Cincinnati vs Los Angeles MLB Betting Preview
The teams that make the playoffs in the MLB are usually those that can strike a balance by winning at home and on the road. Great teams dominate at home, and find ways to win more than their fair share on the road. The LA Dodgers may have the division lead right now, but they are doing it based solely on their home performances. They will be looking to continue that when they finish up a 4-game MLB betting series against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday afternoon.
Cincinnati Reds vs Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Betting Preview
Date: Sunday, August 16, 2015
Venue: Dodger Stadium
The Dodgers (64-51) have an impressive 39-20 record at Dodger Stadium this year, but they have not been able to get things going on the road. They are currently 6 games under .500 right now, and that is a big part of the reason why they have not been able to open up a bigger lead on the Giants in the NL West.
The Dodgers are not in a very rich vein of form at the moment. They were swept by the Pirates, and while they managed to rebound by winning 2 of 3 against Washington, they reverted back to form by dropping the first game of this series on Thursday. The wins that they are picking up come when either Greinke or Kershaw are on the mound, which means they really need to find ways to win when the rest of their starting rotation is called upon. It will be that man Zack Greinke (12-2, 1.59 ERA) who will get the start in this one.
The Cincinnati Reds (51-62) are going through a pretty tough part of their schedule, and the results have been pretty much as expected, as they have gone a combined 7-9 over their past 5 series. While that is not anything to crow about, it’s worth noting that they were playing some of the best teams in baseball during that stretch. That they were able to stay somewhat competitive against the likes of St. Louis and Pittsburgh is a sign that this team may not be as far away from being good as their record suggests. The Reds have been struggling on offense all season long, but the bats certainly woke up over the last 2 games, as they drove home 17 runs that helped them win back to back games. Anthony DeSclafani (7-7, 3.75 ERA) will be on the mound for the Reds on Sunday.
Key Betting Trends
Cincinnati is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Cincinnati’s last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cincinnati’s last 10 games on the road
Cincinnati is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Cincinnati’s last 14 games when playing LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Dodgers’s last 8 games
LA Dodgers is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
LA Dodgers is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of LA Dodgers’s last 14 games when playing Cincinnati
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
I could go into all kinds of different stats and trends in order to choose a winner in this one, but all that really needs to be said is that Zack Greinke is starting for the Dodgers. That almost always means a win.