Date/Time: September 8th, 8:05 PM ET
Probable Starters: Kershaw (Los Angeles) vs. Bailey (Cincinnati)
Moneyline: Dodgers -130
The Cincinnati Reds have made some huge strides over the course of the last few days, and taking the first two games against the Los Angeles Dodgers was as big of a step as there is. Now, they’ll go for the sweep on the MLB betting lines on Sunday Night Baseball against the man that is surely going to win the Cy Young Award.
The last time the Dodgers were swept in a series was back on May 17th-19th against the Atlanta Braves, and the last time they were beaten in four straight games was from May 1st through May 10th against a bevy of teams. That’s a pretty darn impressive mark in and of itself, but all of those problems will rear their ugly heads if the team doesn’t win on Sunday. Manager Don Mattingly though, has no worries, as he is throwing LHP Clayton Kershaw in this one. Kershaw is the beast of all beasts right now. Even after allowing five runs in five innings against the Colorado Rockies earlier this week, he still has a 1.89 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP for the season. Kershaw is only 14-8 thanks to his team’s lack of run support, but he eats innings like crazy with 209 already thrown, and he has 201 strikeouts against 47 walks in that time. The last time that he faced the Reds, Kershaw allowed just one run over eight innings of work, striking out eight men. That too, was the last time that he threw more than 107 pitches in a game, and you get the feeling that he is going to be doing just that again on Sunday.
Cincinnati picked a great time to start playing some big time baseball. The Reds have had an awesome week even if this game is lost, as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals three times in four games and have no procured the series win here against the Dodgers. Cincy is still two back in the loss column of both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, but barring a huge collapse, it has put away both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals in the chase for the Wild Card. If you look at the season numbers for RHP Homer Bailey, you have to be getting more and more impressed by the game. He has thrown 14.1 straight scoreless innings, allowing just seven hits and three walks in that span with 15 strikeouts. Bailey is only 10-10 on the season, but a 3.42 ERA and 181 strikeouts in 184.1 innings of work are both impressive marks. The question still remains whether he can really be the ace of a staff, but we have seen Bailey toss no-hitters in each of the last two seasons, proving that he can step into the limelight at any given time.
That said, this is still Kershaw on the bump, and we have a hard time believing that he is going to be beaten in this one. Bailey’s run has to end eventually, and when it does, it will probably come to a crashing half. Go with the Dodgers to solve the riddle of the Reds and at least salvage a game in this series.
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Cincinnati Reds Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -130
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