Yesterday, the Cincinnati Reds phenom, Elly De La Cruz had a hit, an RBI, a walk, a stolen base, and scored a run to help the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 to even the series at one apiece. Entering the rubber match, the Reds are 30-35, third place in the NL Central and the Cardinals are lagging behind at 27-36, last in the division.
On the mound this afternoon will be 23-year-old Hunter Greene against 41-year-old Adam Wainwright. Greene is 1-4 in 12 starts, but with a 3.92 ERA and Wainwright is 2-1 in six starts with a 5.97 ERA.
Despite Wainwright’s numbers and their poor record, the Cardinals are favorites at home in the series finale.
Reds vs. Cardinals odds, run line and total
Reds vs. Cardinals prediction and pick
This is the future of the Cincinnati Reds on display in St. Louis today. Not just Elly De La Cruz who has been very impressive despite a 45.5% strikeout rate so far, but also Hunter Greene who they have paid to be the ace of their rotation for years to come. Frankly, their absurd talents, Cruz because of his power and speed combination and Greene because of his velocity and strikeout stuff. It’s fitting that they’ll be facing the past of the St. Louis Cardinals, who no longer seem to run the NL Central, in Adam Wainwright.
Greene has had two very strong starts in a row with just one earned run and two hits allowed over 12.0 innings across. That comes with 19 strikeouts to just five walks. He’s untouchable at the moment and With Wilson Contreras, Nolan Gorman and Paul Goldschmidt all off to slow starts to June he should be able to get deep into this start against the Cardinals. None of those three hitters have an OPS over .700 this month, so the Cardinals have leaned on Nolan Arenado to carry their offense.
Adam Wainwright has been able to get through about five innings and allow about three runs in most of his starts, but he has allowed 45 hits through 31.2 innings with 19 strikeouts to 10 walks. He gives up a lot of contact and doesn’t miss bats. He won’t be able to get out of jams and without Yadier Molina behind the plate anymore he doesn’t control the running game the same way. De La Cruz will do more damage at the plate and on the basepaths today.
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