The Cincinnati Reds will face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon with the winner taking the series after the two teams split the first two games. First pitch is set for 1:10pm. The game is available nationwide on TBS – with no blackout restrictions (as well as Bally Sports Ohio).
Los Angeles Dodgers
|Mookie Betts – RF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Trea Turner – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Justin Turner – 3B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Albert Pujols – 1B||Tyler Stephenson – 1B|
|Corey Seager – SS||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Will Smith – C||Aristides Aquino – LF|
|Chris Taylor – CF||Jose Barrero – CF|
|Gavin Lux – LF||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Clayton Kershaw – SP||Wade Miley – SP|
It’s been a very good season for Wade Miley, but he’s struggled in two of his last three starts – though he sandwiched an 8-strikeout outing against Chicago in the middle.
Teams haven’t started many lefties against Miley this year and for good reason, too. Even the ones who are deemed good enough to face him have hit just .195/.246/.246 against him on the year in 127 trips to the plate. Righties have had more success. They’ve managed to hit .272/.331/.423 on the year in 545 plate appearances against him. He’s given up a .749 OPS at home (.662 on the road) to go with a 2.87 ERA (3.30 on the road).
Pitch usage from 2021
It’s probably not even arguable that Kershaw is the best pitcher of this generation. He’s got a 2.47 ERA in his 14-year career with the Dodgers. He’s having his worst season since his rookie year back in 2008 when he was 20-years-old, and is still dominant for the most part. His ERA this season is 3.33 in 110.2 innings where he’s walked just 20 batters and struck out 132.
Left-handed hitters have next to no shot of success against Kershaw. In 122 plate appearances this year against him they have hit .164/.205/.207 with just three extra-base hits. Right-handed hitters have had more success, hitting .236/.277/.421 against him with 30 extra-base hits. Kershaw has interesting home and road splits. His OPS is just 5 points apart at home versus the road and he’s given up more than twice as many homers at home than the road. But his ERA on the road is 4.10 and at home it’s just 2.74.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 1:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, TBS
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 84°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain
Notes Worth Noting
Jose Barrero is getting his first start of his career in center.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs