TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND
#954 CINCINNATI wit Mahle (-144) over St. Louis with Oviedo at 6:40 PM EST
Off three consecutive losses including Tuesday’s 16-2 whipping by the Cardinals, the Reds will regroup in a hurry and grab this victory. With 36 games completed, Cincy rests 6.5-games back in the NL Central standings and they need to make a move right now in order to have any shot at winning the division.
On the bump for the Big Red Machine will be right-hander Tyler Mahle. In his last two starts against the Cubs and Cardinals, No. 30 was tapped for five earned runs and seven hits in 9.2 innings of work. Mahle struck out 16 and walked four en route to a 1-1 record and a 4.66 ERA. The fact that this game is being played in the Great American Ball Park helps our cause too. At home, Tyler has been at his best surrendering seven earned runs and 11 hits in 20.0 frames. Mahle owns a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 27-8 and assembled a 1-0 mark with a strong 3.15 ERA.
Rookie right-hander Johan Oviedo will be making just his third start for the Redbirds. In his first two performances against the Pirates and Cubs, No. 59 was cranked for four earned runs and six hits in 10.0 frames. Oviedo fanned five and walked four on his way to an 0-1 tally with a 3.60 ERA. Johan hasn’t gotten much run support either. The Redbirds only managed to cross the place twice in his two outings.
The strong history in this series is certainly noted. The Cards have won 36 of the last 52 meetings. However, Cincinnati has quietly swiped victories in five of its last six after dropping the first two games of a series and 20 of its last 28 after allowing eight runs or more in its previous contest.
With four games against the struggling Bucs on deck, the Reds need to grab some wins before traveling to Chicago to face the Cubs on September 8th. Take Cincinnati with Mahle. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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