Dodgers Will Cruise Over Reds in Wood's Return

Alex Wood

Jake Walker

Friday, June 9, 2017 11:02 PM GMT

Friday, Jun. 9, 2017 11:02 PM GMT

Alex Wood returns as the Dodgers continue their three-game series with the Reds on Saturday. The Dodgers are at -230 on the MLB odds board, the Reds are at +210 and the total has been set at 8.

Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds swept a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals to move just two games behind the Brewers in the National League Central. The Reds currently rank 6th in the majors with 304 runs scored, 7th with a .264 batting average and 6th with 86 home runs. 

Cincinnati is 27th in the majors with a 4.75 ERA, 22nd with a 1.37 WHIP and 26th with 22 quality starts, so there's room for improvement when it comes to their pitching.

Scott Schebler leads the team with 17 home runs to go along with 31 RBI, Joey Votto has 16 home runs and a team-best 48 RBI and Zack Cozart is hitting .347 with nine home runs, 33 RBI and a .430 on-base percentage (OBP).

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers recently snapped a three-game losing to move 2.5 games behind the Rockies in the National League West standings. As of this writing, the Dodgers rank 8th in the majors with 288 runs scored, 17th with a .247 batting average and 21st with 66 home runs. Los Angeles leads the majors with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP but they're 17th with 25 quality starts.

Cody Bellinger leads the team with 12 home runs and 31 RBI, Yasiel Puig has nine home runs and 31 RBI and Corey Seager has eight home runs, 25 RBI and a .379 on-base percentage (OBP). 

 

Pitching Matchup
Asher Wojciechowski (1-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. Alex Wood (6-0, 1.69 ERA)

Asher Wojciechowski will make his fifth appearance (third start) for the Reds. The right-hander was dominant against the Cardinals on Monday, when he allowed just two earned runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings of a 4-2 win but he has a 10.38 in two road appearances (one start) this season. 

This will be Alex Wood's first start since returning from the 10-day disabled list (inflammation of the SC joint in his shoulder). Wood improved to 6-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP after throwing 5 scoreless innings against the Cubs on May 26 to win his fifth straight start and improve to 5-0 with a 1.30 ERA in six home games (four starts) this season.  

 

Betting Trends 

The Reds are 10-15 in road games, 3-8 against left-handers and 5-7 as a road underdog of +125 to +225. 

The Dodgers are 22-10 in home games, 12-3 as a home favorite of -175 to -250, 5-0 in Alex Wood's last five starts  and 13-8 when playing against a team with a losing record. 

 

Final Analysis 

Wood is easily the second best pitcher on the Dodgers behind Clayton Kershaw and he has been a money maker for me this season on several occasions, so I will continue to back him with my MLB picks at -230 MLB odds will full confidence.

Free MLB Pick: Dodgers -230
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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