It’s amazing how often a pair of teams challenging for the same division title will either get hot or cold at the same time. In the case of a cold streak, it’s the team that is out in front who gets to breathe the sigh of relief. That must be how the LA Dodgers are feeling right now, as their cold streak comes at the same time as the struggles being seen in San Francisco. The Dodgers will try to get back on track in their MLB betting lines when they welcome in the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday to begin a 4-game series.
Cincinnati vs Los Angeles: MLB Betting Odds & Game InfoDate/Time: Wednesday August 13, 8.10pmVenue: Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, CaliforniaTV: MLBN, FS-ORadio: 570 LA SportsOpening Line: Cincinnati +170, LA Dodgers -180The Dodgers (63-50) finally got back to winning ways on Tuesday night when they knocked of the Washington Nationals 5-0. Not only did that end a 4-game losing streak, it was a defensive performance that was very much needed. The Dodgers have been getting great pitching all season long, but that was not the case during that skid, as they gave up 32 runs in those 4 games. You always got the feeling that those performances were more of an aberration than an impending trend, especially with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke still in the line-up. The Dodgers will want to put in a solid performance in this series as they will have to hit the road for 8 games after this one. They have not been very good away from the cozy confines of Dodger Stadium this season. Mat Latos (4-8, 4.67 ERA) will make his third start for the Dodgers since coming over from Miami.If the Dodgers are looking for an opponent to help them get out of their slump, they may very well have hand-picked the Cincinnati Reds (49-62). The Reds are in the middle of a 10-game road trip, and are just 1-4 through the first 5 games. It’s tough to say we didn’t see that coming, as their 21-36 road record this season is a sure sign of a team that doesn’t really care for life away from home. It’s also not surprising since they dealt away some of their best players, including Johnny Cueto, at the trade deadline. This is a team with an eye on the future, which is something that rarely bodes well for the present. Keyvius Sampson (1-1, 3.00 ERA) will be looking to build on his solid last outing when he takes to the mound for the Reds on Thursday.
Key Betting Trends
- LA Dodgers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Dodgers last 5 games
- LA Dodgers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers last 5 games at home
- Cincinnati is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games
- Cincinnati is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games on the road