Match-Up: Los Angeles Dodgers (6-6), Billingsley vs. Cincinnati Reds (5-8), Bailey

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Manny Ramirez provided the dramatics in the Dodgers’ win on Sunday afternoon. Ramirez had an 8th inning pinch-hit go-ahead home run to propel the Dodgers past the Giants, 2-1. Ramirez has been battling a strained right calf, but is expected back in the starting lineup on Tuesday night. The Dodgers will look to carry over the emotion from Ramirez’s dramatics into Tuesday’s tilt against the Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds (3-3 Home) have struggled recently. They have dropped five straight games and currently sit in fifth place in the NL Central. The Reds will send out righty pitcher Homer Bailey (0-1, 6.97 ERA) in hopes of righting the ship. Bailey has not had a strong start this season. He has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his two starts and has not made it out of the 5th inning. Bailey is 1-1 against the Dodgers in his career.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (2-4 Away) are off to their worst start in seven years, but did win four of six games on their last home stand. They will send out their ace, Chad Billingsley (1-0, 5.73 ERA) on Tuesday night. Billingsley hasĀ  posted a 3-2 record with a 2.45 ERA against the Reds.

Both teams were off on Monday and that will only help the ailing Ramirez. The Dodgers are too talented to have such a slow start. They defeated the Reds in five of their six meetings in 2009. Look for them to pick up their first 2010 victory against the Reds tomorrow.

The Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers

April Record: 12-7

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