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Cards meet Reds on MLB odds

Chris Carpenter gets the ball for the Cards on Monday against the Reds' Johnny Cueto in an MLB betting matchup.

Carpenter (3-7, 4.00 ERA) was pounded by the Reds when he faced them on May 15, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits over 6 1-3 innings of work in a loss. Cueto (5-2, 1.84 ERA) has three wins in his past four outings.

View Cincinnati vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Cardinals as -120 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 7.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 8-rated Cardinals and the league No. 5-ranked Reds, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Reds rank No. 3 in the National League at 9.1 hits per game. That compares with St. Louis’s No. 1 ranking in that category.

St. Louis owns the National League's No. 13 defense, allowing 4.4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Cincinnati's National League No. 9-rated defense.

The Reds were a 7-5 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Indians. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at -174 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors. The Reds grabbed a win last time out, defeating Mitch Talbot and the Indians 7-5 on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were an 8-3 loser as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -142 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. St. Louis didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-3 to Tampa Bay on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

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

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

A few Reds at Cardinals trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 7 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Cincinnati is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
St. Louis is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 7 games at home

Next up:
Cincinnati at St. Louis, Tuesday, July 5