Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds
The Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off on Saturday in game two of their series in Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Reds are down to a magic number of one as with a win or a Cardinals loss they will clinch the NL Central. On Friday Joey Votto, Scott Rolen, and Xavier Paul each had hits as the Reds scored one run on four hits in all. On the mound Bronson Arroyo allowed six hits and a run while striking out four over eight innings to not factor in the decision as Sam LeCure took the loss. For Saturday’s game Cincinnati starts Mat Latos who hasn’t had a decision in his last two starts but won his two prior decisions. For the year Latos has allowed 166 hits and 79 earned runs while striking out 171 over 189.1 innings of work for a 3.76 ERA.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are still holding onto post season hopes as with Friday’s win they are just two games out of the final Wildcard spot. Matt Kemp had three hits and Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier had hits as the Dodgers scored three runs on seven hits. On the mound Joe Blanton allowed four hits and a run while striking out six over 5.2 innings to not factor in the decision as it was Ronald Belisario who got the win and Brandon League who earned his fourth save. For Saturday’s game Los Angeles starts Stephen Fife who has three no decisions and a loss in his four starts this year. For the season Fife has allowed 20 hits and six earned runs while striking out 16 over 21.2 innings of work for a 2.49 ERA.
Cincinnati is 6-2 in their last eight games against the NL West, 47-23 in their last 70 games overall, and 20-7 in Latos’ last 27 starts. Los Angeles is 10-3 in their last 13 games against the NL Central, 3-5 in their last eight road games, and 4-9 in their last 13 games against a right handed starter. Los Angeles is 36-17 in the last 53 meetings of these two.
Cincinnati has struggled against the Dodgers but they will be cracking open the champagne in Cincinnati after this one as they clinch the Central.
Cincinnati Reds -140 Los Angeles Dodgers