MLB gambling handicappers will recall St. Louis sweeping the Reds at Cincinnati last month in a baseball gambling showdown that included a bench clearing brawl.
The two teams are in a heated race both in the National League Central as well as the wild card chase. The Reds, ironically enough, won 10 out of the first 14 games that followed the 3 game series debacle against the Cardinals, who subsequently went 4-9 in their first 13 games after bringing out the broom in Cincinnati.
The Cardinals have beaten the Reds in 12 out of the last 19 head to head meetings between the teams and have won 13 out of their last 19 games at home over Cincinnati.
St. Louis has been one of the biggest money losers on the baseball betting board this year despite their winning record. The Cardinals immense popularity makes them a team that draws a disproportionate amount of money from casual fans and the overall general betting public that causes them to become a consistent overlay with poor value.
St. Louis has been a strong home team however with a MLB betting mark this year of 41-23. The Cardinals top 2 starting pitchers, Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter, are scheduled to pitch in the series.
Wainwright was 17-8 with a 2.18 earned run average while Carpenter was 14-4 with a 2.93 earned run average.
Albert Pujols continued to power the lineup with a .320 average, 35 home runs, 31 doubles, 79 walks, an on base percentage of .415, and 95 runs batted in.
The Cardinals went over the total in just 26 out of 64 games at home this year.
The Reds have been one of the biggest money winners on the board this year and their MLB gambling road mark of 37-28 is a big reason why. The Reds ranked 3rd in the majors for run production but a worrisome 18th overall for staff earned run average.
Bronson Arroyo was scheduled to start in the series but top starter Johnny Cueto was not. Arroyo was 14-8 with a 3.82 earned run average.
First baseman Joey Votto powered the attack with a .326 average, 32 home runs, and 92 runs batted in.
Cincinnati’s bullpen blew 9 saves in 2010 and closer Francisco Cordero had a high 3.70 earned run average.