Los Angeles Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds 5/19/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds, 5/19/19 1:10 PM ET Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio, TV: Cincinnati (FS-O), Los Angeles (SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish) Radio: Cincinnati (WLW 700, Reds Radio Network), Los Angeles (AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020, Radio Korea 1540)

Matchup Preview

With the series tied at 1-1, the Reds and Dodgers are set to play for the win today at 1:10 PM ET. Both teams have had their blowout win so far in this series (Dodgers 6-0 in the first game, Reds 4-0 in yesterday’s game), so it will be interesting to see how things pan out today.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, the big left-hander who wears #99, suits up for the Dodgers. Boasting a 1.72 ERA on the season, he sits at 5-1 going into today’s matchup. He’s coming off two gems — a shutout against the Braves and a near no-hitter against the Nationals last Sunday.

Tanner Roark, the former Nationals right-hander, takes the mound for the Reds. A 3-2 start to the year with a 3.54 ERA is so far an improvement from his last two seasons (ending with a 4.67 and 4.34 ERA, respectively).

Dodgers Starting Lineup

1. J. Pederson , LF
2. M. Muncy , 1B
3. J. Turner , 3B
4. C. Bellinger , RF
5. C. Seager , SS
6. A. Verdugo , CF
7. K. Hernandez , 2B
8. A. Barnes , C
9. H. Ryu , SP

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Dodgers Analysis

The big story coming out of Los Angeles is of course Cody Bellinger. Through 45 games, he’s hitting .409 with 16 home runs. The last time Bellinger started a game and didn’t reach base safely was Game 4 of the 2018 World Series. Even though his two hits last night weren’t enough to help the Dodgers secure a victory, his .446 average against right-handed pitchers will certainly play a role in today’s game.

It’s easy for a star like Bellinger to overshadow the rest of his team, but we can’t forget about Turner, Freese, and Muncy who all have an OBP of above .350 on the year. Muncy is hitting .333 off Roark going into tonight’s game. Even though they’ve both had a productive year thus far, Turner and Freese haven’t recorded a hit off of Roark in their careers, albeit in 5 at bats and 1, respectively.

Despite what you may be accustomed to, Ryu has held right-handed batters to a lower average on the season (.183) than lefties (.203). The Reds’ right-handed leaning lineup may not phase the Dodgers ace as much as they hope. Ryu will certainly be cautious pitching to Votto, who’s recorded 4 hits off the lefty in just 8 at bats.

Reds Starting Lineup

1. N. Senzel , CF
2. J. Votto , 1B
3. E. Suarez , 3B
4. Y. Puig , RF
5. J. Iglesias , SS
6. K. Farmer , 2B
7. C. Casali , C
8. T. Roark , SP
9. J. Peraza , LF

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Reds Analysis

Try as you might, you can’t count the Reds out. Even though they’re 6.5 games back and last in the NL Central, they took a 4-0 victory last night against the team with the third best record in all of baseball. Trying my hardest not to make too big a deal out of nothing, there may just be a reality where later in the season the Reds are in contention in the Central.

When it comes to matching up against Ryu, the Reds have 3 hitters in today’s lineup that are all hitting above .370 against the left-hander (Peraza, Suarez, and Votto). On top of that, Puig and Iglesias each recorded two hits in last night’s game, a trend the Reds would love to see continue.

Today’s game being played during the day-time makes a big difference for Roark. On the season, he has a 2.45 ERA during day games as opposed to 3.82 at night. The Dodgers will put out 5 lefties in today’s lineup, which is historically detrimental for Roark who has allowed a .437 OBP against left-handed hitters (.284 vs. righties).

Dodgers vs Reds Betting Odds

The line is currently set at Dodgers -122 Reds +122. As much as I want to be the hero who tells you to bet Reds, I just don’t see it happening. Despite last night’s loss, the Dodgers have been too hot to allow 2 in a row to Cincinnati.

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After suffering a career ending injury as a high school freshman B-team quarterback, Emmett has completely devoted himself to sports fandom. A Chicago (suburb) native, he is loyal to all his teams. He is currently a junior at Chapman University in Southern California and thoroughly enjoys Microsoft Excel.

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