Coming off a disastrous 0-6 West Coast road trip, the Cincinnati Reds return to Great American Ball Park for a weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is set for 7:10 P.M. ET.
This is the second consecutive weekend series with Los Angeles. The Dodgers swept the Reds last weekend, and continued their winning ways in Cleveland, taking two of three from the Tribe. It’ll be a tough task again for the Reds bats, as the Dodgers remain atop the National League in nearly every pitching category.
It’s hard to believe a pitcher with an ERA over four and a FIP of 5.01 has been the most consistent pitcher in the starting rotation, but that’s exactly where the Reds are right now. Adleman hasn’t had a bad start since his May 20 start against the Colorado Rockies when he gave up six runs in 4.2 innings. Adleman has given up 11 home runs, but has also struck out a respectable 50 batters in 58 innings.
Wood returned from a shoulder injury last Saturday to give up three runs on five hits against the Reds. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter. But it’s not just against the Reds that he has been successful. With a sparkling 2.01 ERA and 1.88 FIP, Wood has added to the Dodgers’ already excellent starting rotation in his second season with the team. He does it by forcing ground balls. Wood’s always been a ground ball pitcher, but in 2017, his 69.2 GB% is nearly 20 points higher than a year ago.
The Reds had a much-needed off day Thursday, so the bullpen should be well-rested going into tonight’s game.
The only reliever likely not available for the Dodgers is Chris Hatcher, who went two innings in the 12-5 loss at Cleveland Thursday. The Dodgers also sent Ross Stripling down to AAA after the loss yesterday.
|1. Chase Utley (2B)
2. Corey Seager (SS)
3. Justin Turner (3B)
4. Cody Bellinger (1B)
5. Chris Taylor (LF)
6. Yasmani Grandal (C)
7. Joc Pederson (CF)
8. Yasiel Puig (RF)
9. Alex Wood (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Devin Mesoraco (C)
9. Tim Adleman (P)
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager had just four hits against the Reds in LA last weekend, but two of those four hits were game-winners, with one being a walk-off home run and the other being a grand slam in the eighth inning off Raisel Iglesias last Sunday.
Joey Votto will try to extend his nine-game hitting streak and push his batting average even further above .300.
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The Reds were at a high point of the season after sweeping division rival St. Louis in four games early last week. But as is usually the case with the Reds, the West Coast brought everyone back to reality. This team is still flawed, and even the San Diego Padres, with their bottom-of-the-league hitting, exposed the pitching problems.
If there’s any good news, it’s that the Reds play much better at home, with a record of 19-15. Most of the players from the Big Red Machine will be in town for the Pete Rose statue unveiling on Saturday, so hopefully it will provide some good vibes for the Reds this weekend.