Opening MLB Betting Odds on St. Louis at Cincinnati
At what point does a minor bump in the road start to become a bit of a cause for concern? That is the question that is being asked in St. Louis by MLB betting fans right now, as a rather rough patch has some beginning to question whether or not luck is running out for the Cardinals. They will have the opportunity to answer that question and turn things around when they head to Cincinnati for a 4-game series versus the Reds on Thursday.
Closer Look at the Opening MLB Betting Odds on St. Louis at Cincinnati & TV Info
Date/Time: Thursday, September 10, 2015 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Radio: WLW 700
Opening Lines: Cardinals -140, Reds +140
The Cardinals lead Major League Baseball this season with 11 wins when trailing after 7 innings.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 9, 2015
The reason that people in St. Louis (87-51) are becoming a little nervous right now is because they have just lost back to back series against teams that they are going to have to get past if they want to make it to the World Series. Losing 2 of 3 to the Pirates was a bit of a surprise given how up and down Pittsburgh is at the moment, but the losses to the Cubs were truly worrying. St. Louis has looked totally outclassed in those first 2 games, and are in danger of being swept on Wednesday afternoon.
The Cardinals can use the next 7 games to get back on track, as the Reds and the Brewers are a pair of teams that should be there for the taking. That said, if they continue to struggle, the seeds of doubt may grow roots that are hard to pull out. Jaime Garcia (8-4, 1.89 ERA) has gone unbeaten in his last 7 starts, compiling a 5-0 record in the process.
The entire season has been a nightmare for the Cincinnati Reds (57-80), but what they did in August was particularly galling. They managed to make it through the entire month without winning a series, and put together an 8-21 record in the process. September has started in similar fashion, although they do have a chance to break out of that series losing streak if they can find a way to knock off the Pirates on Wednesday night.
The Reds are just not a very good ball club, which is understating things quite a bit, which would make any sort of success against the Cardinals all the more worrying for the good people of St. Louis. John Lamb (0-3, 6.11 ERA) will start for the Reds.
Key Betting Trends
- Cincinnati is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games at home
- St. Louis is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
If the Cardinals could have picked any one team to play to help them break out of this little slump, it may well have been the Reds. It’s tough to see them losing this one, especially with Garcia on the mound and pitching as well as he has been.