MLB Series Price Las Vegas Odds: Cincinnati Reds vs St Louis Cardinals
Friday, August 24, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
The Cincinnati Reds are running away and hiding in the NL Central standings, and they'll try to push one of their division rivals even further behind them this weekend as they play host to the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-game series that starts on Friday night. Cincy is a -130 series favorite at Bovada Sportsbook.
The Reds are now comfortably ahead of both the Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central standings thanks to some hot play over the past two weeks, and on the MLB futures at Bovada Sportsbook they're now up to 7/2 on the odds to win the NL Pennant this season.
That has the Reds behind only the 5/2 Washington Nationals on that list, while the 9/1 Cardinals – who are still in the hunt for an NL Wild Card berth – remain behind the Dodgers (4/1), Braves (6/1), and Giants (6/1) on the pennant futures as well.
The Cardinals can at least help their cause in that Wild Card chase this weekend with a series win over the Reds, but Cincinnati heads into Friday's opener on a four-game winning streak against St. Louis. Overall the Reds are 5-4 against the Cardinals so far in 2012, with the OVER/UNDER going 2-6-1 in those games for totals bettors at Bovada Sportsbook.
Friday's pitching matchup has the Reds' Mat Latos (10-3, 3.56 ERA) going up against the Cardinals' Lance Lynn (13-5, 3.73 ERA). Right-hander Latos last faced the Cards on July 13, allowing two runs on four hits over five innings of work in a no-decision in that contest.
Right-hander Lynn has yet to face the Reds this season; he allowed three runs on four hits in his 4 1-3 innings pitched against the Pirates in a no-decision in his most recent outing.
On Saturday the probable pitchers are Cincinnati's Mike Leake (5-8, 4.59 ERA) and St. Louis' Jaime Garcia (3-4, 4.00 ERA), while the Reds' Homer Bailey (10-8, 4.11 ERA) and the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright (12-10, 3.65 ERA) are in line to start in Sunday's finale.
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