Cincinnati Reds (10-27) at Los Angeles Dodgers (16-20)
|Date & Time||Friday May 11, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -230 / Cincinnati Reds +210 --- Over/Under: 8
The Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers duke it out in game two of their four game set from Dodger Stadium in MLB action on Friday night.
The Cincinnati Reds will be looking to build on their current three game winning streak after taking the opener by a final score of 4-1 on Thursday night. Scooter Gennett led the charge, going 3 for 4 with a homer, a double and three RBIs. Billy Hamilton went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI to round out the scoring for the Reds in the win, while Tucker Barnhart added a double. Joey Votto went 2 for 4 at the dish while Jesse Winker added a base hit as well to finish the offense for Cincinnati in the win. Tyler Mahle got the win to improve to 3-4 this season, giving up just an unearned run on three hits over five innings of work. Raisel Iglesias struck out three over 1.1 innings of relief for his 5th save of the season. Matt Harvey will get the start and will be making his Reds debut and is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Harvey is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 18 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in dire need of a win after losing four of their last five games with the loss on Thursday. Chase Utley went 2 for 3 with the team’s lone RBI, while Enrique Hernandez and Max Muncy added base hits as well as the Dodgers mustered up just four hits as a team in the loss. Walker Buehler took the loss, falling to 2-1 this season after giving up two runs on five hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. Kenta Maeda will start game two and is 2-2 with a 4.02 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. In his career, Maeda is 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts against Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is 26-59 in their last 85 road games and 8-27 in their last 35 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the NL West. Los Angeles is 1-4 in Maeda’s last 5 starts and 26-8 in their last 34 games against the NL Central while the under is 10-3-1 in their last 14 games against a left-handed starter. Cincinnati is 25-56 in the last 81 meetings between these two teams and 9-29 in the last 38 meetings in Los Angeles.
Call me crazy, but there’s no way I’m paying this steep of a price with a Dodgers team that is banged up left and right, and is struggling to win against teams at the bottom of the NL. No offense to the Reds who have rattled off three straight wins, but these are the kinds of games the Dodgers should win and they aren’t. Harvey hasn’t been himself for a while now, but I think a change of scenery might do him some good and it starts with a massive upset on Friday so I’ll take a stab at the Reds and the plus money.