Start Time: April 15 2019, 10:10 PM
The Los Angeles Dodgers are off to a disappointing start to the season but snapped a six-game slide with a 7-1 win over Milwaukee on Sunday.
Here the Dodgers will hand the ball to left-hander Clayton Kershaw (2018: 9-5, 2.73 ERA) for his season debut. It will no doubt give them a morale boost to have the three-time National League Cy Young Award winner back in action after missing the beginning of the season due to injury, but is he 100% fit? I like the price we get on the Reds to at the very least cover the runline here Monday night.
Cincinnati has recovered from a a slow start and had won four on the bounce before closing out last week with a 9-5 loss to the Cards. “Guys have responded,” Reds manager David Bell said. “They’ve stayed ready on certain days that they’re not playing, and they’re playing well.”
Tonight the Reds will send Luis Castillo (1-1, 0.92 ERA) to the mound. The right-hander has been excellent in his first three starts of the season and tossed seven shutout innings of a 14-0 win against the Miami Marlins last time out. Castillo is 2-0 in his career against the Dodgers with only four runs (three earned) allowed while fanning 17 through 12 1/3 innings of work.
The Reds are 6-1 in the last seven meetings and they’ve won four straight at Dodger Stadium.
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