Reds @ Dodgers May 10, 2018: Mahle vs Buehler

Photo: Sarah Wexler

The Dodgers are currently in the middle of an impressive one-game winning streak. They took the finale against the Diamondbacks last night and now welcome the team with the lowest winning percentage in the National League to Dodger Stadium.

Reds
Dodgers
7:10 PM
Los Angeles
RF
Winker
SS
Taylor
LF
Duvall
CF
Pederson
1B
Votto
C
Grandal
2B
Gennett
1B
Bellinger
3B
Suarez
LF
Kemp
C
Barnhart
2B
Utley
SS
Blandino RF Puig
P
Mahle (R)
3B
Muncy
CF
Hamilton
P
Buehler (R)

Walker Buehler gets the ball for the first time since his part in a combined no-hitter last Friday in Monterrey. Buehler allowed three walks and struck out eight in six innings against the Padres, but his 93 pitches made it an easy decision for Dave Roberts to pull him. Fortunately, Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore kept the Padres hitless through the final three innings for the first combined no-hitter in franchise history. Buehler’s raw stats are impressive, but he’s yet to face a good offensive team yet. The Reds are the highest-scoring offense Buehler’s faced thus far, and they’re only 18th in runs scored. At 10-25, the Reds have the worst record in the National League and are coming off only their second series-win of the season against the Mets. The Reds are 4-12 on the road.

With a righty on the hill for the Reds, Joc Pederson starts in center over Enrique Hernandez, whose misplay last night gave Arizona an inside-the-park home run. Chase Utley starts at second.

Tyler Mahle gets his eighth start of the season for the Reds. He had back-to-back outings in April during which he allowed five runs, but has been halfway decent otherwise. He’s thrown three consecutive quality starts, although two of them were the bare minimum six innings and three earned runs. In his starts on April 24th and 29th, the Reds combined to give him 17 runs of support. In his other five starts, the Reds have scored a total of four runs.

The Reds are using one of my favorite random baseball things tonight, as Mahle bats eighth with Billy Hamilton hitting ninth. Hamilton has a .202/.310/.303 triple slash, but has stolen at least 56 bases in each of his four full major league seasons and plays an elite defensive center field.

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In Clayton Kershaw plays catch news:

Kershaw played catch today for the second consecutive day. That seems like good news.

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In bad news, Andrew Toles is still a #TrueDodger.

Toles doesn’t necessarily have a spot on the Dodgers right now, as Matt Kemp has been one of their best hitters this season, Joc Pederson has performed well, and Yasiel Puig returned from the disabled list last night with a three-hit game. It’ll still be good for Toles to get healthy, but it’s less dire with the current performances and with Alex Verdugo putting together an impressive stint in the big leagues before going back down to Triple-A OKC yesterday.

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The Dodgers won’t be facing Brandon Finnegan tomorrow, as originally scheduled.

Matt Harvey has joined the Reds and will start tomorrow opposite Kenta Maeda. I’m not a gambling man, but I would bet a large chunk of my checking account that Harvey tosses like six no-hit innings tomorrow. Let me be the first to make a Dark Knight Rises joke.

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The Dodgers could get half of their infield back next week.

Both Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe are scheduled to start rehab assignments this weekend. Allan wrote good words today about how nice it will be to get Turner back in the lineup.

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Love you Dieter.

About Alex Campos

Alex Campos
I'm a writer that has blogged at a whole bunch of places about a whole bunch of sports. I was most recently writing for Chavez Ravine Fiends, but was also the former editor at Dodgers Way. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Marketing. At Long Beach, I covered the Dirtbags in the 2014 season as an assistant sports editor at the Daily 49er.