Fresh off a series win against the New York Mets, the Cincinnati Reds (10-27) head west to face the Los Angeles Dodgers (16-20) in a four game weekend series.
The Dodgers come into the series a team that has not performed like people thought they would at the start of the season. Injuries have played a huge impact in that. Shortstop Corey Seager is out for the remainder of the year, Clayton Kershaw is on the DL, and Justin Turner likely won’t be back until next week.
The Dodgers rank 5th as a team in the National League in AVG and just ahead of the Reds at 6th in OBP. The Dodgers are not a home run hitting team, as they are tied with the Reds for 13th in the league with 32 home runs. The pitching staff is 8th in the NL with a 3.91 team ERA. Their pitchers are strike out hitters, striking out a total of 356 batters thus far this season, behind only the Washington Nationals.
In Mahle’s last start against the Marlins, he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked none. He did give up two home runs, including a leadoff home run to Starlin Castro. Mahle has started seven times so far this season, and has surrendered two home runs in each of four of those starts.
Mahle’s home run to fly ball ratio (HR/FB) sits at 23.7%, much higher than previous years. He’s already given up nine home runs this season. His career high for most home runs in a season is 12, at Double-A Pensacola in 2016. However, Mahle’s FB% is not higher than previous years, so it would seem that the fly balls he does give up are going over the fence more frequently.
Buehler is the Dodgers’ 2015 first round draft selection and the top pitching prospect in the organization. He pitched in eight games at the end of 2017 out of the bullpen, but has been a starter since being called up on April 23. In his last start, he pitched six no-hit innings and struck out eight, as part of a combined no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.
Since being called up, Buehler has given up only two earned runs in 16 innings, while striking out 19. He hasn’t allowed a home run yet. The only concerning thing right now for the Dodgers would be the seven walks, but that could be jitters from being in the big leagues. Buehler mostly throws a fastball and a slider, and mixes in a curveball. He also throws a changeup, but very infrequently thus far.
|1.Ã‚Â Jesse WinkerÃ‚Â (RF)
2.Ã‚Â Adam DuvallÃ‚Â (LF)
3.Ã‚Â Joey VottoÃ‚Â (1B)
4.Ã‚Â Scooter GennettÃ‚Â (2B)
5.Ã‚Â Eugenio SuarezÃ‚Â (3B)
6.Ã‚Â Tucker BarnhartÃ‚Â (C)
7.Ã‚Â Alex BlandinoÃ‚Â (SS)
8.Ã‚Â Tyler MahleÃ‚Â (P)
9.Ã‚Â Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (CF)
|1.Ã‚Â Chris TaylorÃ‚Â (SS)
2.Ã‚Â Joc PedersonÃ‚Â (CF)
3.Ã‚Â Yasmani GrandalÃ‚Â (C)
4.Ã‚Â Cody BellingerÃ‚Â (1B)
5.Ã‚Â Matt KempÃ‚Â (LF)
6.Ã‚Â Chase UtleyÃ‚Â (2B)
7.Ã‚Â Yasiel PuigÃ‚Â (RF)
8.Ã‚Â Max MuncyÃ‚Â (3B)
9.Ã‚Â Walker BuehlerÃ‚Â (P)
-Adam Duvall hits a walk-off home run and gets moved up to the second spot in the lineup. He’s hitting .176 with an OBP of .261.
-Alex Blandino gets the start tonight. This is a good thing, even though it means Jose Peraza sits.
News and Notes
-The Reds made a front office move today.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 10, 2018
-Matt Harvey joined the Reds in LA today. He will pitch during one of the games this weekend.
Matt Harvey has joined his Reds teammates in Los Angeles. He's with them along the right-field line at Dodger Stadium, stretching while chatting with pitching coach Danny Darwin a little more than three hours before first pitch.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 10, 2018
Matt Harvey will start one of the games in this series. The player he is replacing hasn’t been told, so the day hasn’t been announced. That should happen shortly
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 10, 2018
Finnegan to Louisville
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 10, 2018
-Tony Cingrani will not be facing his former team this series, as he was placed on the DL Wednesday.
To create room on the active roster, the Dodgers placed Tony Cingrani on the 10-day DL (left shoulder inflammation) and optioned Yimi García and Alex Verdugo to OKC.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 9, 2018
The Reds have a chance to make it three wins in a row, the longest such streak in 2018. It won’t be easy as we all know how hard it is for the Reds to win on the West Coast.
And the Dodgers have owned this team the past couple of years. The Reds haven’t won a game against LA since August 2016 and a game at Dodger Stadium since August 13, 2015. (Keyvius Sampson was the winning pitcher in that game). Last season, the Reds lost six games to the Dodgers in a span of a week and a half in June, and during that time, the record went from from 29-31 to 29-39. But it’s a brand new season, and anything is possible in baseball.