David Holmberg (1-3, 6.57 ERA) and Brett Anderson (7-8, 3.52 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (52-72) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (68-56) at the Great American Ball Park. The Dodgers won the last game 5-1 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 26 and can be seen on FSOH and SNLA.
Holmberg pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out two and walking one in a 6-3 defeat to the Diamondbacks. Todd Frazier (.263, 68 Rs, 29 HRs, 75 RBIs, 11 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one RBI. Anderson went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out five in a 3-0 defeat to the Astros in his last outing. Justin Turner (.303, 40 Rs, 15 HRs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Los Angeles takes on Cincinnati as a -153 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Reds have recorded an overall money line of -1,857 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 24-48. Cincinnati has gone winless (0-6) as the underdog and 1-9 SU in its last 10 outings. Cincinnati leads the MLB in steals, swiping 113 bases.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 60-50 record and an overall money line of -1,563. Offensively, the Dodgers have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.1 runs per game by averaging 3.0 during that stretch. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with 3.4 per game, ranking second in the NL. Los Angeles's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.54 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Dodgers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 4-1. The Reds have a 12-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Holmberg (LHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 10-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 21-21, while Cincinnati is 18-27.
The Dodgers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Reds who are heading in with an 11-17 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 40-16. The Dodgers have a 50-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 488 this season. Los Angeles ranks 17th with 510 runs.
Ranking seventh, Cincinnati is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 387 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 424.
When the Reds hit at least one home run, they are 44-35. When the Dodgers hit at least one homer, they have a 53-34 record.