Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers
When and Where: Tuesday, April 16, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif., 10:10 p.m. EDT.
A run, any run, will do for Tyler Mahle.
The Reds pitcher looks to continue his stellar start and get run support for the first time this season Tuesday night when Cincinnati continues its three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mahle off to impressive start
Something has clearly clicked for Mahle (0-0, 0.82 ERA) to start his second full season in the Reds rotation, as the right-hander has allowed only a solo homer and six other hits over 11 innings while striking out 12 in his first two outings of 2019.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 11, 2019
Mahle’s lone mistake in five innings Wednesday against Miami was the third-inning homer to Neil Walker. The Reds got him off the hook for the loss by rallying late for a 2-1 victory, but they have yet to score a run for the righty while he’s been on the mound.
“Talk about competing, that’s exactly what he did,” manager David Bell told the Cincinnati Enquirer after Mahle walked four and struck out seven. “It wasn’t easy for him but he actually continued to get better. He was stronger at the end, which I know he has a tendency to do that. It’s a great quality.”
Bell has been cautious with Mahle, who did not throw 90 pitches in either start. He has held opponents to a .187 batting average and two extra-base hits thus far, clear improvements after serving up 22 gopher balls in 112 innings as a rookie last year.
Mahle had a solid outing in beating Los Angeles last year in his only appearance versus the Dodgers, conceding an unearned run and three hits while walking four in five innings of a 4-1 Reds win.
Maeda looks to shake off rough outing for Dodgers
Kenta Madea (2-1, 4.76) endured a rough start like most of the Dodgers’ rotation in their recently ended six-game losing streak, getting reached for five runs and seven hits of a 7-2 loss at St. Louis on Wednesday. The big blow was a two-run homer that capped a three-run sixth for the Cardinals and ended his evening.
Kenta Maeda's final line today: 5 IP, 4H, 1ER, 4BB, 4K pic.twitter.com/MDURWE1srX
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 5, 2019
Maeda has split two-lifetime starts versus the Reds, losing the lone outing last year when he gave up five runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-2 defeat at home. The righty also picked up a save versus Cincinnati in his first career matchup in 2017.
The Reds are:
- 4-0 in Mahle’s last four starts during game 2 of a series.
- 4-1 in their last five games vs. right-handed starters.
The Dodgers are:
- 2-5 in Maeda’s last seven starts.
- 0-4 in Maeda’s last four starts during game 2 of a series.
- 1-4 in Meade’s last five Tuesday starts.