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Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds
Interleague action leads to a showdown between rivalries across the state as Cleveland and Cincinnati open a three-game series tonight. First place for the Indian v Reds matchup is at 7:10 p.m. ET at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is the first of six meetings this season. These teams met four times last August during a home-and-home series. The Reds recorded a 3-2 win before losing 4-2 in two games in Cincinnati. The Indians suppressed the Reds offensive during 2-0, and 13-0 shutout victories in Cleveland. Cincinnati is set to score 23 scoreless innings against Cleveland.
Cincinnati (7-5) is the first in the NL Central Division with the Milwaukee Brewers. After a loss on the opening day, 11-6 at home to St. Louis, the Reds went on a six-game winning streak. They bounced back 9-6 and 12-1 wins to win the series against the Cardinals. A series at home against Pittsburgh followed and the Reds defeated the Pirates 30-8 in a three-game sweep. Cincinnati hit the road and fought during the 2-1 series losses in Arizona and San Francisco. The Reds were beaten 20-9 by the Diamondbacks and 10-9 by the Giants.
Cleveland (7–5) opened the season with two losses (3–2 and 5–2) in Detroit. They avoided a sweep with a 9-3 win in the third game. This was followed by a 3-0 defeat and a 4-2 home win over Kansas City. Cleveland then hosted Detroit, scoring the Tigers 20-6 during a three-game sweep. The Indians return home from a four-game series in Chicago. After splitting the first two competitions, Carlos Rodón threw a no-hitter during the White Sox 8-0 win in the third game. Cleveland scored a 4-2 win in the series finals last night. The Indians fight with a batting average of .198.
RHP Jeff Hoffman (1-1, 3.86 ERA) is making his third start for Cincinnati. In three hits over five innings, he allowed a run during the Reds’ 12-1 home win over St. Louis on April 4. On his second start, Hoffman allowed three runs with six hits over 4.1 innings during the Reds 8-3 defeat in Arizona on April 10th. LHP Logan Allen (1-1, 2.70 ERA) starts for Cleveland. With five hits over five innings, he allowed two runs in the 3-0 defeat of the Indians to the Royals on April 5. Allen then held Detroit to a run, with just two hits over five innings, during the Indians 5-2 win its second start on April 11th.
Selection: Cincinnati Reds (-107) Moneyline
Los Angeles Dodgers in San Diego Padres
A highly anticipated National League West series begins when Los Angeles and San Diego first meet. Game time for the Dodgers vs. Padres competition is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET at Petco Park in San Diego, California. This is the first of 19 meetings between the top two favorites to win the NL West Division. Los Angeles won the regular season Series 6-4 last year, and the Dodgers were played 4-2 in games at Petco Park. These teams last met in the playoffs of the NL Divisional Series 2020. Los Angeles beat San Diego 23: 9 and won the series with three wins.
San Diego (9–5) is third in the NL West standings and is 2.5 games behind Los Angeles. The Padres return home after a 2-2 split in Pittsburgh. San Diego won the first game 6-2, and the Pirates won the next two 8-4 and 5-1. The Padres ended the series yesterday with an 8-3 win. Before that, San Diego beat Rangers 12-4 in a three-game game in Texas. San Diego opened their season at home with a 3-1 win over Arizona and a 2-1 loss against San Francisco. The Padres are from the 2019 season and are 4-12 in 16 home games against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles (11-2) is driving a six-game winning streak and is first overall in the MLB standings. The Dodgers showed no sign of a hangover in the World Series and opened their season with a 3-1 win in Colorado and a 2-1 win in Oakland. Before their home game against Washington on April 9, Los Angeles celebrated its first MLB championship since 1988. It was a successful return home when the Dodgers beat the Nationals 13-5 in a three-game game. A three-game game against Colorado ensued when the Dodgers left the Rockies 18-7 ahead.
RHP Walker Buehler (1–0, 1.50 ERA) is making his third start for Los Angeles. He allowed two runs with four hits over six innings and made no decision in the Dodgers 3-5 victory in Colorado on April 3. Buhler gave up six goals over six goalless innings and took home victory for Dodgers in his second start. Rookie LHP Ryan Weathers (1–0, 1.50 ERA) makes his first career start for San Diego. With two hits over six innings, he has allowed a run at three relief this season. If you support the better pitcher and the hotter offensive, lay the starting line and bet on Los Angeles.
Selection: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (+108)
2021 MLB Regular Season Betting Record: 6–12 (-7.7 units)
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