MLB betting fans love the Reds combination of a strong offensive lineup with their improved pitching staff and a year of post-season experience to make for a winning combination with the MLB odds.
The St. Louis Cardinals will host the Cincinnati Reds on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball with a starting time set for 8:05 PM ET. Be sure and open your Sports Gambling account for side and total action on this National League Central Division showdown of top playoff contenders.
The probable starting pitchers for this one are Sam LeCure for the Reds and Jake Westbrook for the Cardinals.
Cincinnati began the MLB baseball betting season with 9 wins in their first 16 games and was a break even 3-3 on the road. The Reds were the top run producing team in baseball with a powerful lineup that was led by Joey Votto’s .429 batting average.
Votto scored 16 runs, batted in 8, and had 4 doubles and 2 home runs. Johnny Gomes ripped 6 home runs for Cincinnati. LeCure was one of the better pitchers on the Reds staff to start the year with an earned run average of 2.25. Closer Francisco Cordero had a tidy 1.50 ERA but the staff ranked 20th overall in the big leagues for ERA.
St. Louis was 8-8 with the MLB betting odds to start the year and was just 2-4 at home. The Redbirds ranked 3rd in the major leagues for run production and were 12th for staff earned run average.
Westbrook was rocked to start the season as he had a 7.63 earned run average. Lance Berkman was hitting .308 with 6 home runs and 13 runs batted in to spark the lineup.
Heading into this series the Cardinals had beaten the Reds in 13 of the last 19 meetings including 6 of the last 7 games between the two rivals. The Reds and Cards did not go over the total in their last 4 games against each other heading into this series.
Cincinnati has really struggled in St. Louis with just 6 payouts in their last 20 games and the last 4 games in the Gateway City between the two teams failing to go over the MLB betting total.