MLB betting skepticism has remained with many in regards to the Reds chances with the baseball betting online pennant race as St. Louis remains the favorite.
The Reds were dominated at home in a 3-game series sweep at the hands of the Cardinals last week that featured a bench clearing brawl and heated words between the teams along with colorful quotes from Brandon Phillips, who called out the Cardinals and freely discussed his hatred of them.
Before anyone writes off the Reds, however, they should consider just how resilient this team has been all season and how they have refused go bow down to the Cardinals.
St. Louis has been the perennial favorite in the National League Central Division for well over a decade and the Reds have suffered late season swoons before but there is an element of determination and ability with this year’s group that was missing in the past.
“We’re still in good position,” said Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker. “Still only 1-game out with 40-some games to play, and it isn’t the end of the world.”
Indeed, the Reds beat the MLB odds in their next 3 games after the debacle against the Cardinals to get back into the race.
“It’s a long way from over,” said Baker. “It’s really starting. We have to go back to work again, like we’ve done all year long.”
The Reds will get another crack at the Cardinals as the two teams will meet in St. Louis over Labor Day weekend. The Reds still have two west coast trips remaining on the schedule which is of concern as they often struggle with the baseball lines out there.
Cincinnati has gone only 5-10 against the Cardinals this year. The starting tandem of Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright has proven to be the difference maker for the Redbirds.
Joey Votto continues to be the Reds MLB betting counter to St. Louis super star slugger Albert Pujols. Votto was hitting .322 with 28 home runs and 79 runs batted in. Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto has also been a gem as he has gone 11-3 with a 3.38 earned run average.
The Reds must get improved performances from the closer spot as it has been a point of weakness. Francisco Cordero has been the closer most of the year and had a 4.13 ERA with 6 blown saves.