Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (67-52) at Cincinnati Reds (51-69)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
B Norris (6-9) (4.26) vs. Tim Adleman (1-1) (3.72)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +135 / Los Angeles Dodgers -145 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to stay red hot and shake off a tough loss yesterday as they take on the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
The Dodgers look to keep pace in the NL West race and assure themselves of a spot in the postseason and while they are coming off a road loss yesterday they are still very much in the driver’s seat with a 7-3 stretch in their last 10 games. Los Angeles made a push at the trade deadline to bring in some pieces including Rich Hill who is currently “filling” the void left by Clayton Kershaw and while that is an impossible task the Dodgers rotation has done decently well considering. LA will be a tough out for teams if they do in fact make the playoffs as they can beat you in a number of different ways but they still face an uphill battle as three of the best teams in baseball are all competing for that NL pennant including their archrivals from San Francisco.
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The Reds meanwhile continue to be a thorn in the side of many playoff hopefuls as they are playing some of their best baseball of the season as sometimes is the case when there is no pressure to win. Cincy has some pop in their bats and while Adam Duvall is currently nursing an injury they are still finding ways to win but they will have their work cut out for them here as they send Tim Adelman to the mound who is just 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA. The Dodgers will counter with Bud Norris who is 6-9 with a 4.26 ERA and is coming off the DL but perhaps his stint got him healthy and fresh to close out the regular season on a high note.
The Dodgers are 5-2 in their last seven road games, 5-1 in their last six on the road against a righty, and 4-1 in their last five on the road against a team with a losing record while the Reds are 4-1 in their last five Friday games, 7-3 in their last 10 home games, and 7-3 in their last 10 against the NL West. Los Angeles needs to keep winning and against teams with a losing record they can’t afford to lose and I like them to get it done here against the Reds.