National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 11
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (35-31) at Cincinnati Reds (29-34), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-2, 3.08)
Cincinnati - Johnny Cueto (5-5, 1.97)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Korean-born lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu makes his third career
start against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night when the Los Angeles
Dodgers visit them for the third of four games at Great American Ball Park.
The 27-year-old won 14 games in his initial big-league season and notched two
of those wins against the Reds while tossing 14 1/3 innings and stifling them
to the tune of just five hits and four runs with one walk and 16 strikeouts.
Reds batters managed just a .109 average against him.
Ryu's been a slam-dunk commodity in six road starts in 2014, winning all five
decisions while holding foes to a .204 average and just four runs in 38
innings of work.
He's won four consecutive starts overall, including a road date at Colorado on
June 6 in which he gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings of a 7-2
Ryu faces Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto, who began the season with four wins in
five decisions but has since slumped to just one win in his last four.
Cueto was pulled after his shortest outing of the season in his last start on
June 6 against Philadelphia after allowing four runs on six hits in just five
innings. The loss raised his earned run average from 1.68 to 1.97.
He gave up 10 runs in his first 11 starts of 2014, but has been tagged for 16
in the last four, including eight in a 9-4 loss to Washington on May 20 that
began the skid.
Cueto's won just once in seven career starts against the Dodgers while posting
a respectable 3.19 ERA and holding Los Angeles hitters to a .247 average.
On Tuesday, Josh Beckett allowed just two hits and a walk over six scoreless
innings to help the Dodgers to a 6-1 win over the Reds.
Beckett (4-3), who dropped his last two starts after a no-hitter against the
Phillies on May 25, struck out seven and allowed one runner past first in the
win. He has now given up two earned runs or less in six of his last seven
Hanley Ramirez knocked in two runs and Adrian Gonzalez had a pair of doubles
for the Dodgers.
Reds starter Mike Leake (3-6) was knocked around for five runs on nine hits
with seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.
06/11 10:34:28 ET