- The Dodgers and Reds wrap up a three-game set on Sunday afternoon
- Each team has won a game apiece so far
- Find the odds, analysis, and prediction below
Following a dominant performance from ace Max Scherzer on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers (95-54, 43-31 away) will finish up their series with the Cincinnati Reds (77-72, 39-34 home) on Sunday afternoon at the Great American Ball Park. The first pitch is set for 1:05pm ET. Scherzer tossed seven innings of scoreless baseball in Game 2, while on the offensive end, Trea Turner and Justin Turner both had two hits apiece.
In the finale, it will be the battle of lefties, with Clayton Kershaw getting the ball for the visitors, while the Reds counter with their ace, Wade Miley.
Dodgers vs Reds Odds
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-190||-1.5 (-120)||Ov 8.5 (-115)|
|Cincinnati Reds||+160||+1.5 (+100)||Un 8.5 (-105)|
Odds as of September 18th at DraftKings.
Kershaw makes just his second start since returning from the IL, where he was sidelined with a forearm injury. The Dodgers were obviously cautious with him last Monday, letting him go only 4.1 innings against the Diamondbacks. He did well though, allowing just four hits and one run while striking out five batters. He’s getting an extra day’s rest before this outing, which should help the southpaw come out very fresh.
Clayton Kershaw, Cooperstown Curveballs. 👑 pic.twitter.com/bXU5DwiVRG
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 14, 2021
When available, the veteran has been effective this season, going 9-7 with a 3.33 ERA. Kershaw has been his usual self when it comes to putting away hitters, racking up 132 K’s in 110.2 innings, and allowing a mere 20 walks. He’s already faced the Reds earlier in the year, tossing seven scoreless while striking out eight. In fact, in his career, the 33-year-old has a 2.33 ERA vs. Cincinnati in 12 starts.
Kershaw vs Miley
Miley has been an absolute workhorse for the Reds in 2021, making 27 starts and throwing 160 innings, and even threw a no-hitter in May. His 3.09 ERA is the best on the Cincy rotation, but he is coming off a few rough outings. The lefty was touched up for 10 hits and five earned by the Pirates on Tuesday, lasting just 4.1 innings. In his last three appearances, Miley has surrendered a combined 11 earned runs. On a positive note though, the 34-year-old pitches a lot better at home, sporting a 2.87 ERA at the Great American Ball Park this season.
— MLB (@MLB) May 8, 2021
The Dodgers are an extremely tough lineup to pitch against because of the numerous impact bats they have scattered from top to bottom, but Miley has enjoyed a respectable amount of success against them, compiling a 3.55 ERA in 15 career outings. With the Wild Card race heating up as numerous teams battle it out for that second spot behind LA, the Reds desperately need a good start from their ace here.
Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers
|Reds Hitters||Batting Average vs Kershaw||Dodgers Hitters||Batting Average vs Miley|
|Tucker Barnhart||.333||Austin Barnes||.250|
|Asdrubal Cabrera||.333||Cody Bellinger||.200|
|Nick Castellanos||.000||Mookie Betts||.500|
|Kyle Farmer||.000||Max Muncy||.200|
|Mike Moustakas||.000||Albert Pujols||.333|
|Tyler Stephenson||.000||Chris Taylor||.167|
|Eugenio Suarez||.167||Trea Turner||.667|
The Reds are still within reach of a Wild Card berth, but they’re not exactly helping their own case lately. Cincy has lost five of their last seven but thankfully, there are some winnable matchups after this Dodgers series. The Reds host the Pirates for a three-game set then the Nationals for a four-game series. Considering these are two of the worst teams in the National League, Cincinnati needs to step up and string together some victories.
A three-spot in the fifth! pic.twitter.com/KCNgcM4auX
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 18, 2021
The Dodgers are still desperately chasing the San Francisco Giants for the NL West crown, currently trailing them by 1.5 games. It’s wild to think that LA could end up being a Wild Card with a 95-54 record, but that’s the reality of the situation right now. Dave Roberts’ squad is playing phenomenal baseball, going 7-3 in their last 10. They won’t face the Giants again this season but will be hoping San Fran slips up at some point.
Dodgers vs Reds Prediction
Two top-notch arms on the hill is always a tough one to predict. However, the most obvious bet here is definitely going to be the under in runs. Although Kershaw won’t likely pitch more than five innings, the Dodgers’ bullpen is terrific. Miley is lights out on home soil as well and should be able to keep LA’s potent offense at bay.
Pick: Under 8.5 Runs (-105)