The Dodgers are coming off of an excellent homestand in which they won 7 out of 9 games facing off against the Braves, Nationals, and Padres. The team scored a collective 44 runs and their starting pitchers were phenomenal, boosting the team to 4.5 games up over the Diamondbacks in the west.
The Dodgers will head to Cincinnati for the weekend to take on Yasiel Puig and the Reds for three games. The Reds are coming off of back-to-back wins over the streaking Cubs on Wednesday and Thursday, so they are riding a bit of a hot streak.
Let’s take a look at how the pitching match-ups break down.
Friday– Rich Hill vs. Anthony DeSclafani
Saturday– Walker Buehler vs. Tyler Mahle
Sunday- Hyun-jin Ryu vs. Tanner Roark
Rich Hill will get things started for Los Angels on Friday evening, looking to bounce back from three very mediocre starts. The 14-year veteran last pitched against the Nationals on Thursday of last week, and it did not go well. Hill allowed a three-run shot to former Dodger Howie Kendrick in the first inning, and the Nationals never looked back. The good news is that he went on to pitch 4 scoreless innings after that, so there is still hope. He faces off against Anthony DeSclafani, who just gave up 4 runs in 4 innings against the Giants last Saturday.
Walker Buehler gets the start on Saturday, looking to continue off of his best outing of the season from last Saturday. Buehler tossed 7 shutout innings against the Nationals in that game, striking out 7 and allowing just 4 hits. He will go up against Tyler Mahle who also just allowed 4 runs against the Giants last week.
Hyun-jin Ryu, the Dodgers best pitched in the month of May, will get the call again Sunday. Ryu is currently riding a scoreless innings streak of 24 innings. Ryu most recently blanked the Nationals over 8 innings and allowed just 1 hit on Sunday.
Working on notes for Ryu's start on Sunday…he's been ridiculous of late (24 consecutive scoreless), but what's crazy is he isn't even halfway to what Orel did in 1988. What a run that was. We may never see anything like it again
— Rick Krajewski (@Rick_K21) May 17, 2019
Matchups to Watch
Joey Votto vs. Hyun-jin Ryu
This one should be interesting to watch on Sunday. Votto is a notoriously good hitter, and he has demonstrated that against Ryu in the past. The first baseman out of Canada has done very well against Ryu, going 4-11(.364) and taking him deep once. It will be interesting to see which streak prevails, given that Votto is hitting just 164 in the month of May.
Corey Seager vs. The Reds
Seager has been a phenomenal hitter when facing off against the Reds in his career. Over 66 plate appearances, he is slashing 365/500/577 with 2 home runs and 12 runs driven in. Seager has also started to get hot over the last couple of games as well, going 5-11 over the last 3 games. This weekend will be a great opportunity for Seager to bust out of his season funk.
The Dodgers took all three games from the Reds in early April, and that was against much tougher pitching. The Reds are also the 5th worst team in the National League in run production and 2nd worst in team batting average so they may be in some trouble. The Dodgers will have to get to their starting itching early though, as Cincinnati’s bullpen is ranked as the best in the National League in team ERA.