In the first of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (63-50) and the Cincinnati Reds (50-62) at Dodger Stadium, Mat Latos (4-8, 4.67 ERA) and Keyvius Sampson (1-1, 3.00 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 13 and will air on FSOH and SNLA.
In his last start, Latos pitched 4.0 innings, giving up six runs and walking one in a 6-5 loss to the Pirates. Justin Turner (.323, 36 Rs, 13 HRs, 44 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Reds were victorious over the Diamondbacks 4-1 the last time Sampson pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out four and walking three. Joey Votto (.304, 64 Rs, 20 HRs, 54 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Reds, going 3 for 4 yesterday with three runs, one home run, three RBIs, and one stolen base.
Los Angeles is a considerable -180 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Dodgers have a 56-45 record and overall money line at -1,066. The Dodgers have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.2 runs per game. The Dodgers rank fifth in the majors in home runs with 138. The Dodgers typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.4 walks per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Dodgers rank fifth in the NL in home ERA with a 3.19 team average. 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.
Moving on to the away team, the Reds come into this game with a weak win percentage of .354 when playing as the underdog (23-42) and an overall money line of -1,159. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 3-7 record. The Reds will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Cincinnati's run production has dropped to 2.7 runs per game, compared to 4.2 for the duration of the season. The Reds have racked up 108 steals on the year, making them the most threatening base-running team in the league.
The Dodgers will take on a right-hander (Sampson) in this game and have a 55-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Latos will take the mound against the Reds, who have a 38-48 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Washington, the Dodgers now have 16 shutouts this season. The Reds have been shut out in nine games this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Dodgers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Reds have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 8-41. The Dodgers have a 13-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking ninth in home runs, Cincinnati has hit 121 this season. Los Angeles ranks fifth with 138 home runs.
Los Angeles and Cincinnati both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at ninth with 8.49 hits per game and Cincinnati ranks seventh with 8.58.
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 fourth with an OPS of .759.
When the Reds allow at least one home run, they are 21-47. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 26-35 record.