Bet on Dodgers Over Reds in Series Opener

Jeff Grant

Monday, June 9, 2014 1:15 PM GMT

Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 1:15 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the best road records in baseball, which will prove to be the difference against the Cincinnati Reds Monday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this National League affair.

Fallen into a pattern 
Los Angeles has alternated wins, and losses, over its last four games, as it looks to build off a 6-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies as -128 road favorites Sunday, while going 'under' the betting total for a fifth consecutive affair. The Dodgers have compiled a 20-12 record away from Dodger Stadium—tied with the San Francisco Giants for the best mark in the Majors in that situation. 

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 3-1 as road underdogs of +100 to +125, with each of those contests falling short of the number.

Treading water
Cincinnati is 3-3 on its current nine-game homestand, as it comes off a 4-1 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies as -163 home favorites Sunday, while going 'under' the betting total for the first time in five contests. The Reds will be led offensively by shortstop Zack Cosart, outfielder Ryan Ludwick, and second baseman, Brandon Phillips in this matchup, considering each have a pair of home runs in their careers versus Haren. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 31-30 in June, with the 'under' going 35-24-2 in that situation.

Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren (5-4, 3.50 ERA) has watched the club drop his last four trips to the mound, including a 4-1 home defeat to the Chicago White Sox last time out—surrendering four runs and six hits over six frames. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.72 ERA in six road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .293 against him. In seven lifetime outings versus the Reds, Haren has tallied a 3-3 record and 4.95 ERA.

Reds starting pitcher Tony Cingrani (2-6, 4.09 ERA) has been handed a loss in his last four appearances, including a 3-2 setback on the road to the San Francisco Giants last Wednesday. The left-hander is 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in five home starts, while he’s served up 10 home runs in 55 overall innings. Cingrani will look to get back on track versus a foe who he shut out for seven frames in his first career starts against on July 28 of last season.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Dodgers as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won seven of their last eight series openers.

 Free MLB Pick:  Los Angeles Dodgers 


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