The Dodgers send one of the best daytime pitchers in baseball to the hill in facing off against the NL Central-leading Reds.
Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers
Cincinnati had its season-high seven-game win streak snapped in Saturday’s 8-5 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Reds lead is now 3 1/2 games in the NL Central race with the Cardinals grabbing a victory over the Giants. “You get spoiled winning,” Baker said. “When you’re winning a lot, you think you’re going to win every game even though you know you’re not.” The club is 4-4 on the West Coast this season, but is still a dismal 17-36 on the West Coast over the last five seasons, which included a 12-game losing streak at today’s venue. Cincinnati has compiled a 22-11 record since the All-Star break that gives them the second-best record in the majors over that span. The Reds have also produced a 14-2-1 mark in their last 17 series. It’s important to note the team is just 8-11 when playing winning opponents in the second half of the season (-330).
The Dodgers are suffering through another period of injuries that eventually might end the team’s playoff chances.
Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers
Washington took two of three games against the Dodgers in a three-game series in the nation’s capital back in April 23-25, limiting them to five runs over that span. The Nationals suffered a 8-4 defeat to the Diamondbacks last night, as they commited three fielding errors that led to four runs. “Obviously, we played sloppy,” said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. “We need to clean that up.” With 109 games in the books, the team’s 48 wins to date easily surpasses the 36 victories they earned at this point last season. Washington has struggled on the road as of late, posting a 10-31 mark outside of the DC area since May 13. The Nationals are 20-38 overall on the road (-790) and the total is 25-29 O/U in those games. Don’t forget to bet this team during August, going 31-33 over the last three years for a surprisingly healthy profit (+1,140).
Both of tonight’s starting pitchers are searching for their first career victory in this NL West rivalry.
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles looks to avoid being swept in this three-game weekend series, after dropping a 2-1 contest on Saturday night to the Giants at AT&T Park. The loss was the Dodgers’ fourth straight, leaving them seven games behind first-place San Diego and 5.5 games back of today’s opponent in the NL Wild Card race. “All we’re doing is digging ourselves a deeper hole that we’re going to have to come back out of if we expect to do anything,” manager Joe Torre said. The team was shorthanded on Saturday due to the trade of Blake Dewitt, Andre Ethier going home to see the birth of his second child and Manny Ramirez still on the disabled list. Los Angeles is 9-7 when playing on Sunday this year (+70) and 37-33 on this day the past three seasons (-160). The club is still 26-15 at tonight’s venue since the 2006 season and have a solid 25-12 record against the division (+1,320).
Tonight’s pitching matchup at Dodger Stadium is arguably the best you’ll find all season in the National League West.
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco moved into second place in the National League West with Monday’s 5-2 road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, as they sit four games behind the division-leading Padres. The Giants are still just 2-5 against the Dodgers this season and the team is a dismal 10-20 against divisional opponents (-1,300). The numbers get even worse considering the team is 4-11 in road games against the West in 2010. The club has now won 10 of its last 12 contests and are the second-hottest team in the Majors since July 3rd, posting an 11-3 record. The pitching staff has led the charge out of the All-Star break, especially the starting rotation tossing five consecutive quality starts. It’s been an even venture when the team is a road underdog of +100 to +125, posting an 8-8 record this season (+60) and 27-27 mark over the last three years (+330).
The two teams that make up the Southern California Freeway Series are heading in opposite directions.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Dodgers left Boston without picking up a victory, after losing a 2-0 pitcher’s duel on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. “They did many things better,” said Dodgers catcher Russell Martin. “They’re a tough team to beat.” The club returns to the Southern California area after a day off to face a team that swept them the previous weekend. Manager Joe Torre’s club is 2-7 (-660) during interleague play this year and 16-26 (-1,330) the last three seasons. Outfielders Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp hope to lead the offense on Tuesday night against a right-handed starter. Ethier is batting .331 this season against righties compared to .295 versus southpaws, while Kemp has hit 10 of his 11 home runs against them.
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