As the small favorites in the MLB betting odds, the Dodgers are available as low as -115 and as high as -120. That leaves the visiting Reds as approximately +110 underdogs at most of the sportsbooks we've looked at.
If you're wanting to make a total play, the O/U is currently trading at the miniscule number of six runs.
Cincinnati Reds (Cueto)
The Reds just lost two of three at home against the Cardinals in a series that's been indicative of their struggles so far this season.
Cincinnati is now 22-26 overall, putting them in third place in the NL Central behind Milwaukee and St. Louis. They'll come in having gone 4-6 over their last 10 overall, while posting a poor 10-14 record on the road.
One of the few bright spots for the Reds has been Johnny Cueto, who's been nothing short of spectacular all season long.
Cueto is 4-3 with a 1.86 ERA and 0.74 WHIP and has struck out 82 batters in 77 and 1/3 innings of work. He had gone at least seven innings in all of his starts until a setback in Washington six days ago – he was beat up for six hits and eight runs (six earned) and his ERA jumped from 1.25 as a result.
Cincinnati will come up against a left-handed starter tonight and they haven't had too much success in that department this year. They're batting .232 as a team against southpaws.
Los Angeles Dodgers (Ryu)
Having alternated wins and losses over their last five games, the Dodgers are trying to find some consistency to their play.
With the Giants flying high at 32-18 and the Rockies playing good ball too (27-23), Los Angeles finds themselves in a real fight in the NL West. Currently the Dodgers are 27-24, having gone 9-13 at home and a terrific 18-11 on the road.
Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the start for the home team tonight. The southpaw is enjoying another fine campaign – he's 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.29 WHIP so far.
However, essentially all of Ryu's success has come on the road, where he's 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA in five starts. At home it's been a different story, with the 27-year old allowing 26 hits and 13 earned runs in 13 innings.
Still, Ryu is a savvy pitcher who should be able to more than hold his own against a Cincinnati team that's not nearly firing on all cylinders at the moment. For the record, Ryu went 7-4 with a 2.32 ERA in 15 appearances at Dodger Stadium in 2013, so we expect him to right the ship sooner rather than later.
We're recommending that readers add the Dodgers to their sports picks for Monday.
For one, the Reds may have the slight advantage in the pitching department with Cueto, but Ryu has hardly been a slouch. Then you factor in the Dodgers and their vastly superior offense, as well as the home-field advantage, and we like Los Angeles a lot in this spot.
Cincinnati has struggled to put up runs and that's been even more true against lefties. Let's back Ryu and the Dodgers to get the win as favorites.
MLB Pick: Dodgers -115