Los Angeles Goes For Fifth Straight vs Cincinnati
The Los Angeles Dodgers go for a fifth straight win when they play host to the struggling Cincinnati Reds in the third of a four-game series on Saturday night. Los Angeles has won the first two games of this series to tie the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants for the top spot in the NL West standings. Cincinnati is going the other way, dropping four straight to sink to the bottom of the NL Central. This game seems like an easy one to pick, but make sure you read our in-depth preview of the contest before you make any bet online.
Let’s check the latest MLB Picks, stats, injury reports, and MLB Odds for Reds vs Dodgers. We’ve plenty of MLB Predictions.
Reds Compete but Coming Up Short
The Cincinnati Reds were in Friday night’s contest, falling by a 3-1 final score, which was better than their previous three losses, all of which came by four or more runs. Still, the team needs to get back on track in a hurry or risk falling out of contention in a hurry.
Rookie right-hander Hunter Greene will try to right the ship as he takes the mound on Saturday looking for his second win. The 22-year-old was good in his Major League debut against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, going five innings and giving up three runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking two.
Getting Greene some offensive support will be a key for the Reds. That’s been a bit of a tall order for the team, as Cincinnati is batting.191 as a team and has scored 31 runs in eight games.
Outfielder Tyler Naquin is batting a team-high .320 with three doubles, a home run, three RBIs and four runs scored. Shortstop Kyle Farmer is batting .308 with two doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored.
Turner, Dodgers Try To Keep Streaking
The Los Angeles Dodgers are off to a fast start, and that includes shortstop Trea Turner, whose RBI triple on Friday night extended his current hitting streak to 26 games. Turner is batting .300 this season with a triple, five RBIs and four runs scored.
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Second baseman Gavin Lux is also hitting well, with a team-best .381 batting average, a double, a triple, a home run, five RBIs and six runs scored. Outfielder Chris Taylor is batting .348 with two doubles, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Dodgers are fighting to stay in a tie for first in the NL West, so they need as many wins as they can on their current homestand, which will continue with a three-game set against the Atlanta Braves starting Monday.
Taking the mound for Saturday’s contest will be Julio Urias, who had a rough first outing this season. Urias lasted just two innings against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, giving up six runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out none and walking two.
Reds vs Dodgers Head-to-Head
The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers split their six games in the 2021 season after not playing during the 2020 campaign. Each team won the series on the opponent’s home field last season, taking two of the three games.
Prior to 2020, it had been a back-and-forth result of the season series, with Los Angeles winning 5-1 in 2019 after the Reds won six of seven matchups in 2018. The Dodgers’ fast start – and the Reds’ slow start – have the MLB lines giving Los Angeles a major edge in Saturday’s contest.
Reds vs Dodgers Game Information
- Game: Cincinnati Reds (2-6) at Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2)
- Location: Dodger Stadium
- Day/Time: Saturday, 10:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Reds vs Dodgers Betting Lines
Reds vs Dodgers Prediction
Don’t overthink this one. The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing great and at home, and Urias is bound to bounce back after a rough first outing. The Cincinnati Reds don’t have the offense to compete in this one, which is going to lead to yet another Dodgers victory.
When doing your MLB betting, take Los Angeles to get the win at home.