Mon 02/07/2012 - 16:50 EDT

MLB Betting: Canadian Joey Votto Leads New Big Red Machine

Cincinnati and Joey Votto Lead NL Central Division

A thrilling first half of the 2012 Major League Baseball is about to conclude as the MLB All-Star Game is a week away. Cincinnati Reds first baseman, Joey Votto from Toronto, Canada, will be a big part of the National League squad heading to the mid-summer Classic that goes Tuesday, July 10, 2012, from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Votto is also a huge part of the Reds first half success in the NL Central.

Through the first three months of the 2012 MLB schedule few hitters have been hotter than Votto. At the end of June, the Canadian born slugger has a .350 batting average - good for fourth overall, and he leads the Majors with 33 doubles. Behind Votto's hitting, and a pitching rotation that ranks fourth in the league with a stellar 3.48 earned run average, the Reds lead the Pittsburgh Pirates by one game as we head into July.

Pittsburgh and St. Louis Chase The Reds For NL Central Lead

As mentioned, the Votto led Reds have a one game lead over the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates who opened the season as 26/1 longshots to win the NL Central. After losing the face of their franchise, slugger Alberta Puljos, the reigning World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals have been hanging tough as they are just 2.5 games back of the Reds in baseball's tightest division. The second half NL Central race will be fantastic!

Baseball handicappers can wager on which club will win the National League at the SBR.ca top rated online sportsbooks. That includes SportsInteraction.com who currently have the Reds with a 6.00 wagering line. Cincinnati is the second chalk behind the Washington Nationals and perennial favorite San Francisco Giants who are tied with a 5.50 betting price. We're backing Joey "The Bat" Votto and the new Big Red Machine!

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