The reeling Dodgers face the reeling Reds for three games in Cincinnati beginning Tuesday night, a rematch of the four-game series a week and a half ago in Los Angeles, of which three games were won by the home team. Here is a look at the probable pitchers for the three games from Great American Ball Park.
Tuesday, 4:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
It has only been four starts, but the Dodgers career of Alex Wood has featured a discernible pattern - strong out of the gate, only to fade perhaps earlier than anyone wants. The first two times through the batting order, Wood has held hitters to .242/.292/.333, with 15 strikeouts and five walks; but the third time through, hitters are batting .333/.462/.667 with two strikeouts and four walks. In his first five innings of Dodgers starts, Wood has allowed a combined six runs in 20 innings, with 16 strikeouts and seven walks. The rest of the way, he has allowed seven runs in 3⅓ innings, with four walks and just one strikeout.
John Lamb made his major league debut on Aug. 14, and Tuesday will be his third start. On the positive side, Lamb has struck out 15 of 51 major league batters faced (a 29.4-percent strikeout rate) against only two walks. But the left-hander has also allowed eight runs on 17 hits, including two home runs and three doubles, in 11⅓ innings.
Wednesday, 4:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Brett Anderson has allowed seven home runs in his last seven starts, after allowing seven home runs in his first 17 starts of the season. He got the win against the Reds on Aug. 15 in Los Angeles, pitching a quality start allowing three runs in six innings.
Fellow southpaw David Holmberg got obliterated at Dodger Stadium that same night, allowing three home runs and seven runs while recording only six outs. In his other four starts this season, Holmberg has a 4.36 ERA, wiith 14 strikeouts and 10 walks in 22⅔ innings.
Thursday, 9:35 a.m. (SportsNet LA)
The final a.m. start of the season is on Thursday morning's getaway day, with Zack Greinke the main course for breakfast baseball. Greinke this season in seven daytime starts is 6-0 with a 1.47 ERA, with 47 strikeouts and eight walks in 49⅔ innings.
The Dodgers face a right-hander in the series finale in Anthony DeSclafani, who pitched well at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 16, allowing only two solo home runs — one by Greinke — in defeat. DeSclafani has a 5.85 ERA in 11 home starts this season, but in his last three starts in Cincinnati has also walked none and struck out 17 in 16 innings. He also allowed five home runs in those three games, and 14 runs, losing twice.