Joey Votto RedsSt. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds Friday Free MLB Pick: The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds are fighting for their lives in the NL Central, and they are going to be duking it out on Friday night in the first game of a three-game set at the Great American Ball Park. It has been a rough road trip for St. Louis, which has just one win over the course of the last eight games. That said, the Cardinals are just slender +108 underdogs on the MLB odds on Friday night.

Cardinals vs. Reds Game Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
Cardinals vs. Reds Live TV Coverage: MLB Network
MLB Odds: Cardinals +108 / Reds -118 (Total: 8)

St. Louis clearly got its frustration out of the way from seven straight losses by beating the snot out of the Pirates 13-0 in the final game of that five-game set. That being said, this is an offense that still has put up four runs or fewer in eight straight games prior to that point. Cincinnati has its own offensive problems at the moment as well. The team has scored just a total of nine runs in the last six games, and four of those came on Wednesday’s win over the Padres. The Shelby Miller vs. Bronson Arroyo matchup is going to be a tough one, as we know that both of these men have put together rock solid seasons. Miller has a 2.70 ERA in his last three starts, while Arroyo has a 1.69 ERA in his last three starts. Both men have ERAs of 3.26 or less for the season. In the end, we have to think that this is a game in which runs are going to be tough to come by, especially with the Cardinals still playing without Yadier Molina behind the plate.

Cardinals vs. Reds Free Pick for August 2nd: Under 8


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