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Reds open key betting series in St. Louis

Battling for position in the NL Central division race, the Reds and the Cardinals will open up a three-game MLB betting series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Monday night.

St. Louis and Cincinnati have met a dozen times so far this season, with the Cardinals holding the big edge with eight victories in those 12 contests. The OVER has paid out for totals bettors in five of their six most recent matchups.

Mike Leake gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Reds on this day; he's 11-5 on the season. The Cardinals, meanwhile, will counter with Tyler Lyons, who will be looking to improve on his 2-4 mark.

View Cincinnati vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
St. Louis was a -112 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 8.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cardinals, most recently No. 1 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Reds, who rate a National League No. 4 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Reds rank No. 10 in the National League at 8.4 hits per game. That compares with St. Louis’s No. 1 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, Cincinnati owns the National League's No. 1-rated road mark, allowing 3.4 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring at home.

The Reds were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Brewers. That made winners of bettors who got Milwaukee at +142 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors. Cincinnati didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 3-1 to Milwaukee on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.

The Cardinals were a 5-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Braves. That made winners of bettors who got Atlanta at +114 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. St. Louis suffered a 5-2 loss against Atlanta on Sunday, as Lance Lynn wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Busch Stadium.

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

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 2-8
After a loss are 7-3

A few Reds at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Cincinnati's last 13 games on the road
Cincinnati is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati

Next up:
Cincinnati at St. Louis, Tuesday, August 27