LOS ANGELES -- The two Home Run Derby finalists meet for the first time in a month as the Dodgers host the Reds at Dodger Stadium. But both Joc Pederson and Todd Frazier, both All-Stars this season, have struggled mightily since the break.
Pederson's struggles have been well chronicled though he has been showing signs of life of late. Since the break Pederson is hitting .176/.322/.257 with one home run n 22 games and 91 plate appearances.
He hit 20 home runs in 89 games prior to the midsummer classic in Cincinnati, hitting .230/.364/.487.
Frazier, who bested Pederson in the final round in a thrilling Home Run Derby, is hitting just .177/.221/.333 with three home runs in 25 games since then. He started to pick it up in San Diego with four hits in his last two games, including a home run and a double on Tuesday, and another double on Wednesday.
Frazier hit .284/.337/.585 with 25 home runs before the break.
Both are in their respective lineups in Thursday's series opener, with Frazier hitting cleanup and playing third base for Cincinnati, and Pederson in center field batting seventh for the Dodgers.
Billy Hamilton has a major-league-best 52 stolen bases this season and has been caught only seven times, a phenomenal 88.1-percent success rate. But he also has a .269 on-base percentage, and as such is batting ninth on Thursday, the 54th time this season he has done so.
Reds pitcher Keyvius Sampson bats eighth.
A.J. Ellis gets the start at catcher on Thursday, with the Dodgers playing their 10th of 13 straight days with a game.