The Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2) improved to 4-1 SU in their last five games against the Cincinnati Reds (2-5) with their 9-3 win over the Reds on Thursday night. The Dodgers will look to keep things rolling in this four-game series with another victory as a Reds vs Dodgers prediction at home on Friday night.
Reds vs Dodgers Odds & Analysis
The Dodgers opened as -270 home favorites before betting action on Cincinnati as the preferred Reds vs Dodgers prediction brought the line down to Los Angeles -235. The Reds are sitting at +215 to pull off the upset while the total is down to nine runs after opening at 10 runs. The OVER is 4-1 in Los Angeles’s last five home games against Cincinnati.
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Vladimir Gutierrez pitched 4.1 innings and allowed six hits and two earned runs in a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves last Saturday. The 26-year-old went 9-6 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 22 starts as a rookie last season.
Tony Gonsolin allowed one earned run in three innings pitched last Saturday night in a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Gonsolin compiled a 2-1 record with a 2.70 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched at Dodger Stadium in 2021.
Cincinnati Hoping To Improve On The Road
The Reds are fell to 2-3 on the road this season with their 9-3 loss against the Dodgers. Cincinnati split a four-game series on the road against Atlanta to open the 2022 season before losing back-to-back games to the Cleveland Indians at home.
The pitching staff and bullpen have surrendered 8.67 runs per game over Cincinnati’s current 0-3 losing streak. The Reds finished last season with a 2-8 SU slump on the road, a losing trend that bettors taking Cincinnati as a Reds vs Dodgers prediction upset pick on Friday would love to see come to an end.
Los Angeles’s Bats Have Heated Up
The Dodgers got off to a slow start this season with a 1-2 SU record against the Colorado Rockies as their talented offense averaged only 3.67 runs per game in that series. That offensive slump didn’t last long however as Los Angeles has scored seven runs or more in each of its last three games with two blowout wins over the Minnesota Twins and one over the Reds.
Los Angeles has also allowed only five runs during its current three-game winning streak, outscoring its opponents 23-5 over that stretch. Clayton Kershaw was controversially pulled from a perfect game in which he had pitched seven innings and struck out 13 batters on Wednesday.
Reds vs Dodgers Pick & Insights
Reds: Keys to Victory
Cincinnati has scored six runs in each of its two wins this season. With the Dodgers back in form on offense, the Reds aren’t likely to win this game by shutting Los Angeles down. They’ll need to keep up with a strong offensive performance of their own to be the winning Reds vs Dodgers prediction.
Dodgers: Keys to Victory
When the Dodgers are hitting and pitching to their potential, there isn’t much that many teams in Major League Baseball can do about it. Another game like the last three Los Angeles has played would be more than enough to grab another clear victory as a Reds vs Dodgers pick.
Odds Shark’s Computer Reds vs Dodgers Prediction: Dodgers -240
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