Sunday Night Baseball: Dodgers at Reds
The Reds clinched the NL Central title Saturday with a 6-0 victory over the Dodgers. The two clubs square off again on Sunday Night Baseball.
Homer Bailey has been a streaky pitcher for the Reds this season. The righty has a respectable 12-9 record with a 3.82 ERA overall and has allowed just five earned runs over his last four starts. Bailey had surrendered 22 runs over a five-start span prior to his recent hot streak.
HARANG MEET YOUR FORMER TEAM
Former Cincinnati hurler Aaron Harang gets the ball for the Dodgers. He’s 9-10 with a 3.80 ERA but has suffered from control issues lately. The right-hander has walked more batters than he’s struck out in three of his last four starts. However, he has an uncanny ability to wiggle out of jams, holding opponents to three runs or less in eight straight games.
The Dodgers’ playoff hopes may rest on the availability of staff ace Clayton Kershaw down the stretch. The lefty’s injured hip is adding to the strain already put on a depleted rotation by injuries. Ted Lilly and Chad Billingsley were in the mix, but both are done for the season with shoulder and elbow ailments. The Reds’ injury list is much shorter, but there is some concern about closer Aroldis Chapman’s fatigued throwing shoulder. The Cincinnati bullpen is already thin without the services of Nick Masset (shoulder) and Ryan Madson (elbow).
*Dodgers are 0-4 in Harang’s last four Sunday starts.
*The Reds have played over the total in Bailey’s last four starts vs. NL West opponents.
*Cincinnati is 25-10 in its last 35 Sunday games.
HITTERS TO WATCH
Ryan Ludwick is 14-for-36 vs. Harang.
Scott Rolen is 5-for-31 vs. Harang.
Adrian Gonzalez is 6-for-12 vs. Bailey.
Matt Kemp is 4-for-11 vs. Bailey.