Sizzling Jonathan India and the Reds look to extend their dominance over the Rockies at GABP

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India / Dylan Buell/GettyImages
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The recently concluded series with the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals was filled with missed opportunities for the Reds. In Wednesday night's 13-inning rubber match loss, the Cincinnati Reds (51-78) managed to dent the plate only three times despite collecting 14 hits and seven free passes courtesy of a generous Redbirds' pitching staff.

As a result of all the traffic on the base paths and failing to cross home plate, Cincinnati left an unfathomable 19 men on base. If that's not enough salt in the wound, the Redlegs had two men gunned down at the plate in extra innings.

Wednesday's defeat brought a brutal month of August to a close. In a month that saw longtime rotation stalwart Tyler Mahle dealt to the Minnesota Twins, the Reds were saddled with a miserable 11-17 mark.

Can Jonathan India and the Reds continue their dominance over the Rockies at GABP?

However, there's reason to be optimistic Reds Country because the Colorado Rockies (56-76) are visiting the Queen City. The Masters golf tournament is described as a tradition unlike any other and that same tagline could be applied to the Rockies when examining their home and road record splits.

Once the Rockies leave the thin Colorado air, wins are always few and far between. Playing at Coors Field, the Rox are an impressive 36-32 compared to the abysmal 20-44 mark they sport away from home.

Entering play Thursday, Colorado's .261 team batting average was tied for the top spot, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the National League. However, their 115 homers equal the Miami Marlins' paltry total, for the second-fewest among senior circuit clubs.

As usual, the pitching mound has provided nightly headaches for the Rockies faithful. Their 5.05 staff ERA was the second worst mark in the NL, while the Rox 1.46 WHIP resides in the basement of the league, as play began yesterday.

Over the last decade, Colorado holds a razor-thin 31-30 advantage over the Redlegs. Nevertheless, Cincinnati has won five of the last six contests at Great American Ball Park, including a three-game sweep of the Rockies last year.