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The Cincinnati Reds travel to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers. Jason Radowitz is here to break down the game and gives his pick.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds Prediction: Are the Dodgers Starting To Get Hot?

The Los Angeles Dodgers are now 3-2 on the season and are starting to get hot. If you're the Reds, you're probably not excited about this road trip, having to head to Dodger Stadium for the weekend. The Reds are just 2-4 on the season and have a depleted team in comparison to last year's team. There are no expectations for the Reds this season but plenty of high expectations for the Dodgers.

Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Thursday's game between the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Dodgers vs. Reds Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: April 14, 2022
  • Game Time: 10:10 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: SNLA/BSOH

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Dodgers vs Reds Injury Report


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Questionable: Tommy Pham (Hand)

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds Prediction

Don't get confused. The Cincinnati Reds might be starting Luis Cessa but the Reds will actually just open with Cessa and pitch Reiver Sanmartin for the bulk of this game. Sanmartin opened up the season allowing five runs on four hits against the Braves on Friday. He struck out just two batters and walked five using just 58 pitches. Last season, Sanmartin had a 4.41 xFIP but actually limited walks and had high strikeouts. It's hard to tell if nerves got the best of him or whatnot. But that could be one of the reasons why the Reds are going with an opener here. The Dodgers have smacked lefties and it likely won't be any different against the lefty Sanmartin. The Dodgers had a .191 ISO and wOBA of .329 against lefties last season with power coming from Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Justin Turner, Max Muncy, and Chris Taylor. Each one of those guys had massive ISO power numbers to go along with high wOBA numbers against lefties last season.

On the other hand, Walker Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers. He's the exact opposite of Sanmartin and is as reliable as it gets. Buehler had a 3.92 xFIP last season with 25% strikeouts and 6.5% walks. He limited power, limited on-base averages, and struck out plenty. At times, Buehler might fall behind on lefty batters and walk some but ultimately, he's been one of the best pitchers in baseball recently. The Reds have a solid lineup against righties but the middle of the order is a bit weak after Joey Votto. Tyler Stephenson, Nick Senzel, and Kyle Farmer all have very low ISO numbers and Mike Moustakas has a low wOBA along with them. That weak lineup in the bottom half is just an opportunity for Buehler to escape any kind of jam he might get into. But still, the top of the Reds lineup can do damage and I'm not willing to bet against that. Therefore, I'll ride the Dodgers Over 2.5 on the team total in the first five innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds Pick

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Article Author


Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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