Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Cincinnati Reds (6/21/22) Starting Lineup, Betting Odds, Prediction

The Dodgers are the favorite to win the 2022 World Series title at +450, they last won the World Series in the COVID shortened season of 2020, their first title since 1988.  The Dodgers are 15 games over .500 at 40-25, first place in the National League West and at -190, they’ve won nine out of the last 10 National League West title.

The Cincinnati Reds finished third in the National League Central last season with a record of 83-79 and last made the playoffs in 2020.  Cincinnati is +100000 to win the 2022 World Series, they last won the title in 1990.  The Reds are 23-43, 20 games under .500, fifth place in the National League Central.  Cincinnati has .1% chance to make the playoffs in 2022. 

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Cincinnati Reds Betting Odds

The Dodgers are 44-20 in their last 64 during game one of a series.  Under is 34-15-2 in Los Angeles’ last 51 during game one of a series.  The Dodgers are 5-2 in their last seven road games vs. a right-handed starter.  Under is 4-1-1 in Los Angeles’ last six road games vs. a right-handed starter.

The Reds are 0-4 in their last 4 overall.  Cincinnati 3-9 in their last 12 games vs. a right-handed starter.  Over is 17-7-1 in the Reds last 25 home games vs. a right-handed starter.  Cincinnati is 5-2 in their last seven during game one of a series.  Under is 6-0-1 in the Reds last seven during game one of a series.

Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Lineup

SS T. Turner R
1B F. Freeman L
C W. Smith R
3B M. Muncy L
LF C. Taylor R
CF C. Bellinger L
DH J. Turner R
RF E. Alvarez S
2B G. Lux L

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Tyler Mahle (R)

This season, his first with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Freddie Freeman is hitting .291 with five home runs, 35 runs batted in with an .831 OPS.  He has 116 total bases, .457 slugging percentage and a .375 on-base percentage.  Trea Turner is batting .301 through 65 games this year.  The shortstop has 15 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 49 runs batted in and a .833 OPS.  Additionally, he has 123 total bases, 14 stolen bases and a .352 on-base percentage.  Last season, Justin Turner hit .278 with 27 big flies and 87 runs knocked in.  This year, Turner has 17 doubles, four home runs, 34 runs driven in, accumulated 76 total bases with a .620 OPS.  The veteran third baseman has scored 24 runs while slugging .365 in 2022. 

Chris Taylor, who’s been serving mostly as a designated hitter and left fielder, has hit six home runs, and driven in 25 runs this year.  He also has 92 total bases, an OPS of .769, and a .440 slugging percentage in this campaign.  Mookie Betts has smashed 17 home runs with 40 runs batted in and a team leading 131 total bases; he’s currently on the 10-day injured list.  Cody Bellinger has eight home runs, 24 runs batted in 88 total bases.  Additionally on the season, he has 13 doubles, two triples with a .673 OPS in 2020.

Tyler Mahle is 2-5 in 14 starts with an ERA of 4.46 this season.  In 74 2/3 innings pitched; he’s struck out 86 batters while allowing 37 runs with a WHIP of 1.246 this season.  Mahle has a career record of 28-26 with an ERA of 4.36 in 108 starts.

Cincinnati Reds Starting Lineup

2B J. India R
3B B. Drury R
LF T. Pham R
1B J. Votto L
SS K. Farmer R
CF N.  Senzel R
DH M. Moustakas L
RF A. Almora R
C A. Garcia R

Cincinnati Reds Vs. Tony Gonsolin (R)

In 129 games in 2021, Joey Votto smacked 36 homers, drove in 99 runs with a .563 slugging percentage and an OPS of .938.  The long-time Cincinnati star has a lifetime batting average of .299 with 2,062 hits, 336 home runs and 1,087 runs batted in.  This season, he’s struggling hitting .207 with five home runs, 22 runs batted in, 62 total bases and an OPS of .703

Shortstop Kyle Farmer is hitting .282 this season; his sixth year in the majors.  He leads the Reds in runs batted in with 38; additionally, he has 14 doubles, five home runs with a .768 OPS.  Brandon Drury leads Cincinnati in home runs with 14 and totals bases with 110 and OPS at .848 in 2022.  This season he’s also hitting .268 with 42 runs scored, 11 doubles, 35 runs batted in (tied for second on the team) and slugging .516.   

Tommy Pham was signed by the Reds in late March as a free agent has nine doubles, nine home runs, 26 runs batted in and five stolen bases on the year.  Additionally, he has 90 total bases with a .788 OPS on the in 2022.  Pham is a lifetime .258 hitter with 106 home runs and 326 runs driven in during his nine-year career.

Catcher Tyler Stephenson leads the Reds in hitting with a .305 batting average this campaign.  The 25-year-old backstop has eight doubles, five home runs, 31 runs batted in and an OPS of .829 in 2022 but is currently on the 10-day injured list. 

Tony Gonsolin has been one of the best pitchers in the National League this season with an 8-0 record in 12 starts with a 1.42 ERA.  In 63 1/3 innings, he’ struck out 60 hitters while allowing 10 runs in 2022.

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Cincinnati Reds Picks & Prediction

Los Angeles is averaging 5.07 runs per nine innings, third in Major League Baseball. They have a team batting average of .247, 12th in the league, and their OPS is .746, fourth in all of MLB.  The Dodgers’ pitching staff has allowed 3.30 runs per nine innings, second in the league with opponents’ batting .213 against the team, second in MLB.  Under is 7-1-1 in the Dodgers last nine road games.  Los Angeles is 53-23 in their last 76 vs. National League Central foes. 

The Reds are averaging 4.50 runs per nine innings, 15th overall in MLB.  They have a team batting average of .238, 17th in the league, and their OPS is .686, 21st overall in baseball.  Cincinnati’s pitching staff has allowed 5.51 runs per nine innings, 29th in MLB with opponents’ batting .248 against the club, 22nd in the league.  The Reds are 15-37 in their last 52 vs. National League West opponents.  Cincinnati is 0-6 in their last six home games vs. a right-handed starter.

Tony Gonsolin has been excellent for Los Angeles this season with a WHIP of .821 and an earned run average under 1.50; he’s +2200 to win the 2022 Cy Young Award and with the injury to Walker Buehler, who could be out two to three months, he’ll be even more important to the rotation.  The injury of star outfielder Mookie Betts opens the door for former NL MVP Clay Bellinger to step up and deliver the big hit for the Dodgers.  Cincinnati is one of the worst teams in baseball with limited offensive ability, catcher Tyler Stephenson who leads the team with a .305 average is on the 10-day injured list and leaves only Joey Votto, who’s struggling this season with his average/power numbers and Brandon Drury as offensive “threats” for the Reds.  Los Angeles wins this game by over 1.5 runs as the teams combine for under 9.5 on what is supposed to be a warm night in the Queen City.   

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