There many pressing issues and questions in the baseball odds, but the one that has stumped even the most knowledgeable of baseball bettors over the past two seasons is: What happened to Roy Oswalt?
This is a guy that just a few seasons ago was the best pitcher in baseball. He could have commanded an entire minor league roster in a trade and was nearly unhittable and unbeatable.
But this year he’s struggling to yet another mediocre season in the baseball betting odds action. In fact, his season is worse than mediocre and is by far the most awful of his career. His 3.12 ERA is acceptable and his strike out pace is the same old Roy, but his 6-11 record is terrible. Sure, some of that has to do with a lack of run support but he’s also been terribly inconsistent giving up 7 runs, 6 runs and 4 runs on separate occasions during his last 9 nine starts. At 30 years old he’s still in his prime and if he could get on a decent team his numbers would surely improve.
However, he’ll have his work cut out for him on Saturday when the hard charging Reds (53-44) come to Houston (39-56) in NL Central baseball odds matchup.
Actually, there’s not really all that much interesting about this baseball betting odds matchup as the Reds are clearly the better team in this matchup, and it will take a Herculean effort by Oswalt to prevent the Reds from winning again on the road.
Cincy has one of the best road records in the baseball odds action (22-22) and after losing two games in row is going to be charged up against the Astros.
The Reds will start the red-hot Johnny Cueto (9-2, 3.39 ERA) whose only given up 5 runs in his last 6 starts. Surprisingly enough, he’s lost 3 of those starts and his teammates just can’t seem to get him any run support.
Expect that to change though against Houston in Saturday. The Reds are 1.5 games back in the NL Central baseball betting odds race and can’t afford to drop any more games. Oswalt may throw well for 5 or 6 innings but the Reds will get their runs sooner or later and end up getting the victory in the baseball odds action.