The Dodgers welcome Reds-hot Cincinnati to town tonight, in a place that has given the Reds trouble for some time. The Dodgers have beaten the Reds 12 straight times at Dodger Stadium, dating back to 2006. The last loss to Cincinnati at home was on July 28, 2005, a game started for the Dodgers by Rule 5 pick D.J. Houlton.
Tonight, the Dodgers will send another Rule 5 pick to the bump, with Carlos Monasterios starting in place of Vicente Padilla, who has a bulging disk in his neck. Monasterios, who has excelled in relatively low leverage relief outings with a 2.32 ERA (and 4.25 FIP & 4.49 xFIP) in 31 innings, has made eight starts this season. In those eight starts, Monasterios has had mixed results, but overall the numbers aren't good: just over four and a half innings per start, 3.93 strikeouts per nine innings, a 4.91 ERA, 6.20 FIP, and 5.48 xFIP.
Joe Torre said yesterday that Monasterios, whose last start was July 30, would be good to throw 80 to 90 pitches tonight.
Homer Bailey missed nearly three months with a shoulder injury, but was activated last weekend to throw six shutout innings against the Marlins on Sunday. Matt Kemp has four hits in eight at-bats against Bailey, including a home run.
- The Dodgers have actually made three trips to Cincinnati since the Reds last came to Dodger Stadium. This season, the Dodgers lost two of three in April, but beat the Reds two out of three in June.
- Cincinnati may have lost 12 straight games at Dodger Stadium, but these aren't your slightly older brother's Reds. They have a three and a half game lead in the NL Central, and at 34-25 have the second-best road record in the National League this season.
- Ted Lilly's game last night was the 45th shutout by an LA Dodger with at least 11 strikeouts, a list that includes three of the four no-hitters by Sandy Koufax.
- In four games this week, Dodger starting pitchers have allowed three runs in 30 innings
- The Dodgers have scored 47 runs in six games against the Reds this season, and allowed 34 runs
- Manny Ramirez is playing his third rehab game in as many nights tonight for the Inland Empire 66ers in San Bernardino. Ramirez is batting leadoff and playing left field.
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Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket