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#907 Cincinnati Reds 7 vs.
#908 Los Angeles Dodgers -160
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 10:10pm EDT
Written by Ricky Dimon

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#907 Cincinnati
#908 Los Angeles
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L. CASTILLO
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds will begin a three-game series when they clash at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. Los Angeles finally got back in the win column by beating Milwaukee on Sunday. The Reds had won four in a row prior to Sunday’s setback against St. Louis.

Castillo cooking

The Reds followed up a season-opening victory with eight straight losses before recording a four-game winning streak that ended with Sunday’s 9-5 setback against St. Louis in Mexico. Jesse Winker belted a three-run homer as Cincinnati battled back from a 4-0 deficit, only to surrender five runs in the seventh inning and settle for a split of the two-game set.

Right-hander Luis Castillo (1-1, 0.92 ERA) is taking the mound for Cincinnati on Monday. Castillo has been superb in the early going, allowing two runs and five hits with 25 strikeouts over 19.2 innings in his first three starts. The 26-year-old has worked 7.0 innings in each of his last two turns, including a scoreless effort against Miami last Tuesday in which he struck out eight batters en route to victory.

Kershaw is back

The Dodgers finally ended their losing streak and are hoping their ace can help lead them in the right direction when they begin a three-game series against the visiting Reds on Monday. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA) makes his season debut one day after the Dodgers halted a six-game slide with a 7-1 victory over Milwaukee.

Kershaw’s latest injury ended his team-record streak of eight consecutive Opening Day starts. The 31-year-old and three-time National League Cy Young Award winner made a rehab start for Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday, allowing two runs and five hits while mowing down six in as many innings.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers have homered in 29 consecutive games dating back to last season– which is three shy of the NL record set in 1999 by Colorado.

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Half of Winker’s eight hits this season have been home runs. Kershaw, who has suffered from back pain in recent years and dealt with biceps tendinitis last season, missed the beginning of 2019 due to inflammation in his left shoulder. Los Angeles could use a healthy, effective Kershaw as its pitching staff yielded 38 runs during its skid before getting a strong eight-inning effort from Ross Stripling on Sunday. Cincinnati is 4-0 in its last four at Los Angeles. The Dodgers are 1-6 in the last seven meetings between the two teams.

Prediction: Cincinnati Reds

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Kershaw owns a 3-2 record with one shutout and a 2.54 ERA in 10 career starts against Cincinnati. Castillo gave up four runs–three earned–and eight hits while recording 17 strikeouts and issuing just one walk over 12.1 innings in winning each of his first two career starts against Los Angeles. The under is 37-18-1 in the Reds’ last 56 overall, 20-7 in their last 27 on the road, and 7-1 in Castillo’s last eight starts. It is also 19-9-1 in the Dodgers’ last 29 against starters with WHIPs under 1.15 and 4-0-1 in Kershaw’s last five home starts. Additionally, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the two teams and 4-0-1 in his last five home starts against Cincinnati. Look for this one to stay under the total.

Prediction: Under

Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.