Dodgers Vs. Reds Preview: Haren Looks To Limit Reds’ Home Runs
After winning two of three games at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ road trip now takes them to Cincinnati for a four-game set.
The Dodgers turn to Dan Haren who comes into today’s contest with a 5-4 record and 3.50 ERA. He has struggled of late, posting an 0-3 record with a 4.88 ERA in his last four starts. Haren has also bee vulnerable to giving up the long ball, allowing seven home runs in his last 24 innings.
The Reds might not be the best matchup for Haren to bounce back from his recent sturggles, as the right-hander has allowed 11 home runs to the Reds in eight appearances. In his seven career starts against the Reds, Haren is 3-3 with a 4.95 ERA.
One player that can give the Dodgers problems is right fielder Jay Bruce. He has five homers and eight RBIs in his last 10 games against Los Angeles.
Should Haren’s problems on the mound continue, the Dodgers bullpen will be well-rested as they’ve only pitched 11.2 innings over the last four games.
It’s a similar story for the Reds, as they hand the ball to Tony Cingrani. The left-hander owns a 2-6 record with a 4.09 ERA this season. Since returning from shoulder tendinitis, he’s given up seven homers in 22.2 innings.
In his last start against the Dodgers, Cingrani struck out a career high 11 batters. He allowed one hit and issued one walk over seven innings of work, but received a no-decision in the Reds’ 1-0 loss.
Cincinnati is seeking it’s fourth straight home victory against Los Angeles. The Dodgers are looking to continue their consistent road play as they are tied with the San Francisco Giants for the best road record in the National League at 20-12.
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