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Online Baseball Betting - Reds Return to Top

Online baseball betting handicappers that thought the Reds would wilt away and die after a baseball wagering sweep at the hands of St. Louis were wrong.

Online baseball betting expectations dropped considerably after the Reds were blown away on their home field by the Cards but they have since had a baseball wagering resurgence.

Cincinnati won their first seven games following the debacle against St. Louis to take over first place in the National League Central by 3.5 games as the Cardinals slumped after bringing out their brooms in the Queen City.

Homer Bailey was a welcome addition to the starting rotation for the Reds after returning from the disabled list.  He has gone 2-0 in his first two starts since being back in the lineup and allowed only 1 run in 13 innings in the process.

“He was real good,” said Reds manager Dusty Baker.  “He was throwing as hard at the end as the beginning.  We needed him badly.”

Bailey missed 73 games due to a shoulder problem that proved to be worse than originally expected.

“Every single day you do rehab you wish you were playing,” said Bailey.  “I was throwing the ball well before I got hurt.  I tried to carry it over.”

Cincinnati continued to be one of the most profitable teams with the MLB betting odds for the 2010 season and has been equally effective both at home and on the road.  The Reds were 36-26 as hosts and 35-26 as visitors.

Offense continues to be the key element in the Reds success as they ranked 4th overall for run production, 4th in batting average, and 7th in home runs.  Joey Votto continues to star for the Reds as the most productive man in the lineup as he was hitting .321 with 28 home runs and 83 runs batted in.

His 69 walks gave him an impressive on base percentage of .420.  Scott Rolen has also been a key asset with the MLB betting line as he was hitting .298 with 18 home runs and 69 runs batted in.

The Reds must get better performances from their pitching staff if they are to seal the deal and make the online baseball betting post season.  The Reds ranked 14th in staff earned run average and have struggled to find a reliable closer as Francisco Cordero blew 6 saves and had a 3.90 earned run average.