Baseball odds fans that have been paying attention have seen a very interesting online betting scenario develop in the NL Central this season. Instead of one or more teams vying for the baseball betting odds division lead, there are a full five teams with four games of the lead.
Two of those teams will go head to head in the baseball odds on July 18th as the Milwaukee Brewers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Reds.
Baseball has seen these two teams all over the place in terms of baseball betting odds division placement over the past several seasons. But surprisingly this could be the year that that one of these teams takes pennant. Baseball odds makers have had their eye on the Brewers and liked their chances of winning the division in the preseason, despite question about pitching. The Reds though are a bit of a surprise and not many baseball betting odds makers liked their chances during Spring Training.
Cincy has clawed back in the NL Central chase over the past few weeks and after 82 games had a .500 baseball odds record (42-42), just 3.5 games behind the division baseball betting leader St Louis. At the plate the Reds have been lackluster. However, the team’s pitching has been outstanding with Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo both winning 8 games. Closer Francisco Cordero has been the best in the baseball odds with 21 saves in 22 chances.
The Brewers on the other hand, live and die at the plate. With a record of 43-40 the team has done more living than dying in the baseball odds and they are just 2 games behind the Red Birds in the baseball betting odds standings. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder have been wreaking havoc on opposing baseball odds pitchers. Braun is batting .322 with 16 HRs and 58 RBIs, Prince is batting .310 with 22 Hrs and 76 RBIs, both will play in the All Star baseball odds competition.
The key matchup here will be the Brewers excellent hitting vs. the Reds strong starting pitching. The advantage seems to be to the Brewers who have four very dangerous hitters in the lineup. The Reds, despite their great pitching just don’t seem to have the composition to make a run in the baseball odds standings in the second half. Without being able to produce runs they won’t be able to compete with the top teams in the baseball odds and that’s likely what will happen in this baseball odds contest as well.