Cincinnati Reds Baseball Betting Odds Preview

Baseball betting odds on Cincinnati in 2008 will probably be unpredictable as the Reds have a new manager and a lot of young talent.
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The Cincinnati Reds began play in 1869 and are North America’s baseball odds oldest professional sports franchise.
Last season was a very strange year for this team. They started out on a tear, climbing to the top of the division before the all star break and then went cold in the second half of the year.

Dusty Baker takes over for the Reds, and in the National League Central he could have the Reds competitive in 2008 versus baseball odds. Baseball betting odds could be influenced this season by last year’s Minor League Player of the Year Jay Bruce.

The Reds also have First Baseman, Joey Votto, Homer Bailey, and former Rangers prospect, Edinson Volquez. While it is true the Reds have some young talent that can impact baseball odds they also have weaknesses. Cincinnati had the worst bullpen in baseball last year with an ERA of 5.13 according to baseball betting odds stats. The good news for the Reds according to baseball betting odds experts is that they picked up Milwaukee closer Francisco Cordero. They will need Bill Bray and Todd Coffey to start pitching well in support of Cordero.

The Reds offense is led by Adam Dunn. He strikes out a lot but he definitely impacts baseball betting odds. He led the Reds in several offensive categories including OPS, OBP, SLG%, Doubles, HR, walks, etc, according to baseball betting odds stats. The pitching staff is led by Aaron Harang who always impacts baseball betting odds. He has won 15 games each of the last two seasons. Harang finished with a lower WHIP than Carlos Zambrano, Brandon Webb, and Brad Penny according to baseball betting odds stats. The Reds also have Bronson Arroyo who finished seventh in innings pitched last year. The problem for Arroyo and for gamblers that took him against baseball betting odds is that he lost a lot. The rest of the staff is a big question mark. The Reds are hoping that Matt Belisle, Homer Bailey or Edinson Volquez can be helpful according to baseball odds experts. The staff will also be full of pitchers like Jeremy Affeldt, Johnny Cueto, Bobby Livingston and Tom Shearn. Belisle went 8-9 in 30 games last year with a 4.85 ERA according to baseball betting odds stats and should be able to improve those numbers. Johnny Cueto is possible as a starter as is Edinson Volquez. The Reds better hope Volquez develops into something great because they gave up a future star in Josh Hamilton to get him.

Baseball betting odds experts are not sure what to expect from Cincinnati in 2008. The offense is probably going to be up and down depending upon how many home runs they hit. The pitching is also inconsistent other than Harang. How Dusty Baker changes things around is a huge question mark for gamblers that look at baseball odds.