Cincinnati Reds vs LA Dodgers Prediction MLB Picks 5/18/24

LA Dodgers (29-17) vs Cincinnati Reds (19-25)

Game Info: Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 9:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

Walker Buehler (0-1) (7.36) vs Graham Ashcraft (3-2) (4.12)

Betting Odds: LA Dodgers -225 / Cincinnati Reds +202 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet Saturday in MLB action from Dodger Stadium. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Cincinnati Reds will start Graham Ashcraft here and Ashcraft is 3-2 with a 4.12 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ashcraft is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 3 strikeouts against the Dodgers. The Dodgers will start Walker Buehler here is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his last five starts against the Reds, Buehler is 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA and 34 strikeouts.

Cincinnati Reds Recap

The Cincinnati Reds will be looking to rebound after letting one slip away on Friday after a 7-3 loss in game two of the series, evening the set up at one win apiece. The Cincinnati Reds would’ve loved the win to try to secure at least a series split after their run of series losses, which includes series losses to the Diamondbacks and Giants over the last week and a half.

Reds Inconsistent At The Dish

Going into Friday, Elly De La Cruz leads the Reds with 43 hits, 9 home runs and 22 RBIs with 30 stolen bases along with a .277 batting average as well. Spencer Steer has a team-high 29 RBIs with 10 doubles and 11 stolen bases while Will Benson also has 10 doubles with 8 stolen bases but leads the Reds with 64 strikeouts so far this season. Jeimer Candelario also has a team-leading 11 doubles as well this season for Cincinnati.

Why the Cincinnati Reds will win

  • The Reds have won each of their last three games as underdogs against the Dodgers following a road loss.
  • The Dodgers have lost each of their last three games as favorites against NL Central opponents following a win.
  • The Reds have covered the run line in each of their last 13 Saturday games as road underdogs.
  • The Dodgers have failed to cover the run line in four of their last five games as favorites against NL Central opponents following a win.
  • The Dodgers have trailed after 5 innings in four of their last six games as favorites against NL Central opponents.
  • The Dodgers have trailed after 3 innings in four of their last six games as favorites against NL Central opponents.

Los Angeles Dodgers Recap

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to keep the ball rolling after their triumph in Friday’s matchup to build on their series win over the Giants from earlier in the week.

Dodgers Still Rolling Offensively

Shohei Ohtani leads the Dodgers with 63 hits including a team-high 12 home runs, 16 doubles and 30 RBIs with a .360 batting average while Mookie Betts has 62 hits with 11 doubles, 3 triples, 7 homers and 28 RBIs of his own. Teoscar Hernandez also has 11 home runs with 36 RBIs and a team-high 60 strikeouts. Betts also has 8 stolen bases while Ohtani has a team-high 10 stolen bases.

Why the Los Angeles Dodgers will win

  • The Dodgers have won each of their last seven night games at Dodger Stadium following a win.
  • The Reds have lost 13 of their last 16 games.
  • The Dodgers have covered the run line in seven of their last eight home games after playing the previous day.
  • The Reds have failed to cover the run line in four of their last five games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The Reds have lost the first inning in each of their last six Saturday road games against National League opponents.

Reds vs. Dodgers Prediction

I’m on the Dodgers -1.5 here. I’ll give the Reds credit for bouncing back and getting on track in the opener, but they regressed back to old habits in game two on Saturday and just make it extremely hard to get back on the right side with them consistently. Graham Ashcraft normally pitches better on the road, but I think this is going to be a tough matchup for him in this one as the Dodgers still boast an extremely potent lineup that can hurt you in a bunch of different ways. All in all I think the Dodgers get it done rather easily here. Give me Los Angeles -1.5.

Chris’s Pick Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5

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