Unfortunately, it's not going to get any easier, Reds Country. After being swept at Great American Ball Park over the weekend by the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cincinnati Reds (23-43) welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Queen City to conclude a six-game homestand.
Quality starting pitching was nowhere to be found for the Redlegs against the Brew Crew. Cincinnati's trio of starters, Hunter Greene, Graham Ashcraft, and Mike Minor, all allowed at least four earned runs, and only the southpaw, Minor, completed six innings of work.
As play begins today, the Reds find themselves a season-high 20 games under .500 and in the basement of the National League Central 14 games back of the division-leading Brewers. Following a winning month of May, the Reds are just 6-12 in June, and what's equally disturbing, they're a terrible 12-20 at GABP.
The struggling Reds welcome the Dodgers to GABP for 3 games.
Of course, the Dodgers are not experiencing the same difficulties as their hosts. Sitting atop the National League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers (40-25) have the second-best record in the senior circuit and is a blistering 20-13 away from Chavez Ravine despite stumbling to a 7-9 mark through the first three weeks of June.
Rest assured, the LA offense will make the Reds' pitching staff work. The Dodgers' .328 team OBP is the second-best in the NL. Additionally, it would be wise for the Cincinnati catching tandem of Aramis Garcia and Chris Okey to get a good night's rest. LA's 44 stolen bases trail only the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins for theft supremacy in the league.
To say the Dodgers are dominant on the mound is an understatement. Their 2.91 team ERA is the best in the National League by a wide margin. Four members of the starting rotation have an ERA south of 2.82. In addition, they've yielded the fewest hits (454) and bases on balls (169) among NL clubs.
To absolutely no one's surprise, the Reds' .349 winning percentage versus Los Angeles is their worst against any National League oppnent over the last decade. After sweeping the four-game set at Dodger Stadium earlier this season, LA looks to hold Cincinnati winless in the season series for the first time since the 2017 campaign.