Los Angeles Dodgers (41-26 SU, 37-30 RL, 32-35-1 O/U) vs. Cincinnati Reds (29-36 SU, 35-30 RL, 37-25-4 O/U)
MLB: Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 4:10 p.m. EST
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -150/Cincinnati Reds +130. Total: 10.5.
The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers will continue a three-game series when they meet again at the Great American Ball Park on Saturday afternoon. Los Angeles recently had a six-game winning streak snapped at Cleveland on Thursday. The Reds had lost six in a row heading into the opener of this series on Friday.
How will the West be won?
The Dodgers are inching their way up the standings with wins in seven of their last eight games and finally are beginning to play well on the road. They will try to improve to 4-1 on their six-game trip and clinch another series win when they visit Cincinnati on Saturday. Los Angeles improved to 17-16 on the road and 42-26 overall with its 3-1 win on Friday and remains locked in a three-way battle for supremacy in the National League West with Arizona and Colorado. Dodgers’ rookie sensation Cody Bellinger continues to give the team a spark, recording a single on Friday to improve to 8-for-25 with six home runs, eight RBIs and seven runs scored in his last six games.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-6, 4.42 ERA) is taking the mound for Los Angeles on Saturday. Ryu sis still trying to re-establish his position in the rotation but is winless in his last three starts. The South Korean lasted just four innings against the Reds at home on Sunday, allowing four runs and six hits–three home runs–in a no-decision. Cincinnati’s high-powered trio of Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler, and Joey Votto each took Ryu deep as he fell to 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA in four career starts against the Reds.
Friday’s setback marked the seventh straight for the Reds, who began their slide by dropping three in a row at Los Angeles last weekend. Cincinnati will try to get the better of the Dodgers on Saturday by sending Asher Wojciechowski to the mound. Wojciechowski is still searching for his first win as a starter and struggled at Los Angeles last Saturday, when he was charged with four runs and six hits in five innings without factoring in the decision. The 28-year-old turned in his lone quality start against St. Louis on June 5, allowing two runs and eight hits while striking out six in six frames. Wojciechowski has registered 13 strikeouts and three walks in 19 innings this season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
- 6-1 in their last seven overall
- 5-1 in their last six games against right-handed starters
- 16-5 in their last 21 games against the National League Central
The Cincinnati Reds are:
- 0-6 in their last six overall
- 1-11 in their last 12 games against left-handed starters
- 2-6 in their last eight games against teams with winning percentages over .600
Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner has hit safely in each of his last 12 games and is batting .382. Cincinnati catcher Stuart Turner (hamstring) will not be activated from the 10-day disabled list at least until Sunday.The Dodgers are 6-1 in their last seven overall, 5-1 in their last six against right-handed starters, 16-5 in their last 21 against the National League Central, 6-0 in Wood’s last six starts, and 53-25 in the last 78 meetings between the to teams. Cincinnati is 0-6 in its last six overall, 1-11 in its last 12 against left-handed starters, 2-6 in its last eight against opponents with winning percentages over .600, and 2-5 in its last seven at home against Los Angeles. Don’t be surprised if those trends continue.