Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick - 9/8/13
Los Angeles Dodgers (83-58) at Cincinnati Reds (81-62)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Clayton Kershaw (L) (14-8) (1.895) vs. Homer Bailey (R) (10-10) (3.418)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +110 / Los Angeles Dodgers -120 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds take the field in front of the country for Sunday Night Baseball.
Losses have been few and far between for the Dodgers, who have gone from worse to first in what seems like the blink of an eye, with their hitting and pitching coming together nicely. That has been a tough combination for opponents to deal with, but neither has been at their best during a three game skid following a 4-3, ten-inning defeat at Great American Ball Park. Zack Greinke gave his team six strong innings, with two runs scored and Brian Wilson taking the loss, with a run allowed without recording an out. Yasiel Puig slammed a two-run homer to pace Los Angeles at the plate. Ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw draws Sunday's starting assignment against Cincinnati. Kershaw is coming off a rare poor performance in a 10-8 loss at Colorado where he gave up five runs on eleven hits in five innings.
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With the National League Central a virtual tie at the top between Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St Louis, the Reds live and die with each and every win or loss. The Reds have been living well of late, with Saturday's win giving Cincy wins in five of six behind outstanding work on the mound. Mat Latos turned in another solid performance, with three runs plated through seven innings of work with four relievers holding the Dodgers scoreless. Four players drove in runs and four scored, with Todd Frazier singling in the game winner. The Red turn to Homer Bailey on the hill to slow the Dodgers attack on Sunday night. Bailey has been at his best the past two times out, with a pair of shutouts where he has given up a total of four hits in 14.1 frames.
The Los Angeles express has hit a snag and Cincinnati shoots for the sweep on Sunday. Both teams have the pitching to get the job done and I am looking at Kershaw if his team can score some runs.