MLB Predictions: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds Odds: July 6th 2011
Albert Pujols is expected back in the lineup as the Cardinals try for a three-game sweep of the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. He’ll be licking his chops at an opportunity to face Bronson Arroyo, who is coming off one of his ugliest outings of the season. He surrendered eight runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings of Friday’s 8-2 loss to Cleveland. Arroyo has posted a 10.53 ERA in his last four road starts, and he is 1-5 with a 7.13 ERA in his last seven visits to St. Louis, allowing five runs or more in four of those games.
Jake Westbrook allowed a season-low two hits and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings in a 5-3 road win over the Tampa Bay Rays last time out. The right-hander recorded a similar line April 24 versus the Reds, giving up three hits in six innings of a 3-0 victory. He is 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA over five career starts against Cincinnati. The Cards are 24-7 in home games after allowing 1 run or less over the last 2 seasons. The Reds are 1-6 in Arroyo’s last 7 road starts vs. a team with a winning record. St. Louis is 45-18 in their last 63 home meetings with Cincinnati, including 4-0 in their last 4 home games versus the Reds when facing Arroyo. Take the Cardinals Wednesday.