After a 6-1 victory last night against the Cincinnati Reds, things are looking up for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team has taken the first two of a four game set and look to push their season-high winning streak to four games.
The Dodgers have a good chance of doing just that as Hyun-Jin Ryu is on the mound tonight. He has fared quite well on the road this season. His last start was against the Colorado Rockies where he threw six solid innings en route to a 7-2 Dodgers win. Ryu is 5-0 with a 0.95 ERA in six road starts this season and won his last start against the Reds last month. During that start, Ryu almost threw a perfect game against the Reds, surrendering his first hit to Todd Frazier in the eighth inning. While the left-hander has never started at Great American Ballpark, he has won both of his career starts against the Reds.
On the mound for the Reds is Johnny Cueto. The right-hander is 5-5 on the season with a 1.97 ERA, which is currently the second lowest in the National League. His last start against the Dodgers was against Ryu. In that start, Cueto went 6.1 innings while giving up four runs. Cueto went a season low five innings wile giving up four runs in his start on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cueto is 1-5, despite a 3.19 ERA in seven lifetime starts versus the Dodgers and one of the reasons has been Matt Kemp who is 6-for-12 against him with two home runs.
The Dodger offense has begun showing signs of life as the team has scored 18 runs in their last three games and have outscored their opponents 29-11 on their current road trip. Hanley Ramirez has been hitting the ball well and Justin Turner had his fourth straight multi-hit game last night.
Los Angeles is an major-league best 22-12 on the road this season and have gained two games in the standings to the San Francisco Giants and currently stand at 35-31 while still 7.5 games behind.
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