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Dodgers Look To Continue Sweeping Success

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After the Dodgers have won the first two games of this series in Cincinnati, one can't help but sense a pattern.  Here are the results of the last four Dodger series against primarily red teams:

Date Opponent   Result
May 10-12 @Arizona   Dodgers swept
May 31-Jun 2   
Arizona   Dodgers swept
Jun 7-9 St. Louis   Dodgers swept
June 11-13 Anaheim   Dodgers got swept

I submit that there is no team as primarily red as the Reds, so perhaps another sweep is in order.  I wonder how the next two series -- against the Red Sox and Angels, two more red foes -- will play out.

But, first things first.  We still have a game left in Cincinnati.  The Dodgers have had five opportunities to sweep a three-game series, and are 4-1 in those games, including 2-0 on the road.

John Ely gets the call today, trying to turn things around after the first slump of his brief career.  He has allowed four runs in five innings in each of his last two starts.  After allowing no home runs over 46 innings with eight walks and 37 strikeouts in his first seven starts, Ely has allowed three homers in his last 10 innings, with five walks and four strikeouts.

Bronson Arroyo has seen a sharp decline in his strikeout rate:

Arroyo w/Reds G IP IP/start W-L BB/9 K/9 ERA ERA+ WHIP
2006-2008 103 651.1 6.32 38-37 2.69 6.95 4.05 113 1.333
2009-2010 46 306.2 6.67 20-16 2.82 5.11 4.11 104 1.278

Over his last eight starts, Arroyo has just 24 strikeouts.  Of course, he has averaged just over seven innings per start during that time, and is 4-1 with a 3.97 ERA.

Rolen With The Flow

Scott Rolen had a humorous take on his ejection last night, per Mark Sheldon of MLB.com:

"You guys missed it. He was saying 'are you tired? Did you sleep well last night after a long night?' I said 'no, how about you?' He said 'why don't you go in and sit in the cold tub and get ready for tomorrow's day game.' I said 'that'd be great.' That was it. I'm not sure what it looked like."

Notes

  • Just two of Ely's 13 walks on the season have come around to score.
  • Rafael Furcal has the most career plate appearances against Arroyo, with seven singles and a walk in 29 PA, hitting .250/.276/.250.  Andre Ethier (.368/.429/.684, three doubles and a homer in 21 PA) and James Loney (.471/.500/.882, two doubles, a triple, and a homer in 18 PA) have enjoyed success off Arroyo.
  • James Loney leads the club with 22 multi-hit games this season, including each of the last three
  • The Dodgers are 11-8 in day games this season

Game Time: 9:35 a.m

TV:  Prime Ticket

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