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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick & Prediction JUN 23TH 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
TV: SNLA | Bally Sports Network
Logo Los Angeles Dodgers
VS
Logo Cincinnati Reds
-265
OPENNER
9.5

-2.5 +105
CURRENT
9o -120

-238
MONEYLINE
+195

10
SCORE
5

The visiting Los Angeles Dodgers aim for a rare seven-game season series sweep Thursday afternoon when they play the Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers have dominated the Reds in every way since the start of the 2019 season, winning 14 of 18 meetings between the two clubs and winning all six games this season by a combined score of 42-13.

The Reds have lost six straight, including all five on their six-game homestand that concludes Thursday.

The Dodgers send veteran lefty Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.08 ERA) to the mound in the matinee finale to the three-game series.

Kershaw recorded a no decision in his last start, against Cleveland, allowing one run and striking out four over five innings in a 2-1 loss to the Guardians.

In 13 career starts against Cincinnati, Kershaw is 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Kershaw has fanned exactly 100 batters and walked 23 in his career against the Reds.

The Reds counter with 22-year-old rookie Hunter Greene (3-7, 5.26). The right-hander will make his 14th major league start this season. Thursday marks his second start against his hometown Dodgers.

In his second major league start on April 16, the right-hander took the loss at Dodger Stadium in a 5-2 Cincinnati setback, allowing three runs - two earned - on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Trea Turner went 0-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday to see his 13-game hitting streak come to an end. The streak had been the longest such streak in the majors.

After dealing with a rash of injuries to their bullpen over the weekend, the Reds received some good news concerning one of their regular outfielders.

Manager David Bell said outfielder Tyler Naquin is making unexpectedly quick progress from a quad injury.

"He's way ahead of schedule," Bell said. "For a grade two quad strain, it's (usually) 4-to-6 weeks, he has a chance to be way ahead of that."

After injuring his quad at the end of May, Naquin is now taking batting practice and tracking fly balls in the outfield.

"Swinging and throwing is not an issue," Naquin said. "It's more about full-speed running, cutting, stopping and starting. It seems to be going well with what we're doing so far."

On May 29 against San Francisco, Naquin slipped out of the batter's box and then two days later in Boston, Naquin routinely jogged out of the box after making contact but had to limp to first base.

Freddie Freeman continues to be a thorn in the side of the Reds and their pitching staff. His home run to right-center proved to be the game-winner in Wednesday's 8-4 Los Angeles win. He has seven RBIs in the first two games.

With runners on base this season, Freeman came into Tuesday's game hitting .371 with 18 extra-base hits and just 12 strikeouts. On Tuesday, the five-time All-Star went 3-for-3 with runners on base, while his lone out came with the bases empty as the second batter of the game.

On Wednesday, with one out and a runner on third, Freeman singled to center field against Reds ace Luis Castillo, giving him four hits in his first four at-bats of the series with runners on.

"I think those premier middle-of-the-order guys, their DNA is to really, really lock in with guys in scoring position," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "There's just that extra layer of finding a way of putting the ball in play, and those numbers don't lie. He's elite at that and has been his entire career."

-Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Los Angeles Dodgers
10
5
Cincinnati Reds

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds Recap JUN 23TH 2022

The Los Angeles Dodgers hit a season-high five home runs in support of six strong innings from Clayton Kershaw to complete a three-game road sweep with a 10-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon.

Freddie Freeman, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Will Smith and newcomer Trayce Thompson all went deep Thursday.

Freeman finished the three-game set with two homers and 10 RBIs to help the Dodgers complete a seven-game season sweep of the Reds. They outscored Cincinnati 26-11 in the series and 52-18 on the season.

In his third start back from hip joint inflammation that landed him on the injured list, Kershaw (5-1) held the Reds to one run on seven hits over six innings, striking out seven with one walk.

Bellinger and Freeman each drove in three for the Dodgers, who homered three times off Reds rookie starter Hunter Greene (3-8). The Dodgers have defeated the Reds nine straight times and are 15-4 against Cincinnati since the 2018 season.

Tommy Pham drilled a three-run homer and recorded a pair of outfield assists for the Reds, who dropped their seventh straight and finished 0-6 on their homestand. Overall, the Reds have lost their last eight at home dating to June 8.

For Greene, it was a flashback to May 5 when he allowed a season-high five homers at Milwaukee. Greene was tagged for six runs on nine hits in five innings, striking out just three while walking two.

Pham had two outfield assists in the first three innings, giving him five for the season and matching Aristides Aquino for the team lead. With three assists on the day, the Reds have 17 outfield assists, passing the Texas Rangers for the MLB lead.

Freeman blasted his eighth homer of the year and second in as many games, a 427-foot two-run homer to right-center with Muncy aboard in the third inning to increase the lead to 3-0 before delivering an RBI single in the eighth.

The Reds appeared to have Kershaw on the ropes in the fourth when the first two reached and Donovan Solano singled home Pham with nobody out to cut the lead to 5-1. But Kershaw followed with two strikeouts and a fly out to end Cincinnati's rally.

In the fifth, Muncy belted a first-pitch fastball from Greene to right field for his fifth homer and a 6-1 Dodgers lead. Bellinger hit his ninth home run, Smith had his 10th and Thompson, who joined the Dodgers on Tuesday, hit his first.

--Field Level Media

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