If you are expecting the Cincinnati Reds to fade in the second half of the Internet betting baseball season you might want to think again.
The Reds have a very favorable schedule down the stretch and they got a huge boost with the addition of Edinson Volquez to their rotation. Cincinnati is going to be a force vs. the online betting baseball odds the rest of the season.
Internet betting odds are dropping on the Reds. They are now just 11.5 to 1 to win the World Series. Those are almost the same odds that the defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies have. The Reds have a solid offensive lineup and with the addition of Volquez to their rotation, they are not going anywhere. Volquez is coming off Tommy John surgery and in his first start back he looked great. The Reds are also going to bring up Aroldis Chapman soon and he is throwing over 100 mph in Triple A. He is averaging 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
The Cincinnati pitching staff is looking better all the way around. Rookie Travis Woods has a 2.03 ERA in his first four starts. Bronson Arroyo is pitching better than he has all season and Aaron Harang (back) and Homer Bailey (arm) are expected to return in the next couple of weeks. Rookie Mike Leake has thrown a lot of innings and the Reds would like to ease his workload.
The Reds are not used to being in this position. They have not had a winning record since 2000. Cincinnati has one thing going for them though in Internet betting and that is their division. The National League Central is not very good. The Reds are 20-8 against Chicago, Milwaukee, Houston and Pittsburgh. The games against St. Louis will not be easy but the rest of the division is weak.
If the Reds are in a playoff race in September they should have a big advantage in online betting over other potential playoff teams. 19 of their last 22 games are against the Brewers, Astros, Pirates and Diamondbacks. The Reds have a real chance to make the playoffs this season and with their improved pitching and a favorable schedule, it could happen.