La Dodgers Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds Picks and Predictions May 18th 2024

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Dodgers’ Walker Buehler Looks to Find Formvs. Reds


Walker Buehler is gearing up for another chance to get back on track when the Los Angeles Dodgers’ right- hander faces the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Buehler( 0- 1,7.36 ERA) has made two nascences since returning from a nearly two- time hiatus following elbow surgery, but neither outing has lived up to the norms awaited of a former staff ace.

Buehler’s Recent Performance

In his first spin against the Miami Marlins on May 6, Buehler allowed three runs in four innings. His coming launch against the San Diego Padres saw him give up three runs over31/ 3 innings.

” I’m not going to put important stock in two outings,” Dodgers director Dave Roberts told journalists.” Getting him back in competition mode is a good thing. The stuff is there; it’s just about employing it.”

Buehler, who has a career record of 1- 3 with a3.22 period in six starts against the Reds, is also trying to stay patient. still, he admitted that his tolerance is running thin.

” I’m giving myself a many further starts,” Buehler said.” After that, the’ happy- to-be-here’ mentality will go away.”

Dodgers’ Roster Updates

The Dodgers made several roster changes on Friday. Third baseman Max Muncy went on the injured list with an oblique strain, and outfielder James Outman was optioned to Triple- A Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, outfielder Jason Heyward was actuated from the injured list and celebrated his return with a home run.

The Dodgers also saw home runs from Mookie Betts and Shohei Ohtani, securing a 7- 3 triumph over the Reds in the alternate game of the four- game series.

Reds ’ Performance

Tyler Stephenson was a bright spot for the Reds, hitting a home run and tallying three hits. Over the once four games, he’s been red-hot, going 10- for- 17 with a homer, three RBIs, and four runs.

On Saturday, the Reds will start right- hander Graham Ashcraft( 3- 2,4.12 ERA). Ashcraft has been consistent, not giving up further than three runs in any of his formerly four thresholds, although the Reds lost all those games. His last spin was a three- inning no- decision against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. Ashcraft has faced the Dodgers twice in his career, posting a 1- 1 record with a3.12 period.

Game Recap and critical Performances

The Reds were in a slump, having lost 12 of 14 games before pulling off a much- demanded 7- 2 victory over the Dodgers on Thursday, defeating Dodgers ace Tyler Glasnow. On Friday, they stayed competitive with home runs from Stuart Fairchild and Tyler Stephenson.

The Dodgers took the lead in the seventh inning when Will Smith hit an RBI single against Fernando Cruz, and Freddie Freeman scored on a wild pitch. Jason Heyward added insurance with a home run in the eighth inning.

” We battled back and tied it, but Smith, who is a great hitter, got a base hit up the middle. That inning made the difference,” said Reds director David Bell.” The bullpen had to cover three more innings on Friday after using seven pitchers on Thursday.”


The Reds, with a 3- 5 record on their 10- game road trip, need to win the coming two games to break indeed on this three- city trip. As Buehler looks to regain his form and Ashcraft aims to lead the Reds to victory, Saturday’s game is critical for both teams. Fans can anticipate an charged contest as the Dodgers and Reds continue their series.

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