Cincinnati Reds @ Los Angeles Dodgers 7/28/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Cincinnati Reds (56-48) at Los Angeles Dodgers (58-43)

Game Info: Friday, July 28th, 2023 at  10:10 p.m. EST (Dodger Stadium)

Betting Odds: Dodgers -1.5 (-120) - Over/Under (9.5)

Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers  -1.5 (-120)

Friday night takes us to the west coast for the opening game of a three-game weekend series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both of these teams are involved in tight playoff races within their division, and the National League wild-card race as well. This makes all three games of this series, and every game coming down the stretch of the season that much more important. The two teams will go ahead to head here on Friday night in a potential preview of a National League wildcard round series. 

The Cincinnati Reds had a very rough start to the 2023, Major League baseball season but everything changed in May. As the trajectory of their season was altered when they called up their number one prospect, Elly De La Cruz, and ever since he arrived in the Queen City, Cincinnati has looked like an entirely different ballclub. He has immediately interjected himself into the conversation for the National League Rookie of the Year award, and he has established the Cincinnati Reds as a potential contender in the National League Central division, as the race for the postseason continues. The Reds come into this series trailing the Milwaukee Brewers by a handful of games for first place within the division. 

The Cincinnati Reds come into this game with a record of 56-48 through their first 104 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They have picked up six victories in their last 10 games of the season and they currently occupy a third wildcard spot in the National League they are tied for the second spot, as well as less than a game out of having the top spot in the National League wildcard race. Brandon Williamson will be looking to pick up the third victory of his career in this game and put his record back above .500 to close out the month of July. His major league career is off to a somewhat decent start but he will face his toughest task of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers here on Friday night. 

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been making moves ahead of the trade deadline on July 31st to bolster their roster. They have traded for Enrique Hernández from the Boston Red Sox, who will be making his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they also traded for Amed Rosario from the Cleveland Guardians. They are currently in first place in the National League West division at the moment after regaining the spot from the Arizona Diamondbacks coming out of the All-Star break. They are currently fifteen games above .500 the moment with a record of 58-43 through the first 101 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. 

They will be looking to snap a one-game losing streak in this game and improve upon their record as they have won five out of their last 10 games of the season. Their solid rookie Bobby Miller is expected to get the start in the opening game of the series against Cincinnati on Friday night. Miller comes into this game with five victories to his name this season and only a single loss on his record. He will be looking to pick up his sixth victory of the season here on Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds and he will have his hands full with Elly De La Cruz and company. Los Angeles has always been a tough team to beat at home and they will be looking to flex their muscles once again in this three-game homestand against the Cincinnati Reds.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- The Los Angeles Dodgers are 30-18 at home

- The Los Angeles Dodgers are 40-30 against the NL

- Cincinnati is 21-26 after a loss this season

I look for the Los Angeles Dodgers to pick up the victory in the series-opening game on Friday night. As I look for Bobby Miller to have an impactful performance on the mound against the Cincinnati Reds. I expect Miller to be a catalyst in the outcome of this game and for the Dodgers lineup to do some damage against Brandon Williamson and the Cincinnati Reds here on Friday night at home.

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