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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds
Where and when: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio, Friday, 7:10 pm EST
Fresh off a sweep of the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers will begin an eight-game road trip beginning with a three-game weekend set versus the Cincinnati Reds beginning at 7:10 pm EST on Friday night. The Dodgers were able to sweep the Reds at Dodger Stadium in April as the pitching staff only allowed six runs throughout the duration of the set.
Speaking of scoring, the Reds have had their fair share of issues at the plate this season. Jose Iglesias, however, is batting .289 on the year while having a total of eight hits in the last six games. Eugenio Suarez leads the team in home runs with thirteen while batting .269 as he connected on a huge, two-run blast in the finale of a two-game series versus the Chicago Cubs to pick up the tie.
Other than this, the lineup is hitting .212, good for next to last place within the MLB. Furthermore, the Reds continue to find themselves within the cellar of the NL Central division. On the other hand, they enter this contest winners of nine of their last 13 games at Great American Ball Park.
The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to ride high in possessing the top spot within the NL West. Also, they have not lost a series in two weeks as they enter their set with the Reds winners of thirteen of their last eighteen games, overall. However, the Dodgers, despite their ability to score along with neutralizing opposing lineups from the mound, are losers of ten of their last seventeen games on the road.
Fortunately for the red-hot Dodgers, beginning their road trip with a series versus a team in the Reds can indeed be a way in which to get their trip started on a winning note. Los Angeles has picked up victories in nine of their last thirteen games at Great American Ball Park. Expect for their offense, which averages over five runs per game, to battle a pitching staff for Cincinnati that is ranked among the best in the league in ERA at 3.35 on the year.
DeSclafani seeks much better results on the hill in opener
Anthony DeSclafani (2-1) had issues in preventing home runs early in the year as he allowed five in his first four starts. After attempting to overcome some mechanical issues on the mound, the right-hander was able to go two full outings without a homer (or earned run) in wins on the hill versus the St. Louis Cardinals along with the New York Mets. However, DeSclafani has regressed in his last two starts as he has allowed seven earned runs along with two homers. And while the Reds have won five straight with him on the mound, DeSclafani has had no decisions in eight total starts for the year.
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) May 16, 2019
He was destroyed by the Dodgers at home last year in an 8-1 loss after allowing five earned along with a homer in just 4 ⅔ innings. DeSclafani also suffered a loss in a 4-0 shutout versus the Dodgers at home in 2016 after allowing another four earned runs along with a homer in seven innings of work. Justin Turner is .250 on 16 at bats versus the right-hander while Joc Pederson has had nine at bats while hitting .444 lifetime. Cody Bellinger is 0-1 versus DeSclafani.
Hill seeking first win of the year
Rich Hill (0-1) has also been generous with the home run ball this year, as well. In fact, he has allowed five in only three starts on the season. He possesses an ERA of 4.20 while coming off his first loss after pitching five innings while allowing three earned runs and a homer versus the Washington Nationals on May 9th. And while Hill is 1-1 versus the Reds in his most recent two starts at Dodger Stadium, he last pitched at Great American Ball Park on May of 2013 as a reliever for the Cleveland Indians in gracing the mound for just 11 pitches in what resulted in an 8-2 loss.
Kenta Maeda did it all Wednesday night, striking out a season-high 12 batters and recording the only run-scoring hit of the night. https://t.co/2nOgLJYX6t
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) May 16, 2019
His last road start also resulted in a no-decision after pitching four innings while allowing three earned runs in a 7-6 win over the talented San Diego Padres, the division’s third-place team. In all, in Hill’s last seven road starts, he has suffered a no-decision in four. Suarez (2-3) along with Peraza (3-6) have had success versus Hill in their careers while Jose Iglesias (.143) along with Joey Votto (0-6) have struggled versus the left-hander.
- No trends to report
- LAD are 21-8 in their last 29 overall.
- LAD are 21-8 in their last 29 games on grass.
- LAD are 42-19 in their last 61 Fri. games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
As stated, Los Angeles has not played as well on the road thus far in the season, however, have really illustrated their dominance over the Reds at Great American Ball Park in recent outings. With that being said, look for the Dodgers to pick up a high-scoring victory over the Reds in the opener on Friday. DeSclafani has been much too inconsistent while also not faring well versus this offensive-minded lineup for Los Angeles. Look for Hill to hold it together for this contest, particularly after such a disastrous outing versus the Nationals.
Prediction: Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -130
Full-Game Total Pick
The over will indeed be the strong pick for this contest as it has been the case in four of the last five outings for the Dodgers with Hill at the helm. It has also been the play in five of the last seven for the Reds with DeSclafani on the hill as each have given up their fair share of runs on the year.
Prediction: Pick: Over 9.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
Again, the Dodgers have dominated the Reds at Great American Ball Park in recent matchups. They will also get the best of DeSclafani (yet again) as he will continue his inconsistent play at the mound. Most importantly, the Dodgers will capitalize at the plate as Turner, Pederson, and company will cruise in the opener.
Prediction: Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5
First Five Innings Side Pick
Hill has had some success in limited matchups versus the big bats for the Reds. And while he has had his fair share of issues on the mound lately as well as throughout the season, he will be able to calm the bats for Cincinnati just enough early on. On the other hand, the Dodgers will be optimistic for this matchup as they have had tons of success versus a struggling DeSclafani, as stated.
Prediction: Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -0.5
First Five Innings Total Bet
Look for the Dodgers to begin their road trip on a positive note as they will knock in some early runs versus the Reds on Friday. The Reds will certainly wish to end their losing streak to the Dodgers at home and will take advantage of a pitcher in Hill that continues to be up and down on the year. In all, expect the over to be the strong play after five innings.
Prediction: Pick: Over 5.5
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
Look for the visitors to come out focused and swinging versus DeSclafani as the lineup is batting .308 versus the right-hander. And while the Reds may sting Hill a time or two early, look for the Dodgers to claim a lead as the sixth inning approaches.
Prediction: Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -135