Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick - 9/6/13
2013-09-06 06:10:00 EDT
The Cincinnati Reds host the Los Angeles Dodgers in a possible preview of a playoff match up.
The Dodgers have taken the National League West by storm, which is putting it mildly, with both their offense and pitching clicking on all cylinders. Los Angeles has won seven of ten, which is almost a slump considering how they have been playing. The team did prove to be mortal in a 7-5 loss at Colorado, with starter Edinson Volquez getting hammered for four runs on six hits in four frames before Carlos Marmol allowed three 7th inning runs. The bats totaled eleven hits, yet still fell short with newly acquired Michael Young driving in two runs. Left-hander Chris Capuano takes the ball in game one at Great American Ball Park. Capuano might be the weak link in the Dodgers rotation, with a record of 4-7 with a 4.50 ERA, while the team is 11-8 in his starts.
Cincinnati is right in the middle of the National League Central race in third, while the Cardinals and Pirates flip flop in first. Whether the Reds win the division or not, they look like postseason material, with the Wild Card in hand and no real challengers to worry about. Cincy has won three of four following a 6-2 decision against visiting St Louis, with great pitching and hitting too much for the Cardinals to handle. Starter Tony Cingrani showed no ill effects from a back problem, with both runs allowed on four hits and a trio of free passes through 5.1 innings. The bats turned to the power game, with Shin-Soo Choo and Jay Bruce leaving the yard, while Todd Frazier blasted two bombs. Cincinnati needs Mike Leake to get back to his early season success when he squares off with the dangerous Dodgers lineup Friday. Leake has been struggling lately with an ERA over eight in his last three.
I am not a big fan of Capuano, but when I look at this game further I can’t help but notice how much Leake has struggled as of late. The pitching looks like a crap shoot and I give Capuano a slight edge and that’s scary.