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Cincinnati Reds Betting - Reds Still Shooting For Playoffs

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 4/3/2012 5:48:06 PM

The Cincinnati Reds have not only gained a few players in their own right, but they've watched division rivals lose their cornerstones in the offseason. Hopes are high in Southwestern Ohio.

Cincinnati Reds

If you are interested in betting on baseball this season, the Cincinnati Reds would make an attractive choice in the National League's Central Division. This team is not the clear hands-down favorite, but it has a better chance than most of walking away with the division flag. Manager Dusty Baker is viewed as one of the best dugout leaders in the sport, and what's more is that Cincinnati has been able to make overall improvements to its roster. First of all, the Reds went out and grabbed starting pitcher Mat Latos from the San Diego Padres. Latos was an excellent starter for San Diego last season, showing the ability to be the kind of hurler who can take the ball and deliver not just solid innings, but dominant ones.

Latos has imposing stuff that’s likely going to be better than most of the number two starters that can be found in the National League. Cincinnati has therefore upgraded a starting rotation whose number five starter, Bronson Arroyo, is still a very capable professional, the type of veteran who will got out to the mound every five days and offer 5 2/3 innings of decent ball. As long as the top end of the rotation – Latos and staff ace Johnny Cueto – can regularly pitch into the eighth inning once summer arrives, the bullpen should remain fresh, thereby preserving the arm of fireballing lefty closer Aroldis Chapman, who has regularly exceeded 100 miles per hour on the radar gun in his burgeoning career.

For plenty of sports betting experts, the Reds are a legitimate choice in the N.L. Central not just because they acquired Latos, but because they held onto another player – first baseman Joey Votto. If Latos was the big fish Cincinnati reeled in, Votto – who won the National League MVP award in 2010 – is the fish that didn't get away. Votto will hit third in the order and make sure that Scott Rolen, who will hit behind him in the clean-up spot, sees a lot of good pitches to hit. Thumper Jay Bruce is hitting fifth, so the Reds will be able to smack the ball in their home ballyard. The Great American Ballpark is a hitter's park, and the Reds have a team that's suited for it. This is something that will give Cincinnati a (Red) leg up on the competition in 2012.

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this team, you'll also be inclined to trust the Reds because of the ways in which their foremost adversaries have been reshaped in the offseason. The St. Louis Cardinals watched Albert Pujols go to the Los Angeles Angels for an obscene amount of money, and the Milwaukee Brewers were powerless to prevent slugger Prince Fielder from moving on to the Detroit Tigers. Cincinnati is the most stable team in the division, making the Reds the safest choice in the N.L. Central, though St. Louis will certainly have something to say about the matter.

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