Monday night baseball and we will see the Cincinnati Reds travel west to take on the Los angeles Dodgers in game 1 of their 3 game series. The game is scheduled for a 10:10 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live on Fox Sports Ohio (Reds) and Prime Ticket (Dodgers). Currently the odds have Los Angeles favored at -105, while the Reds are dogs of +101. The total for the game sits at 7 runs.
Free Analysis: Cincinnati has a one-game lead over the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central. The Reds split four games with San Francisco to begin an 11-game West Coast trip and Sunday’s loss occurred when right fielder Jay Bruce misplayed a fly ball in the bottom of the ninth inning. "It's embarrassing," Bruce said. "It's a really, really tough way to lose. We battled back, worked our butts off to get back and then that happens. It's a tough one to swallow." Votto sat out Sunday's game - the first he's missed all season - with inflammation in his left knee, and it is uncertain if he'll be in the lineup Monday. Los Angeles would probably prefer if Votto, the major league leader with 33 doubles and a .471 on-base percentage, decided to take a few days off before returning. Homer bailey gets the call for the Reds tonight and he comes in having lost back-to-back starts after a stretch in which he won four of five decisions. He gave up four earned runs and seven hits in four innings while losing to the Milwaukee Brewers in his last outing. Bailey is 4-2 with a 3.09 ERA in seven road starts. He is 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA in four career starts against Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Dodgers enter their series with the Cincinnati Reds coming off their most encouraging win in weeks. Granted, they haven't had many from which to choose. After managing five total runs during a season-high seven-game losing streak, Los Angeles' offense erupted in Sunday night's 8-3 win over the New York Mets. James Loney drove in two runs after totaling one RBI in his previous 14 games for the Dodgers (44-36), who parlayed three New York errors into six unearned runs. "It was a great game for us, to bust out of our losing streak like that," winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw said. "We needed to score some runs, and we took advantage of their mistakes. We went through a rough patch, and hopefully tonight kind of broke us out of it." The Dodgers won for just the second time in 13 games to stay within one game of NL West-leading San Francisco. on the hill for LA will be Chad Billingsley. Billingsley has posted a 6.88 ERA while losing his last three outings, after recording a 1.29 ERA to win his first two June starts. He hasn't lost four consecutive starts since April 2008. The right-hander had some trouble against Cincinnati a year ago, splitting two starts while giving up 11 runs, 17 hits and seven walks in nine innings. The Dodgers went 2-4 against the Reds last season and have lost the last four games between these clubs at Chavez Ravine.
Free Pick: Last night the Dodgers finally put up some runs as they scored 8 vs the Mets on 7 hits. They were aided by 3 Met errors, but their bats still came through when needed. Last night the Dodgers faced Dillon Gee, who is a mediocre at best starter and tonight they get to face another average starter. Homer Bailey has pitched well on the road, with a 3.09 ERA, but his road starts have averaged 8.3 rpg. He has struggled at night (4.67 ERA) and he has a 4.67 ERA in his last 3 starts overall, with a 1.50 WHIP in those starts, plus he has a 6.51 EA in 2 career starts at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers do score just 3.98 rpg at home, but they hit .265 at home, including .267 vs righties. Really just looking for just 3 runs form LA in this one Cause I feel the Reds should easily get at least 3 runs of their own and at worst that gives us a push. The Reds average just 3.9 rpg on the road, but will be taking on a pitcher that has struggled of late, especially at home. Chad Billingsley has a 4.30 ERA at home, with his home starts averaging 7.9 rpg and the OVER going 6-1. Chad has allowed 4 ER's in each of his last 2 home starts, while his ERA over his last 5 home starts is 5.66. Chad has also struggled with the Reds, posting an 8.74 ERA in his last 5 starts vs them. In those starts he allowed 38 hits and 12 walks in just 22.2 innings of work. He really comes in struggling, with a 6.88 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP in his last 3 starts. The Dodgers can't hit good pitching right now, but they can hit average pitching and for the 2nd night in a row their offense should put some runs on the board. While the Reds should get their fair share, even if Votto and Rolen are out. At least 9 runs in this one.
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