Cincinnati Reds (10-27) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (16-20)Date : 05/12/2018
Time : 9:10 PM ET
Location : Dodger Stadium
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Cincinnati Reds vs Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers will return home as they will welcome the Reds to Dodgers stadium as the two teams will face off in a 4 games-series. The Dodgers will look to pick up some ground after having a bad start to the year, while the Reds are in for a very long series.
Cincinnati Reds's Latest Performance :
The Reds will be coming off an impressive series win against the struggling Mets, the team finally got double digits wins this season with 10. As they will face a tough challenge ahead as they go on the road to face the Dodgers. The Reds are 27th in pitching this season with an ERA of 5.04. The Reds season has been a real struggle wins are very hard to come by for this team although they are improving as a team lately and hopefully they can build on the series wins over the Mets. It is just their second series win of the season and its first back to back victories since April.
It starts with the starting pitching when you get six your bullpen lines up correctly you got a chance and Sal Romano delivered for the Reds tonight in six innings he only allowed one earned run, four hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Although the Reds have one of the worst pitcher rotation of 5.38 ERA, Romano is still managed to get a 2.33 ERA over his past five starts. The Reds are hoping to turn things around when playing with the Dodgers they are 0-5-1 in six series, Reds have dropped 17 of the last 20 games. It won’t be an easy series for the Reds as they will travel to LA.
Adam Duvall hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, he was the first batter to step to the plate in the bottom of the 10th. He is batting just .176/.261/.395 in 36 games this season, but he does have six home runs and 17 RBI.
Pitching for the Reds will be Homer Bailey. He has yet to pitch past the 6 innings this year. He’s given up 18 runs on nine homers over 19 2/3 innings during that stretch. He dropped to 0-5 on the year. He had a 3.42 ERA after four starts.
Los Angeles Dodgers's Latest Performance :
The Dodgers was able to be out with a split against the D-Backs, they now have a record of 16-20. The thing about the Dodgers is that they have the talent and it seems like to me that they don’t really focus on the regular season as much because they know how to return to the World Series. The Dodgers are 4th in the NL West but they aren’t in panic mode just yet because they just beat the division leaders the D-Backs, up next for them are the Reds as they should be able to handle business at home. If the Dodgers is able to sweep the series from the Reds they will have a .500 record again.
Chase Utley was able to hit a 2 run double extending the lead to 6-3 in the 8th for the Dodgers, Utley is 7 for 12 with four RBIs as a pinch-hitter this year. His line is .253/.362/.405 with 13 RBIs and a homer.
Matt Kemp will be glad he is back playing at home, he’s now one of their steadiest and best offensive producers. He is slashing at .343/.381/.552 with 17 RBI and 13 runs scored to go with his five homers. Expect him to put on a great hitting performance against the Reds. He is one of the key players that the Dodgers will need as the season progresses.
Yasmani Grandal has finally picked things up after he went hitless across his first 14 at-bats to drop his average from .315 to .272. at the beginning of May. Since then he has picked things up with a line of .282/.385/.500 as he went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk, and two RBI. Look for him to regain his confidence when he is batting against the Reds at home.
Pitching for the Dodgers at home will be Ross Stripling. He had a lot of traffic on base, but he posted four scoreless innings in another emergency start caused by Clayton Kershaw’s injury. He has an ERA of 1.94 and 24 strikeouts in his 2 games as a starter.
How Cincinnati Reds & Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Dodgers are 26-8 in their last 34 vs. National League Central.
Reds are 16-40 in their last 56 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: Los Angeles Dodgers
My reason for the pick :
The Dodgers should be able to pick up a comfortable win against the Reds as now it is the time to really dominate the series as the Dodgers will try to go for a series sweep. The Dodgers are 8-9 this season when playing at home look for that record to increase after the series is over.
Betting trends for Cincinnati Reds:
- Reds are 26-59 in their last 85 road games.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers:
- Dodgers are 37-17 in their last 54 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.