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Cardinals open a series in Cincinnati

NL Central rivals will meet on the field in Cincinnati on Friday night as the St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game MLB betting series on the road against the Cincinnati Reds.

St. Louis will send Adam Wainwright to the mound on Friday night in search of his ninth victory of the season. The righthander is 8-3 with a 2.33 ERA on the year, and he held the Reds to two runs over seven innings in his April 29 outing.

Cincinnati hands the ball to starter Mike Leake in this one and he'll try to improve on his 5-2 mark on the year.

View St Louis vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Cincinnati was a +101 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at GTbets.eu, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.5.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 2 (Reds) and the No. 1 (Cardinals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Cincinnati owns the No. 6 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.6 per game. By contrast, the Cardinals are rated No. 2 in the same category at 9.4 per game.

Defensively, St. Louis features the National League's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.3 runs per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the National League at home, scoring 5.3 runs per game.

The Cardinals were a 12-8 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Diamondbacks. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -170 on the moneyline, while the total score (20) was good news for OVER bettors. The Cardinals enjoyed a 12-8 victory at the expense of the Diamondbacks on Thursday, with Shelby Miller throwing 6 innings of 6-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 12-4 loser as they battled the Rockies at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Rockies at +143 were rewarded, while the 16 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Cincinnati suffered a 12-4 loss against Colorado on Wednesday, as Pedro Villarreal wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Great American Ball Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After playing Arizona are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 7-3
After playing Colorado are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2

A few Cardinals at Reds trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis' last 7 games
St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Cincinnati is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
Cincinnati is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Cincinnati is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
St. Louis at Cincinnati, Saturday, June 8