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Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 5/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Saturday May 18, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Great American Ballpark
Cincinnati, OH
The Line
Los Angeles Dodgers -159 / Cincinnati Reds +130 -- O/U:
TV Channel
FS-Ohio
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Great American Ballpark on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to keep their winning streak alive which currently sits at four games following a 6-0 win in game one on Saturday. Corey Seager had a home run and three RBIs, while Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger each had a solo home run with Bellinger adding a double as well. Enrique Hernandez had an RBI of his own to round out L.A.’s scoring as a team in the win while Alex Verdugo had a double and Austin Barnes had two hits as well in the victory. Rich Hill got the win to improve to 1-1 on the year after throwing six shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out ten. Walker Buehler will start game two and is 4-0 with a 4.15 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. In his career, Buehler is 1-1 with a 1.46 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Reds will look to rebound after being shut out in game one on Friday. Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez and Curt Casali each had a base hit as none of Cincinnati’s three hits went for extra bases in the losing effort. The rest of the Reds went 0 for 18 with 9 strikeouts as well in the loss. Anthony DeSclafani took the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year after allowing four runs on six hits while striking out four over four innings of work. Tyler Mahle will start game two and is 0-5 with a 3.97 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. In his career, Mahle is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 5 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 7-3 in Buehler’s last 10 starts and 22-8 in their last 30 games overall while the under is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. Cincinnati is 3-13 in Mahle’s last 16 starts and 0-4 in Mahle’s last 4 starts against the NL West while the under is 44-17-2 in their last 63 games overall. Los Angeles is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings between these two teams and 7-2 in the last 9 games between these two teams in Cincinnati.

Mahle probably deserves better and should have a couple of wins under his belt, but the fact is that we still have an unbeaten pitcher in Buehler going against a winless pitcher in Mahle. Buehler threw a shutout in his last start, but the impressive thing is that that’s been a common thing for the Dodgers as of late, as four of their last five wins have been shutouts. I just think that the Dodgers hold all the cards here so I’ll lay the juice with L.A. in this one.

Pick:
Los Angeles Dodgers -159

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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