The Cincinnati Reds open up a six-game homestand on Monday as they host the New York Mets and they are slight favorites in MLB betting.
It is the first of a three-game series between the two teams and although the Reds are at home, the baseball betting trends point to New York in this series.
MLB betting trends indicate that the Mets have won six of the last ten meetings against the Reds. The teams met in two series last season and the Mets won both of them. They took two of three at Cincinnati and two of three in the games at New York. The Mets won 9-7 and 2-1 while losing 8-6 in the three games at Cincinnati a year ago. Two of those games ended up going over the total.
The Reds have been better at home this season than on the road in MLB betting. Cincinnati gets better offense and they get better pitching in their home ball park. That is one of the reasons they are favored in baseball betting in this series that begins Monday against the Mets. The Reds would be a lot better though if they could get Aaron Harang turned around. He was thought to be their best pitcher but he has really struggled this season. It may not be long before the Reds bring up their superstar prospect Aroldis Chapman. He has been excellent in Triple A and if he gets his walks down he will be ready for the Major Leagues. MLB betting statistics indicate that in his first three starts he was 1-1 with a 0.60 ERA, 10 walks and 18 strikeouts over 15 innings pitched.
The Mets are still look for some offense as they try and get into contention in the National League East. Part of their problem in MLB betting is the injury to outfielder Carlos Beltran. Jeff Francoeur could be helpful but he has been so inconsistent this season. He hit .457 over his first 10 games then he went into a big slump. "I think I just got a little too pull-happy and started jumping at the ball a little bit, instead of letting it come to me like I was," Francoeur said before Thursday’s game. "I felt so relaxed the first 10 games of the season when I went up to the plate.”