Game Time: 2:10 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021
Venue: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH
Where to Watch: BSOH
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Moneyline odds: Dodgers -190, Reds +160; Over/Under: 7.5 runs
Bet365: Moneyline odds: NL; Over/Under NL runs
BetMGM: Moneyline odds: NL; Over/Under NL runs
Los Angeles Dodgers: 94-53 (2nd place, NL West)
Cincinnati Reds: 76-71 (3rd place, NL Central)
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Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds Preview and Analysis
Los Angeles Dodgers: 8-2 last 10
Cincinnati Reds: 3-7 last 10
Los Angeles Dodgers Analysis
The Dodgers are coming into this game on a 6 game winning streak. This is the 2nd game of a three-game series against the Reds with the series opener being on Friday, that result is still pending. The Dodgers have been on a roll as they swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in their last series and swept the San Diego Padres in the series prior to that one. Walker Buehler will be getting the nod for Friday's game while Max Scherzer will be the starting pitcher on the mound in this game on Saturday. Scherzer is 14-4 with a 2.17 ERA this season. The Dodgers have won their last 8 games with him starting on the bump, that is every single game he has played for them since coming over from the Washington Nationals. He has 10 straight wins himself and his team has won the last 10 games when he was the starter. In his last start, he allowed 0 ER and 0 BB with 9 Ks on 1 hit through 8 IP against the Padres last Sunday. He has faced this Cincinnati lineup once this year and he allowed 2 runs in that game as he was credited with the loss. The Dodgers offense has scored 18 runs in their last 3 games averaging 6 runs scored per game in that span. They have also allowed their opponents to score 8 runs against them in that same span allowing just under 3 runs per game.
Cincinnati Reds Analysis
The Reds are coming into this game after winning their last game against the Pirates 1-0. Their Friday result is still pending but they have lost 4 of their last 5 games. They lost their last series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and lost the series prior to that one against the St. Louis Cardinals. Luis Castillo will be the starter for Friday's game while Sonny Gray will be throwing the first pitch for the Reds in this game on Saturday. He is 7-7 with a 3.80 ERA this season. The Reds have lost their last 2 games with him starting and he was credited with the loss in his last time out. In his last start, he allowed 2 ER, 1 of them being a HR, and 1 BB with 6 strikeouts on 3 hits through 7 innings of work against the St. Louis Cardinals last Sunday. He has faced the Dodgers lineup once this season back in April and was credited with the loss as he allowed 2 runs in that game. The Reds offense has scored 10 runs in their last 3 games averaging a little over 3 runs scored per game in that span. They have also allowed their opponents to score 11 runs against them in that same span allowing a little under 4 runs per game.
Dodgers vs Reds Prediction
These last few games as the season winds down are very important to the Reds as they sit just 1 game out of a wildcard position right now. The Dodgers will not be taking their foot off the pedal either though as they still have something to play for despite clinching a spot already. The Dodgers are the only team that can still catch the National League West's division leading San Francisco Giants and finish in 1st place of the division. The Dodgers have been playing very well on this winning streak while the Reds have struggled in their last few. Scherzer has been almost untouchable in his last few starts as well. The best bet to place in this game would be on the Dodgers to win as they will take this game.
Dodgers Reds Prediction: Our MLB Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (2:10 pm ET start time) is Dodgers 8 Reds 4.
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MLB Betting Trends
Los Angeles Dodgers: 94-50 (+9.2 units) on the money line as a favorite of -110 or higher. 21-5 (+10.1 units) on the money line when the total is 9 to 9.5.
Cincinnati Reds: 76-71 (-3.3 units) on the money line in all games. 10-20 (-11.5 units) on the money line against NL West opponents.
Los Angeles Dodgers: G. Lux (SS) Out Fri - Forearm injury. C. Taylor (LF) Out Fri - Neck injury. M. Muncy (1B) Prob Fri - Knee injury.
Cincinnati Reds: S. Akiyama (LF) Out Fri - Hamstring injury. T. Naquin (CF) Out indefinitely - Ribs injury. J. Winker (RF) Prob Fri - Back injury.
Players to Watch
Los Angeles Dodgers: Max Muncy is one player to watch here. He leads his team in home runs and in RBI. The Dodgers are still looking to catch the Giants for the division so look for him to make some big hits in this game.
Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in home runs and in RBI. His team is just out of a wildcard spot so look for him to step up in this game and bring in some runs.
"The main thing is we're playing really good baseball overall. We just got to keep going." - Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts on the way his team is playing right now.
"We're all in it together. It's all of us. We continue to do our job, compete, prepare, continue to just fight through it. It's an honor to be able to do that. We're still playing extremely important games. That's fun. We have to just continue to work and continue to play. It'll turn around." - David Bell after a bad series against the Pirates.
Los Angeles Dodgers
M. Betts RF
M. Muncy 1B
T. Turner 2B
C. Seager SS
J. Turner 3B
W. Smith C
C. Bellinger CF
G. Lux LF
J. Urias P
J. India 2B
M. Schrock LF
N. Castellanos RF
J. Votto 1B
M. Moustakas 3B
K. Farmer SS
T. Barnhart C
S. Akiyama CF
V. Gutierrez P
Los Angeles Dodgers
Batting Average: T. Turner (.317)
Hits: T. Turner (169)
Home Runs: M. Muncy (34)
RBI: M. Muncy (86)
Stolen Bases: T. Turner (29)
Wins: J. Urias (18)
Saves: K. Jansen (33)
ERA: J. Nelson (1.86)
Batting Average: M. Schrock (.329)
Hits: N. Castellanos (149)
Home Runs: J. Votto (30)
RBI: J. Votto (88)
Stolen Bases: J. India (10)
Wins: W. Miley (12)
Saves: M. Givens (8)
ERA: T. Antone (1.87)
Los Angeles Dodgers: Dave Roberts (6th season)
Cincinnati Reds: David Bell (3rd season)
83 degrees F mostly sunny, 66% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 5 mph wind speeds SW.