MLB Picks: Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Cincinnati Reds (58-44) and Los Angeles Dodgers (53-47) will open up a four-game National League series Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Cincinnati opened up its road trip by winning three of four games against the San Francisco Giants, including an 8-3 victory as -119 favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in four contests. “We’ve played better than them,” commented Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. “I don’t really know how to explain it.” The Reds offense recorded 55 hits—22 for extra-bases—setting a four-game series record at AT&T Park. Cincinnati is 7-10 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the UNDER going 9-8 in that situation.
Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos (9-3, 3.53 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last six outings, as he comes off a 5-4 home victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, as he allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits over five frames. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 11 road games, with opposing hitters batting .255 against him. In nine career games versus the Dodgers, Latos has compiled a 2-6 record and 2.48 ERA.
Los Angeles has won six games in a row, including an 8-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays as +104 road underdogs last night, while going OVER the total for a fourth consecutive contest. “We showed we can score against anyone at any time,” commented Dodgers pitcher Brandon League. The Dodgers have won 10 games in a row on the road—their longest such win streak since 1954. Los Angeles is 29-28 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 30-25-2 in that situation.
Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (8-2, 3.36 ERA) has led the club to six consecutive victories, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 3-1 road win over the Washington Nationals last time out. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in seven home games, issuing eight walks and striking out 38 batters in 45.2 combined frames. In six career games versus the Reds, Greinke has tallied a 4-0 record and 2.14 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely back the Dodgers due to their 7-0 record in Greinke’s last seven home starts.