After taking the first game of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds behind a strong pitching performance from Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers number two starter Zack Greinke will look to continue not only his own hot streak of successful outings, but also the current trend of strong starts from Josh Beckett and Ryu.
Greinke enters Tuesday night’s game with a 7-1 record and an ERA just above two at 2.01. In Greinke’s last start, he struggled a bit, only pitching five innings, but still only gave up one run on four hits in a 5-3 loss to the New York Mets.
The Reds will send Alfredo Simon to the mound to oppose Greinke. Simon enters the game with a 6-2 record and an ERA of 2.31. Simon has been a pleasant surprise for the Reds this season as he’s become a quality number two starter and a very good compliment to Johnny Cueto.
Simon comes into tonight’s game off an impressive outing against the Washington Nationals. He pitched seven innings, only allowing one run on five hits and struck out six batters on his way to his sixth win of the season.
Hanley Ramirez returns to the Dodger lineup after missing four games with a sore left calf. He will bat fourth behind Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers will be without center fielder Matt Kemp for the fifth consecutive game. The Dodgers believe that Kemp is still not feeling 100 percent and at times has looked “sluggish” in the outfield.
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