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Reds face St. Louis Cardinals: MLB odds preview and stats

Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals
2-5 April 08, 2014, 08:15 PM | Busch Stadium 4-3

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

Homer Bailey, with a record of 0-1 on the season, gets the ball for the Reds, while the Cardinals trot Lance Lynn to the mound in this one. He is 1-0 so far in 2014. View Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Cincinnati before the first pitch in this match found them as 131-moneyline underdogs earlier today at Bovada. They saw the total of 7.5 earlier at TopBet.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Cardinals at No. 2 and the Reds at No. 10 heading into this contest.

Cincinnati lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Cardinals on April 7. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -146 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Reds endured a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Cardinals on Monday, with Tony Cingrani throwing 4 innings of 3-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between St. Louis and its No. 23-rated batting order, averaging 3.14 runs per nine innings, against the No. 28 lineup of the Reds at 2.57 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and St. Louis has the No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Reds own the No. 12 mark in runs allowed.

A few Reds at Cardinals trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games
Cincinnati is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Cincinnati's last 18 games on the road
Cincinnati is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 10 of St. Louis's last 15 games when playing Cincinnati
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cincinnati

Next up:
Cincinnati at St. Louis, Wednesday, April 9th