Tim Adleman (1-1, 3.72 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (51-69) go up against Bud Norris (6-9, 4.26 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (67-53) in the first of a four-game series at the Great American Ball Park. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 19 and will air on SNLA and FSOH.
In his last start, Adleman pitched 3.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking two in a 7-2 loss to the Indians. Jay Bruce (.254, 65 Rs, 27 HRs, 86 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one RBI. The Dodgers were victorious the last time Norris pitched. He tossed 0.1 inning, giving up one runs (one unearned) and walking one in a 14-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. Corey Seager (.311, 78 Rs, 21 HRs, 56 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Dodgers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Cincinnati is a +135 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Reds have a losing record of 32-63 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -662. The Reds are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with 109 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
Switching to the opposing dugout, the Dodgers come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-176) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the favorite (60-33). They sport the fourth-ranked offense in the NL, averaging four runs per game. Los Angeles is one of the top road hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.2 hits per contest. The Dodgers average 3.5 walks per road game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the NL when they travel. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.158 on the year, good for second in the league. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an NL-high 9.3 strikeouts per game.
So far this season, the Dodgers are 3-0 against the Reds. The Reds will take on a right-hander (Norris) in this game and have a 42-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Adleman will take the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 53-38 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Dodgers lost by a margin of one run. The Reds are 18-23 in one-run games. The Dodgers have a 16-18 record in close games.
When leading after seven innings, Los Angeles is 26-20, while Cincinnati is 28-33.
The Dodgers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Reds who are heading in with a 20-20 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Dodgers are 50-15. The Reds have a 37-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 528 this season. Los Angeles ranks 14th with 542 runs.
Ranking 25th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 336 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 392.
The Reds are 38-39 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 51-28 when they hit at least one homer.