Corey Seager Batting 2nd, Max Muncy abandoned at cleanup spot
The Los Angeles Dodgers saw their six-game winning streak interrupted in a 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday and are now looking to get back on track in the second of a three-game series at the Great American Ball Park.
Max Scherzer is making his 28th overall start of the season and ninth as a member of the Dodgers. He’s been simply dominant since being acquired by LA on the MLB trade deadline, posting a 6-0 record with an ERA of 0.88, 1.26 FIP and 0.67 WHIP in 51 innings pitched.
Scherzer comes off a near-perfect outing against the San Diego Padres in which he allowed just one hit in eight scoreless innings with nine strikeouts.
The future Hall of Fame notched his 3,000th career strikeout in the contest, becoming only the 19th pitcher in MLB history to reach the threshold.
Scherzer had previously faced the Reds on May 25 while still with the Washington Nationals, and received a no-decision after giving up two runs on five hits in five innings pitched.
Cincinnati versus with Sonny Gray, who is looking to build on a strong start against the St. Louis Cardinals. He allowed just two runs on three hits in seven innings of work while recording six strikeouts on a walk.
Gray for the season is 7-7, 3.80 ERA, 3.77 FIP and 1.19 WHIP in 120.2 innings over 23 starts with 141 strikeouts versus 42 walks.
The right-hander made his only other start against the Dodgers this year on April 28 and suffered a tough loss after allowing just two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings with 11 strikeouts, a season-high.
After making a notable appearance in Friday’s series opener, Chris Taylor returns to the Dodgers lineup for the first time since September 10, scoring the sixth and playing center.
Gavin Lux is also back in the Dodgers roster after being struck out of Friday’s contest with what the team described as a right forearm injury.
Lux’s return was necessary in part due to Cody Bellinger’s pain following an undisplaced fracture of his left ribs.
The Dodgers lineup also looks a bit different as Corey Seager is second at batting, with Max Muncy dropped out at the cleanup point.
The Dodgers lineup
RF: Mookie Betts
SS: Corey Seager
2B: Trea Turner
1B: Max Muncy
3B: Justin Turner
CF: Chris Taylor
LF: Gavin Lux
C: Austin Barnes
P: Max Scherzer
The range of reds
2B: Jonathan India
LF: Max Schrock
RF: Nick Castellanos
1B: Joey Votto
3B: Mike Moustakas
SS: Kyle Farmer
C: Tucker Barnhart
CF: Delino DeShields
P: Sonny Gray
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