In the second of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (18-26) and the Colorado Rockies (18-26) at the Great American Ball Park, Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 3.79 ERA) and Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 6.51 ERA) get the start. The Reds lost the last game 5-4, extending a nine-game losing streak. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 26 and will air on ROOT-RM and FSN-OH.
In his last start, Lorenzen pitched 1.0 innings, allowing zero runs in a 7-1 loss to the Royals. Todd Frazier (.258, 28 Rs, 13 HRs, 26 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. In his career against the Reds, De La Rosa is 3-3 with a 7.42 ERA. He meets a struggling Cincinnati offense that's batting just .238. DJ LeMahieu (.333, 16 Rs, 2 HRs, 23 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Rockies, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
Cincinnati is a small -115 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Reds are 10-7 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -697. They have been a terror on the base paths, leading all of baseball with 44 steals. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Cincinnati pitchers. The Reds have given up an average of 5.8 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.5 runs per game. An area where the Reds are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average 8.8 K's per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the Rockies come into this game with a win percentage of .429 when playing as the underdog (12-16) and an overall money line of -653. The Rockies rank fourth in the NL in scoring, averaging 4.3 runs per game.
The only other game between the two teams went Colorado's way. The Reds will take on a left-hander (De La Rosa) in this game and have a 4-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Lorenzen. They sport a 15-18 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rockies won by a margin of one run. The Reds are 7-8 in one-run games. The Rockies have a 7-7 record in close games.
When the Reds and the Rockies play into extra innings, both teams have a 1-3 record.
The Colorado batters brought in a solid 11 hits last game. Cincinnati has a record of 2-11 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 3-16. The Reds have a 5-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Colorado ranks in the top half of the league at 11th when it comes to home runs, hitting 43 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 51.
Ranking 13th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.88 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 9.21.
Ranking 19th, Cincinnati is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.698). Colorado ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .741.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 6-16, well-matched with the Reds who are 10-19 when allowing at least one homer.