MLB Betting Preview: Dodgers at Reds 6/15

The words ‘Division Leader’ and the ‘Cincinnati Reds’ have rarely been seen together in the world of MLB betting but this year has been different.

The Reds, from out of nowhere have been the class of the very competitive NL Central for most of the 2010 baseball betting season.  With a record of 36-28 through roughly 1/3 of the MLB betting season, this has been one of the finest starts to a baseball betting season by Cincinnati in many years.

On Tuesday June 15th the Reds will get a real MLB betting test when they host the LA Dodgers (38-27).  Both of these teams are among the handful of baseball playoff betting contenders and this is a great opportunity for both teams to size themselves up against a legitimate contender.  With almost identical records in the baseball betting action so far this season the major difference between these two teams is the fact that the Dodgers have been here before winning the NL West 3 of the past 4 MLB betting seasons and have been the pre-season favorite in the division almost every year in recent memory.

The Reds on the other hand are a pleasant MLB betting surprise, outplaying the star-studded St Luis Cardinals and the talented Chicago Cubs to take the top spot in the NL Central.  On offense veteran Scotty Rolen has been pounding the ball and abusing opposing baseball betting pitchers.  He leads the team with a .314 BA and is among the NL leaders in HRs with 14.  He’s been getting plenty of help at the plate from battery mate Honny Gomes who leads the team with 28 runs and Brandon Phillips who leads the club in R with 58.

But it’s been on the mound where the Reds have done their damage.  With three pitches with all four of the rotation starters winning at 5 games apiece and averaging nearly 6 IP per MLB betting start this group has been tremendous.  Jonny Cueto has 6-1 record to lead the team and Mike Leake has been almost unhittable with a 5-0 record and a miniscule 2.68 ERA.

The Dodgers will have one of their top pitchers on the mound with Hiroki Kuroda taking the mound.  Kuroda has a record of 5-4 with a 3.30 ERA.  The Reds will likely send Aaron Harang to mound (5-5, 5.17). 

In a battle of good starting pitchers, watch for the Reds to take the MLB betting series opener at home.