After losing 10-2 on Saturday, making it five losses against the Dodgers this season and eight straight overall, the Reds will try to salvage at least one win Sunday at GABP. First pitch is set for 1:10 ET.
During this losing streak, the Reds have been outscored 53-23. They’ve scored only 16 runs in five games against LA. Yesterday, the Reds had 11 hits to the Dodgers’ 12, but the difference is that the Dodgers could score runs and the Reds left 10 men on base.
Of all 84 qualifed pitchers in major league baseball, Arroyo is dead last in ERA and has allowed the most home runs (22) of any pitcher. In a word, he’s been horrible. He seems to be able to get through the opposing team’s lineup the first time through, but after that, the hitters end up adjusting to the timing of his pitches and start teeing off on them.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was originally supposed to get the start, but lucky for the Reds, Maeda gets the start instead. It’s weird to see a pitcher have 11 starts and one save, but that’s what is on Maeda’s stat line. Of course, that one save came against the Reds on June 9, when he gave up just one run on three hits and struck out six. The only Reds player who has more than two at-bats against Maeda is Scooter Gennett, who has a home run off him.
The lineups can be found here.
What can you say about the Reds offense? At least Joey Votto is hitting. He had a three-hit game Saturday, with a two doubles. The hitting streak stands at 11. Yesterday in the game thread, I wrote about Hamilton and Cozart not hitting at the top of the lineup. Well, it’s just one game, but they combined for four hits and the only two runs scored.
The Dodgers have the edge here, with Alex Wood going eight innings on Friday night and Saturday’s game being a non-contest. Austin Brice gave the Reds some much-needed innings on Saturday, but likely won’t be available today if they need a long man.
News and Notes
As I was leaving work Friday, I had 700 WLW on my car radio. During Reds home games at 5:30 p.m, they have an ‘Inside the Park’ interview session with Bronson Arroyo (in previous years, you may recall former Red Brandon Phillips did this). On Friday, at the end of the interview, Arroyo seemed to suggest that they soon may have to find another player to do the interview session.
Arroyo’s a smart guy, and I think he knows his time with the Reds, and likely in baseball, is coming to an end. If Homer Bailey is set to return this coming weekend in DC like everyone speculates, today could be Arroyo’s last game at Great American Ball Park.