Reds vs. Cardinals Pick – MLB April 17th

The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals meet up again tonight, this time the series turns to St. Louis instead of Cinci. In that series in Cincinnati the Cards were able to take two of three from the Reds, who look to get back to the World Series in 2015. Tonight’s pitching matchup is a rematch from that series as well, which features two aces, and two of the best young pitchers in all of baseball. Cueto and Wacha figure to be the catalyst of both teams this season. And for one pitcher, Cueto, is looking to bank in big bucks this offseason. I highly doubt we are going to be seeing him with the Reds next season. They aren’t a team that typically dole out a ton of cash for one player, and with so many other teams out there that do, this probably will be Cueto’s last year in Cincinnati. Look for him to be in a big market team next season, with a club that is going to be willing to throw a lot of moneybags his way. In my opinion he deserves all the money he has coming his way in comparison to what other players of his level are getting. He doesn’t get much attention in Cincinnati but with a big name team he’ll be a household name before long.

Michael Wacha is another great pitcher that may see a big payday himself in the future. We were first introduced to Wacha during the postseason a couple of years ago. He wasn’t bothered by the pressure and he did a heck of a job pitching for the Cardinals in their quest for the World Series. Still in the infancy of his career, so he hopes anyway, Wacha has plenty of time to bolster his resume and wallet as well. If he continues pitching the way he is than he is going to have no problem doing either of those. Another quality pitching matchup heading our way tonight. I haven’t lost on a Cueto game yet, this would be the third in a row so let’s look to do that tonight again. The Royals looked flat on the mound yesterday, as they got blasted by the Twins by a score of 8-5. Time to put that in the past and secure a winning MLB pick Friday night.

Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals

Johnny Cueto (0-1, 0.64 ERA) vs. Michael Wacha (1-0, 1.42 ERA)

If you’re looking for a pitcher than has a sub 1.00 ERA without a win yet, look no further than Johnny Cueto. Cueto is going to bring his A game almost every start, but without run support wins are going to be hard to come by. He was good against the Cards in their last meeting, the Reds however couldn’t turn it into a victory as they lost it 4-1. Wacha was able to outduel Cueto in that one the first time around this season. Nevertheless, Cueto looks to be off to setting the stage for another huge season. Like I said he is in a contract year, I don’t see him taking many days off. Cueto brings an ERA of 0.64 into tonight after two starts thus far. He also has a strong WHIP of 0.71 which indicates he is holding runners off the bases. Did I mention how he is going to be getting a big paycheque for next year?

Wacha has been strong in his own right. After being hindered by injuries last season, he looked great and healthy in spring training. A big sigh of relief for the Cardinals with that news. The Cards are a much more complete team when he is in the rotation and playing well. Wacha is looking like the injured shoulder is in the past and he is focused on baseball. He has a 1.64 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP to get off to a nice start in 2015. He will be the beneficiary of facing a Reds’ team that has had troubles on offense. They are also batting only .213 against right-handed pitching. I hit this pick about a week ago, and we look for it to cash again today. I thought this was going to be a total of 6 so I’m jumping on the UNDER 6.5.

PICK: UNDER 6.5 RUNS (-105)