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Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 5/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Friday May 17, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -135 / Cincinnati Reds +115 -- Over/Under: 9.5
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds meet Friday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Dodgers have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won 16 of their last 18 games when scoring four or more runs. Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 61 hits and 41 RBI while Justin Turner and Alex Verdugo have combined for 80 hits and 41 RBI. Rich Hill gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. Hill is 4-3 with a 3.73 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds look for a win after winning six of their last 10 games. The Reds have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Cincinnati Reds have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than one run. Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with 41 hits and 29 RBI while Jose Iglesias and Yasiel Puig have combined for 71 hits and 38 RBI. Anthony DeSclafani gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 4.17 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. DeSclafani is 1-4 with a 4.11 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. National League Central, 40-19 in their last 59 games following an off day and 9-2 in Hill's last 11 starts. The Reds are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter, 1-4 in DeSclafani's last 5 home starts and 5-0 in DeSclafani's last 5 starts. The Dodgers are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Cincinnati, 21-8 in the last 29 meetings and the Reds are 0-4 in DeSclafani's last 4 starts vs. Dodgers. The over is 5-2 in DeSclafani's last 7 starts overall. The over is 21-8-1 in Hill's last 30 starts overall.

Hill is still trying to find his footing after starting the season late, and he's been a bit shaky in his first 15 innings. DeSclafani has allowed 12 hits and seven earned runs in his last 10 innings and has really struggled at home where he has a 4.80 ERA with eight walks in 15 innings. With that said, the Reds are enjoying their best stretch of the season over the last week and the offense is starting to come to life. There's some value with the Cincinnati Reds and the plus money at home. I need to see Hill put together a few more starts before I back him with confidence.

Cincinnati Reds +115

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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