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Reds host Cards on MLB odds

The Reds will play host to the Cardinals on Friday night in an MLB betting matchup between NL Central rivals.

Cincinnati's hopes will ride on righthander Johnny Cueto (5-3, 1.96 ERA) on Friday. Cueto lost to the Cards on July 4 despite allowing only one run over his eight innings of work.

View St Louis vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Reds as -160 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Reds - Cardinals odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Cincinnati is rated No. 8 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while St. Louis is at No. 7 in the National League.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Cincinnati owns the No. 2 ranking for hits in the National League at 9.1 per game. By contrast, the Cardinals are rated No. 1 in the same category at 9.2 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Cincinnati has the National League's No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cardinals own the National League's No. 10 mark in runs allowed.

The Cardinals were a 4-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Diamondbacks. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -171 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Cardinals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Zach Duke and the Diamondbacks 4-2 on Sunday at Busch Stadium.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 4-3 loser on the road against the Brewers. Bettors on Milwaukee at -136 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Cincinnati didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-3 to Milwaukee on Sunday at Miller Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After playing Arizona are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3


A few Cardinals at Reds trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis' last 7 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 6 games
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 7 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 10 games at home

Next up:
St. Louis at Cincinnati, Saturday, July 16