Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers
When and Where: Wednesday, April 17, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif., 3:10 p.m. EDT.
Sonny Gray looks to add a win to his early season resurgence with the Cincinnati Reds as they wrap up a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon.
Gray again seeks first win with Reds
Gray (0-2, 2.03 ERA) has done everything but win a game for the Reds since being acquired via trade from the New York Yankees in January. The right-hander was on track for that victory Thursday against Miami, throwing four shutout innings, but he was forced out of Cincinnati’s 5-0 victory early due to a calf contusion suffered on a comebacker in the second inning.
Sonny Gray left Thursday's win over the Marlins early after getting hit by a line drive, but he still managed to keep the #Reds starters' hot streak alive. @JayMorrisonATH on the strong start for the starters. https://t.co/ZX3quFrOCG
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticCIN) April 11, 2019
“It did get me in a decent spot and it did kind of stiffen a little bit,” Gray told MLB.com. “Overall, I think it’s fine. I felt OK. I would have liked to compete and continue to go out there. We made the move to go to the bullpen and they put up five zeroes and we shut them out, won the game and swept the series. It was a great series for us.”
One key reason for Gray’s early improvement has been him cutting down on walks. After averaging 3.94 walks per nine innings last year with the Yankees, it is down to 2.70 after three starts, and all four walks came in his season debut.
Gray’s lone start against the Dodgers was a huge success, throwing a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in a 2-0 victory in 2015. David Freese is 7 for 23 lifetime versus the righty while Russell Martin is 4 for 18.
Buehler trying to shake early funk
Walker Buehler (1-0, 8.25 ERA) has been saved of a worse record thanks to healthy run support as the Dodgers have provided him 15 runs in his 12 innings. The problem is Buehler has given up 11 runs in those 12 innings while opponents are hitting .283.
— Infield Chatter (@InfieldChatter) April 16, 2019
Buehler was unable to grind his way to a win Thursday at St. Louis, giving up five runs in four innings and leaving without a decision before the Dodgers bullpen imploded in an 11-7 defeat.
“The first inning was good, the fourth inning was good, the middle ones in between not so much,” said Buehler, who struck out five and walked two, to MLB.com. “We’ll try to figure some things out, and I feel like we’re getting closer and I’m getting better, but I can’t let innings get away from me like that.”
The right-hander’s season debut March 31 versus Arizona was the first time in 13 seasons he allowed more than two runs in a start at home. Buehler is 4-2 with a 1.88 ERA at Dodger Stadium while holding opponents to a .170 batting average.
Buehler’s lone start against the Reds came last year and was a home loss despite limiting them to two runs and five hits in six innings of a 2-1 defeat. Joey Votto, who was moved into the leadoff spot for Tuesday’s game for the first time this season, is 2 for 3 against Buehler.
The Reds are:
- 2-10 in their last 12 games vs. starters with a WHIP above 1.30.
- 1-10 in their last 11 Wednesday games.
- 1-5 in their last six during game 3 of a series.
The Dodgers are:
- 5-1 in Buehler’s last six home starts.
- 4-0 in Buehler’s last four starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 37-14 in their last 51 during game 3 of a series.