Brandon Finnegan (7-9, 4.54 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (52-69) meet Brett Anderson (0-1, 45.00 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (67-54) in the second of a four-game series at the Great American Ball Park. The Reds won the last game 9-2, and Cincinnati leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 20 and will air on SNLA and FSOH.
In his most recent outing, Finnegan pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, striking out three and walking three in a 6-3 loss to the Marlins. Joey Votto (.304, 77 Rs, 20 HRs, 67 RBIs, 8 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs. The Dodgers were also unsuccessful the last time Anderson pitched. He struggled, going 1.0 inning, allowing five runs and walking one in an 11-3 loss to the Pirates. Corey Seager (.313, 79 Rs, 21 HRs, 57 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Dodgers, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Cincinnati, a +140 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The matchup currently has a nine-run Over/Under (O/U). The Reds have a losing record of 33-63 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -495. The Reds are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with 109 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Dodgers come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-335) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the favorite (60-34). The Dodgers rank fourth in the NL in road scoring, averaging four runs per game. Los Angeles is one of the top road hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.1 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. Los Angeles's pitching staff has allowed an average of 5.0 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 3.9. They have a WHIP of 1.165, second best in the MLB. The Los Angeles pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an NL-best 9.3 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers are 3-1 against the Reds this season. The Reds will take on a left-hander (Anderson) in this game. They have struggled against left-handed starting pitchers this season, going 8-17. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the left-hander Finnegan. They sport a 14-14 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
Cincinnati has won 47% (29-33) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Los Angeles has won 55% (26-21) of its games when taking a late lead.
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 21-20 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 9-54. The Dodgers have an 11-38 record when opponents outhit them.
Cincinnati ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 131 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 142.
Ranking 11th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.27 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.57.
Ranking 23rd, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.714). Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .736.
The Dodgers are 32-42 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Reds are 37-57 when they allow at least one homer.