The Los Angeles Dodgers stay on the road to play the final game of a three-game set at Great American Ballpark against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers are projected to send veteran left-hander Clayton Kershaw to the mound for his 20th start while the Reds counter with Wade Miley.
Kershaw Back on the MoundClayton Kershaw gave up one run over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision on Monday in a 5-1 win for the Dodgers over the Diamondbacks. Kershaw allowed four hits, one walk, and struck out five. It was the future Hall of Famer's first time on the mound in over two months after he suffered a forearm strain at the beginning of July, and there appeared to be some rust to shake off, as he allowed a run in the first. After that, Kershaw looked the part, and he was able to throw 50 pitches -- 34 of them for strikes -- in a soft landing for the southpaw. Kershaw will continue to build up his arm strength, and he will look to go deep enough to pick up a win against the Reds over the weekend. He carries a 3.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, with a solid 132/20 KK/B ratio over 110 innings of work this season.
The Dodgers will need Clayton for their eventual postseason run and should try and extend him a bit in this one. They have already clinched a playoff berth, but they are in a dogfight with the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West. They trail them by just one game heading into this weekend series.
Miley Hit Hard vs PiratesWade Miley was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Pirates in his last appearance. Miley's distant Cy Young hopes would seem to be gone after two bad starts in three outings to begin September. This start was just the second of the year in which he's given up six runs, with the other coming in Coors Field back in May. This and the Sept. 1 defeat at the hands of the Cardinals are his only two losses since the end of May, so it’s been an excellent season altogether for the veteran left-hander. He brings a 3.09 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, with 123 strikeouts over 160 innings into this home tilt against the champion Dodgers.
The Reds have fallen pace in the NL Wild-Card standings after a sub-par last few weeks. Cincy stands one game back of the second wild-card spot, after losing five of their last seven games. They will need to get back on track as soon as possible with only a handful of games remaining. Time is running out quickly.
- Reds are 2-5 in their last seven games
- Reds are 3-8 in their last 11 home games against the Dodgers
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- Dodgers are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Reds
- Dodgers are 8-3 in their last 11 road games against the Reds
- Dodgers are 13-5 in their last 18 road games overall