John Lamb (0-1, 6.35 ERA) and Alex Wood (8-8, 3.79 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (52-71) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (67-56) at the Great American Ball Park. The Dodgers come into this series in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on FSOH and SNLA.
Lamb pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs and striking out eight in a 5-4 defeat to the Diamondbacks. Joey Votto (.309, 75 Rs, 24 HRs, 62 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Wood went 5.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out one and walking three in a 5-2 defeat to the Athletics in his last outing. Andre Ethier (.291, 44 Rs, 12 HRs, 39 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 3 Sunday.
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 -1,957 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 24-48. Cincinnati has recorded a disappointing 1-6 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. 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, 3-1. The Reds have a 12-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Wood takes the mound. Lamb (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
In their last game, the Dodgers lost by a margin of one run. The Reds are 17-25 in one-run games. The Dodgers have a 16-21 record in close games.
The Reds are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 12 runs. The Dodgers have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 8-50. The Dodgers have a 13-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 of the league at ninth when it comes to home runs, hitting 132 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with 148.
Ranking 11th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.37 per game. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.57.
Ranking 14th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.715). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .751.
The Dodgers are 28-39 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Reds are 23-55 when they allow at least one homer.