LA Dodgers at Cincinnati MLB Betting Analysis & Tips

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 15, 2017 in

The Los Angeles Dodgers (41-25) open a weekend series in Cincinnati against the Reds (29-36) on Friday night. The Dodgers are riding a six-game winning streak right now, including a 6-4 win over the Cleveland Indians that saw the Dodgers take the lead on a home run against star reliever Andrew Miller for the second night in a row. The Reds were just swept by the Dodgers in Los Angeles last weekend and continued that losing streak this week, taking their sixth straight setback on Wednesday in San Diego, falling 4-2.

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LA Dodgers at Cincinnati MLB Betting Analysis & Tips

When: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:10pm ET
Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
Radio: Los Angeles / Cincinnati
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Pitching Matchup: Alex Wood (6-0, 2.01 ERA) (LA) vs Tim Adleman (4-2, 4.34 ERA) (CIN)

Why should you bet on the Dodgers?

Alex Wood is making his second start after a stint on the 10-day disabled list (SC joint inflammation). His first start was also against the Reds; he permitted five hits and three runs in 5 innings, striking out seven batters without any walks. Expect his stamina to grow in his second start back from his time off. Of the Cincinnati regulars, six Reds have faced Wood without ever getting a hit off him, and only slugger Joey Votto has ever taken him deep. The fact that the Reds only mustered seven runs in three games against an iffy San Diego pitching staff tells you about the slump they are in.

The Cincinnati Reds are MLB betting underdogs against the LA Dodgers.

Why should you put your money on the Reds?

Tim Adleman has posted three quality starts in his last four trips through the rotation, posting a 2.08 ERA and picking up a pair of wins over that stretch. However, his last time out, he permitted two earned runs and five hits, taking a no-decision as the Reds lost. While some of the Cincinnati bats have been quiet for the last week, Joey Votto has been on fire, hitting five home runs in this stretch of games. If some of the other Cincinnati bats can join him, the Reds have a chance to bring this losing streak to an end.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the way Joey Votto pounds the ball, but the Reds around him seem to be stuck in a malaise right now. I see the Dodgers cruising, 4-1.