If there was such a thing as a one-sided series in baseball, this would be it. The Dodgers are 22-5 in their last 27 meetings with Cincinnati overall. Off a rare loss to the Reds last night, look for the Dodgers to bounce back Wednesday. Aaron Harang is washed up, but somehow is still tagged as the Reds’ Ace. Harang is 0-2 with a monster 7.87 ERA this season, and he’s just 2-4 with a 4.78 ERA in his career when facing the Dodgers. He has been blown up by L.A. recently as the Reds are just 1-4 in Harang’s last 5 starts vs. the Dodgers.
Hiroki Kuroda has been the Dodgers’ best starter early on. Kuroda has allowed 2 earned runs in 15 innings of work in two starts this year, projecting out to a 1.20 ERA. In his only career starts against the Reds he allowed 2 earned runs in 8 innings of a 5-2 victory. Kuroda has been dominant against the NL Central as the Dodgers are 8-1 in his last 9 starts vs. NL Central foes. The Dodgers are 18-6 in Kurodas last 24 starts as a favorite of -110 to -150. The Reds are just 2-9 in Harang’s last 11 starts overall. I’ll back the better starter and the more hungry team here after a late-innings loss to the Reds last night. Roll with the Dodgers Wednesday.