The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds will begin a three-game series when they clash at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. Los Angeles finally got back in the win column by beating Milwaukee on Sunday. The Reds had won four in a row prior to Sunday’s setback against St. Louis.
The Reds followed up a season-opening victory with eight straight losses before recording a four-game winning streak that ended with Sunday’s 9-5 setback against St. Louis in Mexico. Jesse Winker belted a three-run homer as Cincinnati battled back from a 4-0 deficit, only to surrender five runs in the seventh inning and settle for a split of the two-game set.
Right-hander Luis Castillo (1-1, 0.92 ERA) is taking the mound for Cincinnati on Monday. Castillo has been superb in the early going, allowing two runs and five hits with 25 strikeouts over 19.2 innings in his first three starts. The 26-year-old has worked 7.0 innings in each of his last two turns, including a scoreless effort against Miami last Tuesday in which he struck out eight batters en route to victory.
Kershaw is back
The Dodgers finally ended their losing streak and are hoping their ace can help lead them in the right direction when they begin a three-game series against the visiting Reds on Monday. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA) makes his season debut one day after the Dodgers halted a six-game slide with a 7-1 victory over Milwaukee.
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Kershaw’s latest injury ended his team-record streak of eight consecutive Opening Day starts. The 31-year-old and three-time National League Cy Young Award winner made a rehab start for Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday, allowing two runs and five hits while mowing down six in as many innings.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers have homered in 29 consecutive games dating back to last season– which is three shy of the NL record set in 1999 by Colorado.
The Cincinnati Reds:
- 10-4 in their last 14 games against the National League West
- 7-1 in Castillo’s last eight starts that begin a series
- 6-1 in their last seven games against Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Dodgers:
- 1-6 in their last seven overall
- 1-6 in their last seven games against the National League Central
- 1-6 in their last seven games against right-handed starters