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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds - 5/12/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (12-27) at Los Angeles Dodgers (16-22)
Date & Time Saturday May 12, 2018, 9:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -175 / Cincinnati Reds +165 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Cincinnati Reds (12-27) at Los Angeles Dodgers (16-22)
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The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Saturday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium. 

The Cincinnati Reds look for another victory here to build on their four-game winning streak. The Reds have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Cincinnati Reds have won five of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Scooter Gennett leads the Reds with 45 hits and 24 RBI while Jose Peraza and Joey Votto have combined for 81 hits and 31 RBI. Homer Bailey gets the ball, and he is 0-5 with a 5.61 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Bailey is 4-4 with a 4.57 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting desperate for a victory after losing five of their last six games. The Dodgers have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 16 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost 12 of their last 14 games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 39 hits and 17 RBI while Chris Taylor and Matt Kemp have combined for 73 hits and 31 RBI. Ross Stripling gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. This will be Stripling’s second career game against the Reds.

The Reds are 17-35 in their last 52 during game 3 of a series, 6-21 in their last 27 Saturday games and 7-21 in Baileys last 28 starts. The Dodgers are 24-10 in their last 34 Saturday games, 117-55 in their last 172 home games and 2-7 in Striplings last 9 starts. The Reds are 10-29 in the last 39 meetings in Los Angeles, 26-56 in the last 82 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The Cincinnati Reds are going to get back to losing eventually, as this team simply isn't good. Bailey has also been one of the worst pitchers in baseball, allowing no less than three runs in six of his last seven starts and allowing 11 runs in his last nine innings. He's just been awful. With that said, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the worst team in baseball to back given their big prices you have to lay, and you're in a major hole if you've been backing this team with any consistency. Are you really going to lay this juice with the Dodgers right now? I have no choice but to take the Reds if I'm going to play this game.

Cincinnati Reds +165

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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