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Game Preview: Dodgers Try to Finally Beat Reds as Stripling Makes First Start Since August

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Jul 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling (68) on the mound against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds

Time: 9:35 AM PT

Venue: Great American Ball Park

Cincinnati Record: 63-83

Los Angeles Record: 78-67

How are the Dodgers Doing?

In six games against the Reds this year, the Dodgers have yet to win a game and have been outscored, 33-16. Coming into this season, the Dodgers had won 17 of their previous 19 games against the Reds.

Why is this Game Important?

Despite losing on Tuesday, the Dodgers remain in second place in the division by 1.5 games. The Rockies lost their game to the Diamondbacks, 6-3. Arizona trails the NL West leas by 2.5 games.

Pitching Matchup

Ross Stripling (8-3, 2.61 ERA) vs Anthony DeSclafani (7-4, 4.56 ERA)

Ross Stripling makes his first start for the Dodgers since August 9. He had missed the the last month with an issue in his lower back. He made one relief appearance this month, allowing one hit in 0.1 innings in Colorado.

Anthony DeSclafani takes the hill for Cincinnati, looking for his eighth win of the year. He has not pitched past the fourth inning in both of his starts this month, after pitching into the seventh inning in each of his five starts in August.

Matchup of the Day

Joc Pederson vs Anthony Desclafani

Joc Pederson provided the lone Dodger run on Tuesday with his 20th blast of the season. He has now reached the 20 home run mark in three of his first four seasons in the majors

In six career at-bats against Desclafani, Pederson has two hits, including a home run.

Vegas Odds

Odds Sharks

Moneyline Consensus

Los Angeles: -182

Reds: +173

FiveThirtyEight

Los Angeles: 55% chance of winning

Reds: 45% chance of winning

Fun Fact

Anthony DeSclafani made his major league debut on May 14, 2014, at Dodger Stadium, and picked up the win after pitching six innings for the Marlins.

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Written by Arthur Cribbs

Arthur Cribbs is a journalism student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan and when he is not at school, he resides in Los Angeles.

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