.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado has started off the season on fire. He’s fifth in the National League in hitting with a .368 batting average, second in home runs with five and second in runs batted in with 14. He’s leading all Major League Baseball with a .895 slugging percentage in 2022. Last season, Arenado hit .245 with 25 home runs, 79 runs batted in with a .472 slugging percentage against right-handed pitching. Second baseman Tommy Edman is currently fourth in the National League in hitting with a .371 batting average. He’s second on the club in home runs with three and tied for second on the Cardinals in runs batted in with seven. Additionally, he has 25 total bases with an OPS of 1.135 in 2022. In 534 plate appearances last season against righties, Edman hit .261 with a .665 OPS.
Tyler O’Neill is hitting .257 this season with a home run, seven runs batted in (second on the team) with a .720 OPS. Last season, the outfielder hit .286 with 27 home runs and 66 runs batted in against right-handed pitching. Harrison Bader has eight hits in his first 35 at-bats this year. Additionally, he’s scored four runs, hit three doubles, and driven in two runs in 2022. In 326 plate appearances against righties last season, he hit .273 with 12 home runs.
Rookie Hunter Greene is 1-1 on the season in two starts with a 4.35 ERA. Regularly topping 100 miles per hour with his fastball, the young righty has struck out 13 batters in 10 1/3 innings with a 1.065 WHIP.
Cincinnati Reds Starting Lineup
SS Kyle Farmer R
DH Brandon Drury R
LF Tommy Pham R
1B Joey Votto L
CF Nick Senzel R
RF Aristides Aquino R
3B Colin Moran L
2B Alejo Lopez S
C Aramis Garcia R
Cincinnati Reds Vs. Steven Matz (L)
In 129 games in 2021, Joey Votto smacked 36 homers, drove in 99 runs with a .563 slugging percentage and an OPS of .938. The first baseman had 252 total bases with an on-base percentage of .375 last year. The long-time Red has a lifetime batting average of .300 with 2,033 hits, 331 home runs and 1,067 runs batted in. Against left-handed pitching last season, he hit .215 in 166 plate appearances with 11 home runs.
Jonathan India hit .269 with 21 home runs and 69 runs batted last season. The 2021 Rookie of the Year had a .459 slugging percentage and an OPS of .835 in his first year in the big leagues. He’s currently on the 10-day injured list. Shortstop Kyle Farmer is hitting .289 this season (13-45), he’s knocked in six runs with 16 total bases and a .702 OPS. Last season against left-handed pitching he hit .257 with seven home runs in 122 plate appearances. Tyler Naquin hit .270 with 19 long balls, 70 runs batted in while slugging .477 last year. He has one home run and five runs batted in to start the 2022 season, but he’s currently on the 10-day injured list. Tommy Pham was signed by the Reds in late March as a free agent has two home runs and three runs batted in on the year. Additionally, he has 13 total bases with a .598 OPS on the season. Pham is a lifetime .263 hitter with 99 home runs and 303 runs driven in during his nine-year career. Last season, Pham hit .202 with four home runs in 154 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers. Nick Senzel has struggled to start the 2022 season with two hits in his first 21 at-bats. Against left-handed pitching in 2021, Senzel hit .333 in 20 plate appearances.
Steven Matz is 1-1 this season in two starts with a 7.27 ERA. He has struck out 11 hitters in 8 1/3 innings with a 1.5 WHIP. In his career, Matz is 46-49 with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.325 WHIP. He’s struck out 707 hitters in 739 career innings: averaging 171 strikeouts per season.
St. Louis Cardinals Vs. Cincinnati Reds Picks & Prediction
Under is 5-1 in the Cardinals last six road games vs. a right-handed starter. St. Louis is 35-16 in their last 51 games on grass. Over is 4-1 in the Cardinals last five Friday games. Offensively, St. Louis is averaging 5.11 runs per nine innings, fourth in Major League Baseball. Over is 6-1 in the Reds last seven home games vs. a left-handed starter. Cincinnati is 3-15 in their last 18 games on grass. Over is 4-1 in the Reds last five during game one of a series. Cincinnati is scoring 3.08 runs per nine innings, ranking them 27th overall in Major League Baseball. Although Steven Matz has struggled this season, I still like the Cardinals to win this game by at least 1.5 runs due to their explosive offense led by Nolan Arenado and Tommy Edman.