MLB - Fri 31/08/2012 - 06:01 EDT

Cincinnati Reds vs Houston Astros MLB Online Handicapping

It’s rare when we get a wagering opportunity like the Reds vs Astros contest presented today. Cincinnati (80-52) is the best team in Major League Baseball while Houston (40-91) is the worst team in the Majors.

First pitch for this National League Central division stud versus dud contest goes at 8:05 PM EDT on Friday, August 31, 2012, from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. Load up and ride the Big Red Machine here.

Cincinnati Reds: Big Red Machine keeps rolling along

Far from bandwagon jumpers, we have been backing Cincinnati since spring training. We were a little worried when they lost All Star first baseman Joey Votto, but the Reds didn’t skip a beat. Cincy is 30-14 since Votto (.342 AVG) went down and their 14-6 recent run is one of the best in the Majors right now. RHP Mike Leake (6-8 ERA 4.51) starts for the Reds.

Houston Astros: Leaving National League Central with a wimper

Say what you want about picking on the little guy but all is fair when one is padding their bankroll. We’ve been riding the Astros for all of August at the TAP group of sports betting directories and why not? Houston definitely has a problem as they have gone on a 5-23 run over the last month. Lightly used LHP Fernando Abad (0-1 ERA 3.62) heads to the bump for Houston.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Houston Astros Sportsbook Review Prediction

While the pitching numbers seem to show an advantage for the Astros, the Reds have more than enough pitching and hitting to humble Houston here. The online sportsbook at has Cincinnati as -200 Money Line road chalk. Draw it up as we back the Big Red Machine in this one.

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