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Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Where and when: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, Tuesday, 10:10 pm EST
Both the Cincinnati Reds along with the Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to get back on track as they will face off in game two of a three-game set on Tuesday night at 10:10 pm EST at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Reds, after winning game one of a two-game set versus the St. Louis Cardinals, were not able to contain the offense for the visitors in the finale as they fell by a 9-5 score in the end. And despite tying the game at four in the fifth, the Cardinals were able to post five runs in the seventh after big nights by Marcell Ozuna (4-5, 4 RBI’s) along Jose Martinez, who also hit a 2-run homer in the contest.
The Reds were sparked by Jesse Winker, who finished 2-5 for the game along with three RBI’s; However, Anthony Desclafani was fortunate to pick up the no-decision after going just four innings while allowing four earned runs along with two homers in the loss.
The Dodgers are coming off their second straight series defeat after falling to the Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game set this past weekend. The Brewers were able to pick up victories in games one & two of the set, however, the Dodgers were able to salvage with a 7-1 victory on Sunday thanks to a dominating pitching performance from Ross Stripling along with a combined five RBI’s from Chris Taylor along with Alex Verdugo. Batting leader in Cody Bellinger also had a hit in the contest as well as the Dodgers finished with 11 total hits. They pounded Jhoulys Chacin on the mound to the tune of six earned runs and a homer in only 2 ⅓ innings of work.
Maeda seeks strong performance to get team back on track
Kenta Maeda (2-1) has been a solid performer for the Dodgers thus far in the season. In fact, his first two outings of the year resulted in blowout wins for Los Angeles to where he allowed just four earned runs. However, Maeda has had issues in preventing the long ball this season as he has allowed four, total, in 2019 (after just 13 in 2018).
The right-hander pitched 5 ⅓ innings versus the Cardinals on April 10th in a 7-2 loss to where he allowed five earned runs along with a home run. He enters this matchup with a high 4.73 ERA on the year and while continues to be a stalwart for the pitching staff for the Dodgers, he did not have much success at all facing the Reds last season at Dodger Stadium in giving up five earned runs along with a homer in 4 ⅓ innings of pitching in a 6-2 defeat.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 15, 2019
Joey Votto along with Jose Peraza are each batting .400 versus Maeda on five at bats while Eugenio Suarez (0-5) along with Matt Kemp (2-7) has struggled versus the right-hander in their careers. Tucker Barnhart is batting .286 on seven at bats versus Maeda lifetime.
Mahle seeking to end streak of no decisions
Despite pitching well in his first two outings of the season for the Reds, Tyler Mahle (0-0) has not picked up a win on the season after pitching 11 innings while allowing one earned run on seven hits alongside one homer. His ERA stands at .82 on the year as he is coming off a slim, 2-1 victory at home over the Miami Marlins on April 10th.
On the ground in LA! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/HzRIaveIhI
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 15, 2019
On May 10th, 2018, Mahle picked up a 4-1 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles after pitching five innings while allowing just three hits on 109 pitches, total. Of course, as far as this year is concerned, run support has been a big issue for the Reds, particularly with Mahle on the hill. The Reds are averaging just over three runs per game while possessing a team batting average of .210 for the season. As a team, the Reds have dropped four of their last five road games with Mahle on the mound.
Max Muncy is 1-1 versus the right-hander lifetime while Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson, along with Chris Taylor are a combined 0-8 versus Mahle.
- LAD is 24-11 in their last 35 home games.
- CIN is 16-35 in their last 51 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I happen to feel strongly that Mahle will put in a strong pitching performance for the Reds in their game-two matchup versus the Dodgers. Of course, one should also look for Maeda to also look to have an effective outing as well. However, the Reds have had a bit of success versus the right-hander in recent outings. It is for this reason that one should expect the road team to have just a bit more success on the mound as well as at the plate as the Reds will sneak out a slim victory in the end.
Prediction: Pick: Cincinnati Reds +159
Full-Game Total Pick
Despite giving up nine runs in their finale loss to the Cardinals, the Reds enter this matchup allowing just an average of 2.4 runs in their last five outings. The Dodgers allowed a ton of runs to the Brewers along with the Cardinals in their prior series, however, will certainly benefit with a solid Maeda on the mound in what will be a low-scoring affair on Tuesday night.
Prediction: Pick: Under 8.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Reds will be locked into this matchup, which should really be a pitcher’s duel from start to finish with Mahle along with Maeda on the mound. However, the Reds have been playing much more consistent, particularly on the defensive end, which will be the ultimate catalyst in allowing them to pick up the victory while covering the spread in the end.
Prediction: Pick: Cincinnati Reds +1.5
First Five Innings Side Pick
Mahle has had limiting, yet successful experiences versus the offense for the Dodgers in his career. With that being said, Maeda continues to be one of the solid pitchers within the lineup for Los Angeles, as stated; However, has not had very much success in neutralizing many of the big bats for the Reds. Expect Cincinnati to capitalize with experience at the plate in this matchup by getting some hits going early versus Maeda. And while the pitcher will limit the damage, look for the visitors to end the first half of this contest with a slim lead advantage.
Prediction: Pick: Cincinnati Reds +0.5
First Five Innings Total Bet
Again, both Maeda along with Mahle have been rather awesome on the hill for their respective teams this year. Look for this to continue as the Reds will be relying on Mahle to keep their winning streak going; On the other hand, Maeda will also want to provide a momentum-building performance for a Dodgers team that continues to erect themselves from a seven-game losing skid. The Dodgers have averaged just over three runs per game during their last eight outings, altogether.
Prediction: Pick: Under 4.5
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
Look for the Reds to pick up a slim lead advantage after five innings of this contest as they will cash in on the money line, as a result. And while this will be a low-scoring affair throughout the first few innings, look for the Reds to continue their defensive surge versus a high-scoring squad for the Dodgers while obtaining some key hits off Maeda in the meantime. In all, one should strongly back red-hot Cincinnati to cover in this instance after a slim, 4-3 loss in game one to the Dodgers in walk-off fashion.
Prediction: Pick: Cincinnati Reds +145