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St. Louis CardinalsCincinnati Reds
April 9, 7:10 PM | GrassGreat American Ball Park

St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Cincinnati and St. Louis on Monday, with the host Reds trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Jake Westbrook, with a record of 0-0 on the season, gets the ball for the Cardinals, while the Reds trot Homer Bailey to the mound in this one. He is 0-0 so far in 2012.

View St Louis vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Reds in this one will find them as +140 underdogs on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 9 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 16 (Reds) and the No. 12 (Cardinals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cincinnati's No. 6 ranked National League offense (4.3 runs per game) against a Cardinals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 6 in the National League at 3.8 runs allowed per game. The Reds have been averaging 8 hits per game, less than the Cardinals have managed so far this season (12.2 hits on average).

Cincinnati owns the National League's No. 11 defense, allowing 4.3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with St. Louis' National League No. 6-rated defense.

The Cardinals were a 9-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Brewers. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at +102 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors. St. Louis got the job done in their last match in a 9-3 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday at Miller Park behind starter Lance Lynn.

The Reds were a 6-5 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Marlins. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at -128 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. The Reds grabbed a win last time out, defeating Carlos Zambrano and the Marlins 6-5 on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After playing Milwaukee are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Miami are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Cardinals at Reds trends to consider:
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of St. Louis' last 16 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of St. Louis' last 10 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
St. Louis is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cincinnati is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Cincinnati is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis at Cincinnati, Tuesday, April 10

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