July 24, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) scores on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Brandon Phillips (4, not pictured) against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at AT

Reds Take Hot Bats to Los Angeles

San Fransisco was a very kind place to the Reds this week. During a four-game set in San Fran that included a Tuesday double-header, the Reds won 3 of 4 games and scored a grand total of 31 runs and gave up just 11 to the Giants.

Sweet, sweet revenge was on the mind of Reds fans everywhere going into this past series, but now, now things are a little different. The Reds are heading to LA to take on the ridiculously hot Los Angeles Dodgers, a team that it seems hasn’t lost since early June.

Thursday Mat Latos (9-3,3.53 ERA) vs Zack Greinke (8-2,3.86 ERA)
Friday Homer Bailey (5-9, 3.84ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (9-6,2.01 ERA)
Saturday Bronson Arroyo (9-7,3.19 ERA) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (8-3, 3.25 ERA)
Sunday Tony Cingrani (4-1, 3.18 ERA) vs. Chris Capuano (3-6, 5.03ERA)

It’s important to note that these probables could possibly change, the Reds have the situation with Tuesday starter Greg Reynolds being out of options and the Dodgers just activated Ted Lilly off of the 15 day DL to give Matt Kemp his regularly scheduled visit to the disabled list.

If you’re curious about the Dodgers, here’s what they’re doing on their current run. The Dodgers are 53-47, in first place in the NL West by 1.5 games over the Arizona Diamondbacks, they have won their last six games and eight of their last ten.

So yes, the Reds have to play some really good Baseball. In limited action this season the Dodgers have seen shortstop Hanley Ramirez look better possibly than he ever has (.381 10 HR 31 RBI .438 OBP) and have had the fortune of super rookie Yaisel Puig (.376 9HR 22RBI .417 OBP).

One question that surrounds the Reds in this series, with the possibility of Ryan Hanigan coming off the DL this weekend, how in the world can you sit Devin Mesoraco after his performance in San Fransisco?

Mesoraco ONLY did this in San Fran… 8/16 (.500) 2HR 7RBI 3R, just another day at the office.

Both of these teams have played extremely well since the All Star Break and have competed for their respected divisions. Who wins the battle of Brennaman vs. Vin Scully? We’ll find out this weekend.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds Los Angeles Dodgers MLB NL Central

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