In the third of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (65-51) and the Cincinnati Reds (51-63) at Dodger Stadium, Brett Anderson (6-7, 3.43 ERA) and David Holmberg (1-1, 3.06 ERA) get the start. The Dodgers won the last game 5-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 15 and will air on FSOH and SNLA.
In his most recent outing, Anderson pitched 5.0 innings, giving up seven runs, striking out one and walking three in an 8-3 loss to the Nationals. Justin Turner (.327, 38 Rs, 13 HRs, 46 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and two RBIs. The Reds were also unsuccessful the last time Holmberg pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking three in a 2-1 loss to the Padres. Joey Votto (.305, 65 Rs, 21 HRs, 57 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Reds, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Los Angeles is a heavy -180 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Dodgers are 57-46 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,124. The Dodgers are a power hitting team with 140 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking second in the NL with an average of 3.4 walks per game. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Los Angeles pitchers. The Dodgers have given up an average of 5.9 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 3.7 runs per game. The Dodgers don't give up many hits to opposing batters at Dodger Stadium, ranking second in the NL with only 8.0 hits allowed per home game.
On the other side, the Reds have a subpar record of 24-42 when they are the underdog and are -1,011 overall with the money line. Cincinnati is a terror on the base paths, with an MLB-best 110 stolen bases.
This game will feature Holmberg (LHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have an 8-12 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Reds will be the left-hander Anderson. They sport a 12-14 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
Cincinnati has won 42% (18-25) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 50% (21-21) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Reds managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are heading in with a 36-19 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 48-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Cincinnati has earned 453 this season. Los Angeles ranks 12th with 486 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Los Angeles has earned 398 this season. Cincinnati ranks seventh with 351 walks.
When the Dodgers hit at least one home run, they are 50-32. When the Reds hit at least one homer, they have a 43-31 record.