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Dodgers open up series in Cincinnati

Righthander Mike Leake will take the mound for the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night as they open up a three-game MLB betting series at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Leake sits at 11-6 with a 3.51 ERA on the season, and he was knocked around for six runs on eight hits over 4 1-3 innings of work in his last start against the Rockies. The Reds only have two wins over Leake's last seven trips to the mound.

Chris Capuano gets the ball for the Dodgers in this game; Capuano is 4-7 on the year and has a 4.53 ERA.

View LA Dodgers vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Cincinnati was a -138 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at SportBet, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 8.5.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Reds, most recently No. 4 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Dodgers, who rate a National League No. 2 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Dodgers rank No. 4 in the National League at 9.1 hits per game. That compares with Cincinnati’s No. 8 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Cincinnati has the National League's No. 4-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Dodgers own the National League's No. 3 mark in runs allowed.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 7-5 result against the Rockies on September 4. Bettors who backed the Rockies at -138 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (12) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Dodgers endured a 7-5 loss at the hands of the Rockies on Wednesday, with Edinson Volquez throwing 4 innings of 6-hit ball at Coors Field.

The Reds were a 6-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at -152 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors. Cincinnati looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Cardinals, a 6-2 final on Thursday in support of Tony Cingrani at Great American Ball Park.

Los Angeles Dodgers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After playing Colorado are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing LA Dodgers are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

A few Dodgers at Reds trends to consider:
LA Dodgers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
LA Dodgers are 21-4 SU in their last 25 games on the road
LA Dodgers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
LA Dodgers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 9 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 8 games
Cincinnati is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home
Cincinnati is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
LA Dodgers at Cincinnati, Saturday, September 7