Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (67-54) at Cincinnati Reds (52-69)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Julio Urias (3-2) (4.41) vs. A DeSclafani (7-1) (3.10)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +127 / Los Angeles Dodgers -137 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Reds look to build on yesterday’s impressive win over the Los Angeles Dodgers as the two sides meet up again on Sunday.
The Dodgers were absolutely shelled yesterday in Cincinnati as they gave up 11 runs on 18 hits and only managed only a single run on three hits in what was one of the most lopsided games of the year and they really picked an inopportune time to go on a slide as they have the Giants breathing down their necks. The Dodgers are just 5-5 in their last 10 games and while they still have the makeup of a World Series contender they need to find ways to win games against teams that are out of the running and Cincy certainly fits that bill despite playing very well of late. The Dodgers will send Julio Urias to the mound here as he will face off against Anthony DeSclafani who is far and away the Reds’ best pitching option and should pose problems for the Dodgers here.
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The Reds have had a tough go over the last few years as they have moved on from some pretty big parts of their lineup as no longer are the days or Todd Frazier, Aroldis Chapman, Johnny Cueto, and Jay Bruce but they still have Joey Votto, Adam Duvall, and DeSclafani as the three headed monster of their team and they should be able to draw some free agents in this winter. Cincinnati needs to find a way to harness last night’s effort and transfer some of it into another productive game here and while they have the pitching edge to do so the Dodgers are still a much better team.
The Dodgers are 6-0 in Urias’ last six games, 13-5 in their last 18 Sunday games, and 2-5 in their last seven road games against a team with a losing record while the Reds are 5-2 in their last seven home games, 4-0 in their last four overall, and 4-1 in their last five against the NL West. This looks like another good spot for the Reds who have their ace on the bump and are seeing the ball well and I like them to get it done again on Sunday.