- The Los Angeles Dodgers are -234 favorites in their series finale with the Cincinnati Reds
- Clayton Kershaw gets the call for LA, while Graham Ashcraft starts for the Reds
- Don’t miss the latest Dodgers vs Reds odds, picks and starting pitchers below
After dropping the first two games of their three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds (29-33, 17-17 home), the LA Dodgers (35-24, 15-17 away) turn to their ace to avoid a sweep.
Will Benson’s 2-run walk-off homer delivered the Reds an 8-6 win, giving them their third straight W, while sending LA to their fifth loss in their last six.
Still, oddsmakers are siding with the Dodgers in the finale, listing them as -234 favorite in the MLB odds, an expected win probability of 70.06%.
Dodgers vs Reds Odds
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-234||-1.5 (-139)||O 10 (-117)|
|Cincinnati Reds||+165||+1.5 (+102)||U 10 (-117)|
The Dodgers vs Reds odds also have the Dodgers as 1.5-run favorites, in a game that features a total of 10 runs.
This all-NL matchup kicks off the Wednesday (June 8) slate, with first pitch slated for 12:35pm ET from the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH. You can watch the game live on MLB Network.
Weather is calling for 71 degrees and sunny skies, with 33% humidity, with no rain expected in the forecast.
Los Angeles vs Cincinnati Probable Pitchers
After two straight losses followed by a pair of no-decisions, Clayton Kershaw got back into the win column last time out, when the Dodgers hammered the New York Yankees 8-4.
Kershaw went seven strong, giving up just two four hits and two earned runs, while striking out nine and walking one. It’s the fourth time Kershaw has fanned nine, though he’s yet to hit double-digit punchouts in 2023.
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 3, 2023
It’s just the second time in six starts the lefty has been able to go deeper than five innings.
One other notable stat: Kershaw surrendered two solo home runs to the Yankees in the win, allowing his ninth and 10th homers on the season, after just 12 starts and less than 70 innings.
That’s already matched his total from 2022, when he started 23 times and pitched 126.1 innings.
Kershaw vs Ashcraft Stats
It’s been a rough go of late for Reds’ righty Graham Ashcraft.
He was lit on fire in a 10-8 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in his last start. He lasted just four innings, surrendering 10 earned runs on nine hits, including two dingers (including a grand slam), while walking four and striking out just two.
Blake Perkins' first Big League home run is a grand one. 😳 pic.twitter.com/5B88dDtZKw
— MLB (@MLB) June 3, 2023
Prior to that, he got the win as the Reds dusted the Cubs 8-5. Ashcraft pitched five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, while walking three with six k’s.
That’s been the only bright spot, as Ashcraft has lost three of his four starts. He was on the wrong end of an 8-5 loss to St Louis, and an 11-6 loss to the Rockies. In both starts, he surrendered 10 hits and seven earned runs.
Dodgers vs Reds Predictions
Los Angeles is in a battle at the top of the NL West, running neck-and-neck with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Reds, meanwhile, are looking up at the Pirates and Brewers in the Central.
Ashcraft is going to have quite a time facing the Dodgers for the first time in his career. Los Angeles boasts three hitters inside the top 10 in OPS — Freddie Freeman (4th), JD Martinez (6th) and Mookie Betts (T-9th).
Los Angeles is third in runs scored, and they’re tied with the Tampa Bay Rays with 106 home runs on the season, tops in the bigs.
Dodgers vs Reds 2023 H2H Results
|Date||Away Team||Home Team||Result|
|June 7||Dodgers||Reds||CIN, 8-6|
|June 6||Dodgers||Reds||CIN, 9-8|
Cincy is no slouch on offense, ranking just outside the top 10 in runs scored at 4.64 per game (12th), though they are tied for the 5th-fewest home runs on the season (52).
Kershaw faced the Reds once last year, winning 10-5. He went six innings, giving up seven hits and one earned run, striking out seven and walking one.
For his career, Kershaw is 6-2 with an ERA of 2.25, with 107 strikeouts in 14 appearances against the Reds in his career.
The Dodgers have dominated this matchup lately, running a 5-1 mark in their last six meetings at Great American Ball Park. Look for them to salvage one in this series Thursday.
Pick: Dodgers ML (-234)
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