Cardinals vs. Reds MLB Pick – April 2nd

It was another nice day for MLB picks, as we picked up another two winners to run the early season record to 5-0.  Texas mad us sweat it out a little bit, as Phillies hurler A.J. Burnett rebounded from a tough spring to make a nice Philadelphia debut and it took a walk-off hit for the Rangers to take the one-run win.  Meanwhile, Los Angeles and Zach Greinke exactly a little bit of revenge against Ian Kennedy, though they gave up a few runs to win by a narrow 3-2 margin.

That’s the way it goes in MLB with so many games being decided by a single run, and why the difference between the runline (-1.5) and the win/loss line is often so wide.  We went with a pair of slight favorites yesterday after making a nice payday on the Seattle underdog line two nights ago.  We will try to keep mixing it up all season, searching for the best values on the board each day.  I’m pretty sure we won’t have a perfect season, barring a miraculous obtaining of Biff’s Almanac – but let’s try to ride this early season perfection as long as we can…

Today’s Free Picks:

St Louis Cardinals -116 at Cincinnati Reds +104 (Total: 7.5)

Michael Wacha vs. Tony Cingrani

The Cardinals behind Adam Wainwright shut out the Reds on Opening Day for the first time in 61 years Monday.  Things don’t get any easier for the hometown Reds tonight facing off against last year’s rookie postseason pitching sensation, Michael Wacha.  He threw a total of ten shutout innings against the Reds last year in two outings.  And of course, the last time we saw him he was allowing just three runs over 27 innings in the postseason before an unraveling in a World Series-losing loss to Boston.

Meanwhile, the Reds throw out a dazzling young arm of their own tonight in Tony Cingrani.  The lefty had one of the best strikeout to innings-pitched ratios in all of baseball last year and finished an impressive rookie campaign with  7-4 record and a 2.92 ERA.  The Cards were 27th in the league against lefties last year at just .238.  That is another check in Cingrani’s favor tonight.

Generally the bats come to life a little later than the pitchers in April, and I think we could be in for another pitcher’s duel tonight.  I don’t think the Reds will get shut out again and it is hard to ever see the Cards getting blanked, but a nice 3-1, 3-2 game could be in order tonight.

Free Pick:  Run TOTAL UNDER 7.5

Chris Scheeren / Author