The Cincinnati Reds are the hottest team in baseball right now, winning 10 straight games and taking sole possession of first place in the NL Central in the process.
The team has been bolstered by the arrival of top prospect Elly De La Cruz – going 11-2 since he made his Major League debut. De La Cruz has looked the part through 13 games, hitting a strong .308 with two homers, 13 runs scored, six runs batted in and six stolen bases.
He’s looking like a future star, and Cincinnati is somehow winning despite not paying top dollar for 90 percent of the talent on the roster. It’s pretty wild.
Can the Reds, who were expected to have a tough 2023 season, keep this momentum going? They play in one of MLB’s worst divisions, so it’s not a crazy thought to think that they can win the NL Central and make the playoffs.
Oddsmakers are starting to believe in the Reds as well, leading to a massive surge in their division odds.
Here’s how the Reds look in the futures market amidst this 10-game winning streak:
Reds’ odds to win the NL Central
After opening at +6600, the Reds have now moved all the way to +375 to win the NL Central, at one point reaching +300 after last night’s win.
For bettors who got in on the Reds early this season, they could reap some massive benefits if the team holds on in the division.
There’s still a ton of baseball left, but the Reds have the offense that could signal that they are a playoff-caliber team.
Cincinnati ranks 13th in MLB in OPS and 10th in runs scored this season. They lead the NL Central in runs scored and are behind only the last-place St. Louis Cardinals in OPS.
The bigger concern is the Reds’ pitching. The team is 27th in MLB in ERA, but the bullpen for Cincy has been serviceable, posting a 3.79 ERA on the season.
The starting pitching for the Reds will have to improve if the team’s offense starts to struggle. The NL Central is still wide open with just eight games separating the Reds and Cardinals, but there’s reason to believe that Cincy could end up taking home the division crown.
Reds’ odds to win the World Series
One can dream, right?
In all seriousness, the Reds aren’t likely to win the World Series, but they actually may have some value at DraftKings Sportsbook if you do want to bet on them.
BetMGM has moved the Reds up to +8000 to win the World Series this season while DK has them at +15000.
I wouldn’t expect Cincy to win it all, but sometimes fans want to take a shot and wager on their team regardless. If so, you might as well get the Reds at the best number possible.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.
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