Dodgers Reds Game Four Preview

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Aug 17, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (29) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (29) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Dodgers look to escape Cincinnati with a series split and alone in first place.

Julio Urias turned in probably the most important outing of the year for the Dodgers yesterday. Six shutout innings likely won’t be the best outing of his career, but it came when the Dodgers needed it the most. The Dodgers also got a great outing from Noah Syndergaard last night, who shut out the Giants to put the Dodgers back in first. The Giants are off today, so the Dodgers will open their series tomorrow either a game up or in a tie for first.

That all depends on what they do in their getaway game against the Reds. Scott Kazmir gets the ball for the Dodgers and is coming off two solid starts against the Phillies. In these two starts, Kazmir has allowed four runs in 11 innings. Kazmir has had a very inconsistent season, but if he can survive the first inning he’s usually good for five or six quality innings. He faced these Reds at Dodger Stadium back in May and dominated. He allowed a run and four hits in six innings while striking out a season-high 12 batters.

Homer Bailey starts for the Reds for the fifth time this season after coming back from Tommy John. Bailey got shelled in one start, but other than that he’s been very solid in his return to the rotation. He’s allowed three runs in 16.2 innings (ignoring his one bad start) and struck out 23 batters in those three starts.

LINEUP

Fairly normal lineup, except Justin Turner gets a day off with Rob Segedin starting at third. Turner should be extremely fresh for the series against the Giants. With two lefties expected to throw for SF, it would be shocking if Turner didn’t start in any of the three games.

EDIT- Josh Reddick was reportedly scratched with a jammed finger. Andrew Toles starts in right.

Ross Stripling has also joined the team in Cincinnati. Stripling last pitched on the 18th and was demoted, but he’s likely there as Brett Anderson insurance. Anderson is reportedly playing catch with Clayton Kershaw to test out the blister that forced him from his last start. He’s lined up to start Thursday against the Giants, but Stripling will likely be the guy if Anderson can’t go.

First pitch is scheduled for 9:35 AM PST and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.

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