In today’s MLB betting guide, the Los Angeles Dodgers look to get back into the win column against the Cincinnati Reds, a team they beat five times in April. Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers host the Philadelphia Phillies for a two-game homestand to start their week before hitting the road to Washington.
Los Angeles Dodgers (-200) vs Cincinnati Reds (+170)
The Dodgers will need to find a way to hold onto a lead if they wish to stay at the top of the NL West. They lost two of three against the Cleveland Guardians over the weekend, and Craig Kimbrel struggled again. Los Angeles will rely on the services of Tony Gonsolin, who opened up his year with an 8-0 record in 12 games started. He boasts an impressive 1.42 ERA (earned run average) and has struck out 60 batters in 63.1 innings. He’ll be holding down the fort while the team surrounding him must figure out a way to start stringing together hits and runs.
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Tyler Mahle will take the mound for Cincinnati, and the team is hoping for another clutch performance. In his last outing, Mahle pitched nine scoreless innings, striking out 12 in the process and improving to a 2-5 record. The Reds can afford to improve on the defensive side if they hope to end their current four-game losing streak, which continued due to three consecutive losses over the weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds sit in the basement of the NL Central and are currently 14.5 games back of the Brewers.
Philadelphia Phillies (+100) vs Texas Rangers (-120)
The Phillies had a day off to reflect on their loss which snapped a five-game winning streak, but they shouldn’t dwell on it too long as they face a team they’ve lost to in both meetings this year. Philadelphia sits in third place in the NL East, three games behind the Atlanta Braves and 8.5 games behind the top-seeded New York Mets. They’ll lean on Kyle Gibson, who is 4-2 on the year in 13 starts. He’s struggled this season, currently holding a 4.04 ERA and allowed an average of three runs against in his last seven games.
Martín Pérez also holds a 4-2 record in 13 starts, but the Rangers have insulated him to provide a more defensive approach in the last stretch. He holds a 2.10 ERA while earning 39 strikeouts in his previous seven starts. The Rangers have been on a rollercoaster of a week, stringing together a few wins before piling up some losses to balance their record. They have an excellent opportunity to pick up a few wins this week against a team they’ve already defeated twice on two occasions.
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