St Louis Cardinals versus Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball Betting Preview

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ESPN Sunday Night Baseball will feature a National League Central divisional showdown as the St Louis Cardinals conclude their weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals and Reds will meet Sunday night at 8PM Eastern Time with ESPN providing the live national television broadcast.

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Entering the All Star break only a 1 ½ games separated the two the club with the Reds in second place and the Cardinals in third place as each club is chasing the first place Pittsburgh Pirates. Cincinnati is a full game behind the Pirates.

The scheduled Sunday starters will feature Jake Westbrook of the Cardinals squaring off with All Star snub Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds. This should be a heated series as these teams were involved in a major brawl last season. Also aiding fuel to this rivalry was the fact that National League manager and former Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa left the Reds starter in Johnny Cueto off the All Star team creating controversy heading into the break. Jake Westbrook is 7-7 on the year with an ERA of 3.75. He is coming off a tough luck outing on July 6th as he allowed the Miami Marlins just one earned run in 6 2/3rds innings of work and was tagged with the loss. Westbrook faced the Reds once in 2012 and it came way back on April 9th as the right hander earned the win as the Reds defeated St Louis 7-1. Westbrook threw 7 scoreless innings while allowing just three earned runs. Johnny Cueto’s numbers surely seemed All Star quality as the hard throwing right hander is 10-5 with an ERA of 2.39 in 18 starts. He has worked 120 innings season to date. Cueto has been solid at home this year with a record of 5-1 in seven starts and an ERA of 2.28. The Reds right hander faced the Cardinals twice this year and took two no decisions. In those two starts combined Cueto allowed four earned runs and 14 hits over 12 innings of work. Heading into this weekend series St Louis has won four of the six games played thus far. They play a total of 18 times head to head this season.

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