Two National League Central division contenders take the field on Monday Night August 26th as the Cincinnati Reds will face the St Louis Cardinals in Major League Baseball action. The Reds and Cardinals will get things started from St Louis at 7PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast. Check updated MLB odds at Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The current odds available for wagering have both the Cincinnati Reds and St Louis Cardinals returning -105 odds. The over under line is set at 8 ½ runs with over the total favored by -120 odds and under the total of 8 ½ runs returns +100 odds. Those playing on the St Louis Cardinals on the run line and lay the -1 ½ runs will get back +185 odds. Bettors who chose the +1 ½ run head start with the Cincinnati Reds will have to lay -225 odds for their run line wager.
A check of the standings and we find the St Louis Cardinals locked in a tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates for first place in the NL Central division as they both have a record of 76-54. Cincinnati trails both clubs for the division as they sit with a mark of 74-57 and are 2 ½ games back of both the Reds and Pirates. In the NL Wildcard chase the Reds holds the final playoff seed as they hold a seven game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks with just 31 games remaining to be played. Both Pittsburgh and St Louis have just 32 games left on their schedule.
The scheduled starters for Monday’s game will feature Mike Leake facing Tyler Lyons for the Cardinals. Lyons has only seven starts this season and is 3-4 and has an ERA over five runs. The lefty Lyons is starting after a stint in the bullpen due to ineffectiveness in the starting rotation. He faced Cincinnati on the road back on June 8th and allowed four earned runs and six hits in 5 1/3rd innings pitched in a defeat. Lyons is starting because the Cardinals starting rotation has been decimated by injuries as Jaime Garcia, Chris Carpenter and Jake Westbrook are currently on the D.L. Westbrook was the latest victim having been placed on the 15 Day D.L. on Friday due to back spasms.
With our free MLB pick for Monday we will play on the Cincinnati Reds -105 odds against the St Louis Cardinals at best sportsbooks online.