Free MLB Pick: Dodgers vs. Reds Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(94-53) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds (76-71)
Date: Saturday, September 18th, 2021
Time: 2:10 PM ET
Venue: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Projected Pitchers: Max Scherzer (LAD) vs. Sonny Gray (CIN)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Dodgers -180 | Reds +165
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Dodgers -1.5 (-130)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8.5
The Los Angeles Dodgers will make a trip to the Midwest to take on the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.
The Dodgers have already clinched a postseason berth but are right on the heals of the Giants for the division lead and the best record in baseball. The Reds have fallen apart over the last month and are now fighting for the final wild card spot with the Cardinals and Padres.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers swept the Padres and Diamondbacks over the last week at home yet are still trying to track down the league best Giants in the NL West division. They are currently 1.5 games back for the division lead but hold a commanding 17 game lead for the top Wild Card spot.
Los Angeles became the 2nd team in the league to clinch a playoff spot, the only other team being their division foe Giants.
The Dodgers are 16th in team batting average (.240), 4th overall in homeruns per contest (1.40), and 5th in runs per game (5.03).
The Dodgers are led by Max Muncy with 31 homers and 79 RBI’s. Justin Turner has 74 RBIs and Chris Taylor has 71. Los Angeles is hitting .240 and averaging 5.33 runs per nine innings against right-handers.
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After holding a playoff spot for a bit, the Reds have now lost 11 of their last 17 games and are now behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card race.
The Reds have maintained one of the best offenses in baseball throughout the season with an average of 4.91 runs per game and a 0.760 OPS to rank third in the Majors.
Cincinnati pitching hasn’t held up as well with a 4.38 collective ERA to rank slightly below average, including a mark of 5.18 from a bullpen that has been a massive weak point for an otherwise good roster.
Cincinnati is missing a huge bat as outfielder Jesse Winker isn’t quite ready to return from a strained intercoastal muscle while Nick Senzel is still recovering from knee surgery in May.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Dodgers are 94-53 overall
- Dodgers are 42-30 on the road
- Reds are 76-71 overall
- Reds are 38-33 at home
Free Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Prediction:
The Reds are returning home from a disappointing road trip where they lost three straight series to NL Central foes the Cubs, Cardinals, and Pirates. It was not a trip they want to remember but there’s no room for sulking as the defending champs are paying them a visit and are red hot.
The Dodgers are rolling right now and have the best rotation in all of baseball. In the series opener they’re sending potential Cy Young winner Max Scherzer Buehler to the mound which is not good news for a Cincinnati team that is not getting the offensive production they’ve expected all season.
This is a matchup of teams trending in two opposites directions which is likely separated by the playoff cutoff line.
I’m taking the Dodgers to win the weekend day game.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Dodgers -1.5
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