The Dodgers are considered the better team in MLB betting but the Reds are at home in this game. Here are some of the numbers to keep in mind for this game on Monday between Los Angeles and Cincinnati.
Baseball betting trends in this series point overwhelming to the Dodgers. They have won nine of the last ten games against Cincinnati. This is the first of a long nine-game road trip for the Dodgers and the first game of a six-game home stand for the Reds. Last season the Dodgers won six of the seven games against Cincinnati including two of three on the road. They won 3-2, 11-4 and lost 4-2. Two of those three games went under the total.
The Dodgers have won five of the last six games overall at Cincinnati.
Los Angeles is just 2-4 on the road this season vs. the baseball betting line. The Dodgers have really struggled with their pitching staff. Their ERA is well below average and that could be a problem all year for Los Angeles. The team simply does not have a superstar pitcher. It is questionable whether they even have a solid number one starter. They opened the season with Vincente Padilla as their top starter but he is not a number one at all. Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley have the ability but they have yet to prove they can handle the top spot in the rotation. The good news for the Dodgers is that the offense has been solid. In fact, they started the season in the Top 5 in the league in runs scored. They may need that offensive production to continue if the pitching continues to struggle.
Cincinnati is 3-3 at home so far this season. They lost two of three vs. St. Louis but took two of three from the Cubs in MLB betting. Early in the season the Reds have struggled to get quality pitching. Aaron Harang has been a disaster and many of the other starts have struggled as well. Only Bronson Arroyo has been solid. The lineup is capable of producing runs but they have struggled somewhat as well early in the season. To be around the .500 mark is about all Cincinnati can expect with their current numbers.