Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Picks and Predictions May 28th 2024

Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals MLB Tue, May 28, 18:40 pm.
Cincinnati Reds
ML: -125
St. Louis Cardinals
ML: 105

Reds Take on Cardinals in Search of 5th Straight Win

The Cincinnati Reds are riding high with hopes of extending their winning streak to five games as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of their three-game series on Tuesday night. After clinching a 3-1 victory in the opener, the Reds are buzzing with confidence and ready to keep the momentum rolling.

Stellar Performance by Nick Lodolo and the Bullpen

Nick Lodolo’s Return and Impact

Nick Lodolo made a spectacular return from his groin injury, delivering a solid start that set the tone for the Reds. His impressive performance was a key factor in their victory, showing just how crucial he is to the team’s success.

Bullpen’s Dominant Display

The Reds’ bullpen was absolutely on fire, with Fernando Cruz leading the charge. Cruz struck out all five batters he faced over 3 2/3 innings, and the bullpen as a whole struck out nine of the 11 batters. Lucas Sims stepped up big time to secure his first save of the season, stepping in for the unavailable Alexis Diaz. The depth and reliability of the bullpen were on full display.

Fernando Cruz’s Key Role

Crucial Relief Appearance

Cruz entered the game in the sixth inning with a runner on first and one out, and he immediately made an impact. He struck out Ivan Herrera and Nolan Arenado, then continued his dominance by striking out the side in the seventh inning. His performance was a testament to the bullpen’s critical role in the Reds’ success.

Nolan Arenado’s Struggles

Arenado’s Offensive Woes

Nolan Arenado has been having a tough time offensively, going hitless in four at-bats on Monday and dropping his average to .258. Known for his power-hitting, Arenado has struggled to get the ball in the air effectively this season.

Arenado’s Self-Reflection

Arenado himself acknowledged his struggles, saying, “It’s bad. The swing is not good. My swing is not good. I’ve been working on it and trying to figure this thing out, but my swing is not good. I’m a guy that pulls the ball in the air, and I haven’t done that all year. I don’t know what the answers are. I’ve got to continue to try to find it. I can see the difference of when I was good and when I’m not, but trying to apply it in games right now is really hard for me.”

Cardinals’ Bright Spots

Rookie Masyn Winn’s Hitting Streak

Despite Arenado’s struggles, rookie Masyn Winn extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single to center in the third inning on Monday. Winn’s performance has been one of the bright spots for the Cardinals.

Alec Burleson’s Career-High Streak

Alec Burleson also continued his hitting streak, now at a career-high 11 games, with a single in the sixth inning. His consistent hitting has been a boost for the Cardinals’ lineup.

Pitching Matchup: Abbott vs. Gibson

Andrew Abbott’s Recent Form

Andrew Abbott (3-4, 2.68 ERA) is set to start for the Reds. Abbott is coming off his best outing of the season, having blanked San Diego over seven innings on May 21. He’s been stellar in his recent starts, going seven innings in each of his past two games and allowing just one run over 14 innings. Abbott has had mixed results against St. Louis, with a 1-1 record and a 5.59 ERA in two starts.

Kyle Gibson’s Challenge

Veteran right-hander Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.81 ERA) will make his 11th start of the season for the Cardinals. In his last outing, he allowed three unearned runs on five hits over four innings against the Baltimore Orioles, in a game the Cardinals won 5-4. Gibson has a 1-0 record with a 7.59 ERA in two career starts against the Reds.


As the Reds look to continue their winning streak, Tuesday’s game promises to be a thrilling matchup with key contributions from both teams’ pitchers and hitters. The Reds’ bullpen strength and Abbott’s recent form will be crucial, while the Cardinals will be hoping for Arenado to rediscover his swing and their young hitters to keep their momentum going. This game is set to be a nail-biter, with both teams eager to make their mark.

Docsports, The most trusted name in sports handicapping
Mon, May 27, 19:14 pm.
Cincinnati Reds
O 9.5
St. Louis Cardinals
U 9.5
Marco D'Angelo | Handicapper

Free Picks found on WagerTalk. Marco D’Angelo is part of the WagerTalk Group.

Marco D’Angelo has been a professional sports handicapper and bettor since 1980.

#1 Baseball
Last 7 days
Last 3 days
Last 30 days