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Dodgers P Ryu to put shutout streak on line vs. Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds
- This very streaky series has seen the Dodgers win 17 of 19 (August 14, 2015 through the 2017 season), the Reds take the next six games, and the Dodgers capture the last four, beginning with the last meeting in 2018. LAD allowed only four earned runs in sweeping three games from the Reds at LA in April.
- The Dodgers lead the NL in run differential with a plus-58 mark, topped by only Houston's plus-87 and Tampa Bay's plus-62. Dodger pitching has yielded only 18 runs in the team's last eight games, recording four shutouts -- the team's first four shutouts this season.
- The Reds have a 3.20 team ERA this month, on pace for the staff's lowest mark in a calendar month (minimum 15 games) since July 2014 (3.19). It would be Cincinnati's lowest ERA in the month of May since 1990, when the Reds had a 2.56 ERA in May, en route to their last World Series win.
- With his .401 batting average and 15 home runs, Cody Bellinger is the second player in the last 60 years to have an average of .400 of higher and 15-plus homers in his team's first 45 games. Manny Ramirez (.405, 15 homers) did it for Boston in 2001. Only one other NL player has done it: Chuck Klein, 1930 Phils.
- Eugenio Suarez has 10 doubles and 13 home runs this season; he is one of five National Leaguers to have reached double figures in both categories. Over his last 12 games, Suarez has a .380 average (19-for-50) with six homers, 15 RBI and a 1.276 OPS.
- The Reds lead the National League with a 3.32 staff ERA; they have not finished first in the NL in ERA since 1940. The Dodgers, who rank third in the NL with a 3.51 ERA in 2019, have led the league in this category 25 times since 1940, including both of the past two seasons.
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Seven of the past 10 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers have involved a shutout, one way or another, and left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has played a big role in the run.
Ryu hasn't allowed a run in his past two starts and has pitched 24 straight scoreless innings overall. He'll try to continue his stretch of dominant pitching when the Dodgers visit the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon.
Ryu (5-1, 1.72 ERA) comes in with the second lowest ERA in the majors behind Zach Davies of the Milwaukee Brewers (1.54).
"He's off to a tremendous start," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
He carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his last start, a 6-0 victory against the visiting Washington Nationals. Before that, he threw a 93-pitch complete game in a 9-0 victory against the visiting Atlanta Braves.
Ryu's dominance hasn't been limited to his recent outings either. He hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his eight starts this season.
"This is just a continuance of what we saw last year," Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. "Hyun-Jin does his homework, he prepares extremely well. He knows the areas he's going to each at-bat. He never tries to do too much of the same thing to the same guy. He has so many weapons to keep them off guard."
The Dodgers shut out the Reds 6-0 in the series opener on Friday night, their second straight shutout, but it was the Reds who were putting up the zeros on Saturday, limiting Los Angeles to four hits in a 4-0 victory.
Tanner Roark (3-2, 3.50 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Reds in the rubber game of the series. He last faced the Dodgers exactly one year ago Sunday when he was with the Nationals, allowing three runs in seven innings of a 4-1 defeat.
Cincinnati manager David Bell said the Dodgers present a challenge for his pitching staff, particularly the right-handers like Roark.
"We definitely have to find ways to get out their left-handed hitters," Bell said. "Not only are they left-handed, but they're good left-handed hitters. We believe in our starters' ability to be able to do that."
The most dangerous left-handed bat in the Los Angeles lineup has been right fielder Cody Bellinger. He went 2-for-3 on Saturday to raise his batting average to a major-league leading .409.
Fellow lefty bats Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Alex Verdugo and Max Muncy also batted in the top five of the lineup for the Dodgers on Saturday and will likely occupy those spots against Roark.
Jose Peraza is expected back in the Reds lineup after he rested on Saturday. The right-handed hitting second baseman is hitting just .203 after hitting .288 in 157 games last season. He's 4-for-7 in his career off Ryu.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto has had similar success off Ryu. He is 4-for-11 with a home run.
Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner did not start Saturday after fouling a pitch off his shin Friday night, but he pinch hit in the ninth and grounded out to end the game.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 18, 2019
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Published: 2015-05-28 13:51:00
Updated: 2016-07-13 10:41:59
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