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Los Angeles Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are 9-8 and have lost 6 of their last 7, while the Reds are 5-9 and have won 4 of their last 5. On Monday, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is expected to make his first start of the season. The Reds counter with Luis Castillo, who is 1-1 on the year. Game time is 10:10 p.m. ET.
Reds wake up
The Cincinnati Reds are rolling.They got off to a rough start but righted the ship winning 4 of their last 5. Their record is now 5-9 and are 4 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central. They beat St. Louis on Saturday 5-2 for their fourth straight win. The game was played in Monterrey, Mexico. Tanner Roark gave up 1 run in 6 innings, while Jared Hughes got the win in relief. Derek Dietrich went 2 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBIs. Jesse Winker also had a home run. The Cardinals got a measure of revenge, beating the Reds on Sunday by a score of 9-5. The Cards jumped all over Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani for 4 runs in 4 innings. Winker had 3 hits including a home run and 3 RBIs. Yasiel Puig also had a home run for Cincinnati.
Castillo gets the start on Saturday. The right-hander has been brilliant so far with a 1-1 record and an 0.92 ERA. He has a WHIP of 0.66 and opponents hit just .082 against him. He has 25 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.
Dodgers end skid
It’s been up and down year for the Los Angeles Dodgers, They got off to an 8-2 start but then the wheels came off and they lost 6 straight games to fall to 8-8. On Sunday they stopped the losing streak, beating the Brewers 7-1. Ross Stripling gave up 1 run on 4 hits in 8 innings of work to get the win. Joe Pederson went 1 for 4 with a HR and an RBI. Alex Verdugo went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBIs. Chris Taylor went 2 of 4 with 2 RBIs.
The Dodgers have a potent offense, averaging 6.38 runs per game, which is 2nd in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .282, which is third in the league, and a slugging percentage of .529, which is 2nd. They are also third in home runs. They have a team ERA of 4.94, which is 18th in the league, and a WHIP of 1.30, which is 12th. Cody Bellinger is having a ridiculous year, batting .422 with 9 HRs and 22 RBIs. He’s 3rd in the MLB in batting average, 2nd in homers, and tied for first in RBIs. Kike Hernandez is hitting .320 with 4 HRs and 10 RBIs, while David Freese is hitting .316. Austin Barnes is hitting .313, while Justin Turner is hitting .286. Max Muncy has 4 HRs and 11 RBIs.
LA Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitched for @TulsaDrillers tonight at OneOK Field in front of a soldout crowd. His line: 6 IP, 2 ER (both solo HR's), 5H, 6K, 0bb. He is expected to make his season debut with LA next week @KJRH2HD pic.twitter.com/XDY6jwPbAU
— Jacob Tobey (@JacobRTobey) April 10, 2019
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is expected to make his first start of 2019. Last year, during an injury-plagued year he was 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA. He made 26 starts and pitched 161 innings. The lefty had 155 strikeouts. He has been out with a should injury but he made a rehab start at Double-A last week and he looked good, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings. He had good velocity, too.
- Dodgers are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Dodgers are 9-3 in their last 12 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Dodgers are 30-14 in their last 44 during game 1 of a series.
- Dodgers are 23-11 in their last 34 home games.
- Dodgers are 42-12 in Kershaw’s last 54 home starts.
- Dodgers are 22-7 in Kershaw’s last 29 Monday starts.
- Dodgers are 9-3 in Kershaw’s last 12 starts vs. National League Central.
- Dodgers are 73-25 in Kershaw’s last 98 starts.
- Reds are 16-35 in their last 51 road games.
- Reds are 20-46 in their last 66 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Reds are 5-16 in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Reds are 1-6 in their last 7 Monday games.
- Reds are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a left-handed starter.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Go with the Dodgers. Kershaw is back and the Dodgers are home, which are two good reasons the Dodgers will win. Six of their 8 wins have been at home. Kershaw may be a bit rusty, but even a rusty Kershaw will be enough to silence the light-hitting Reds. Kershaw looked good in his last Double-A rehab start and the Dodgers are 9-3 in their last 12 when Kershaw is on the mound against NL Central opponents.
Prediction: Dodgers -153
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the under. Castillo has been lights out this season, with an ERA of 1.92. With Kershaw going for the Dodgers, don’t expect a lot of runs in this game. The under is 8-0 in Reds last 8 games vs. a left-handed starter and 6-0 in their last 6 road games vs. a left-handed starter. Also, the under is 3-0-2 in Dodgers last 5 Monday games and 4-0-1 in Kershaws last 5 home starts.