Make it six straight victories after the Angels blanked Cleveland 3-0 last night. For lucky win No. 7 in a row, we head to Los Angeles and play the Reds—or, more accurately, fade the Dodgers. Look, I know predicting a Dodgers loss these days is about as easy as predicting that Anderson Cooper digs dudes. But if the oddsmakers are going to keep putting the Dodgers on the betting board, we might as well keep profiting from it.
Here’s what L.A. has done since June 19: 14 games, 12 losses, 25 total runs scored. Of those 25
runs, eight were scored in Sunday’s 8-3 victory over the Mets and five came in the first two innings of an 8-5 loss at the Angels on June 22. Take out those 11 innings, and the Dodgers have plated 12 runs in their last 106 innings! That’s what happens when your already anemic offense is minus its Nos. 3 and 4 hitters (Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp). Now look who L.A. gets to face tonight: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto, who is 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA and pissed off after getting snubbed for the All-Star game. In his last four trips to the mound, Cueto has allowed just four earned in 29 innings (1.24 ERA), and over this stretch he’s notched as many strikeouts (27) as he has allowed hits (21) and walks (6) combined. And in two starts against the Dodgers last year, Cueto gave up just two earned runs in 14 innings.
Last night in L.A., the Reds fell behind 2-0 after five innings, then scored eight unanswered
runs to post an 8-2 victory (and All-Star slugger Joey Votto didn’t even start). So not only has Cincinnati won three of its last four overall, but it has taken seven of 10 from the Dodgers, including the last four in a row overall and the last five in a row in Dodger Stadium.
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Monday’s Result: Angels (-135) at Indians (Win)