Reds vs Cardinals Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/22

Reds vs Cardinals Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/22

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Introduction

In this MLB prediction and picks article, we will provide a comprehensive analysis of the upcoming game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. As experienced MLB experts, we aim to equip you with valuable insights to enhance your betting strategies. Our review will cover pitching analysis, hitting analysis, and injury updates for both teams. We will explain why the Cincinnati Reds are likely to cover the +1.5 run line in this intriguing matchup.

 

St. Louis Cardinals: Pitching Analysis

The St. Louis Cardinals will send Jordan Montgomery to the mound. Montgomery has struggled this season, posting a 2-6 record with a 4.21 ERA. Despite his struggles, he has shown the ability to keep his team in games with decent innings pitched and strikeout numbers. However, his inconsistent performances make it difficult to have full confidence in his ability to shut down the potent Reds lineup.

 

Cincinnati Reds: Pitching Analysis

The Cincinnati Reds will counter with Brandon Williamson, a young left-handed pitcher. Although Williamson has limited major league experience, his early performance has been promising. With a 1.59 ERA and an impressive 0.71 WHIP in his limited innings, he has showcased his ability to stifle opposing hitters. The Reds will look to Williamson to keep the Cardinals' offense in check and give their team a chance to secure a victory.

 

St. Louis Cardinals: Hitting Analysis

Offensively, the St. Louis Cardinals have relied heavily on the production of Nolan Gorman. Gorman has been a consistent power threat, leading the team with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs. Alongside Gorman, Jake Fraley has contributed with a .276 batting average and 32 RBIs. While the Cardinals possess some offensive firepower, they have struggled with consistency, making it challenging for them to consistently produce runs.

 

Cincinnati Reds: Hitting Analysis

The Cincinnati Reds have shown offensive potential throughout the season. Led by Jonathan India, who boasts a .284 batting average and a .380 on-base percentage, the Reds have the ability to generate runs. However, they have faced challenges in maintaining consistency. Against Montgomery, the Reds' hitters have a good opportunity to take advantage of his struggles and put runs on the board.

 

St. Louis Cardinals: Injury Update

The St. Louis Cardinals have experienced a relatively minor injury concern with Tyler O'Neill listed on the 10-day injured list. While O'Neill's absence may impact the team's offensive depth, the Cardinals have the necessary talent to compensate for his absence.

 

Cincinnati Reds: Injury Update

The Cincinnati Reds have dealt with their fair share of injuries, with TJ Friedl and Derek Law on the injured list. Additionally, Joey Votto's absence due to a 60-day injured list placement is notable. Despite these injuries, the Reds have shown resilience and have the depth to overcome these setbacks.

 

Prediction

Considering the pitching matchup between Montgomery and Williamson, it is reasonable to expect a competitive game with both teams scoring runs. While the St. Louis Cardinals may have a slight edge, the Cincinnati Reds have the offensive potential to keep the game close. With the Reds' lineup capable of producing runs against Montgomery and the Cardinals' ATS record (22-26), it is likely that the Reds will cover the +1.5 run line. Although the Cardinals may secure a narrow victory, the Reds' ability to keep the game within a run makes them an appealing bet.

 

Pick: Reds +1.5

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