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10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, June 18, 2017
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 27,316

Dodgers demand more on mound in finale vs. Reds

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Dodgers swept their three-game home series versus the Reds last weekend, in what was the first meeting between the clubs in 2017. That sweep extended the Dodgers' active win streak over Cincinnati to five games.
  2. The Dodgers have held NL Central teams to a .194 batting average this season; that is the lowest opponent BA recorded by any team versus any single division in 2017.
  3. Cody Bellinger has seven hits over his last five games; six of those seven hits have been home runs. His 18 total home runs in 2017 are second most among all rookies (Aaron Judge, NYY, 22).
  4. Joey Votto has seven home runs and 17 runs batted in off left-handed pitchers this season; the homers are tied for the most in the majors while the RBI are tied with Giancarlo Stanton for the second most (Nolan Arenado, Col, 20).
  5. Alex Wood is holding right-handed batters to a .182 (24/132) opponent average this season, which is sixth lowest in the majors and third lowest in the NL (minimum 1.39 BFP/team G).
  6. Asher Wojciechowski is looking for his first career MLB win as a starting pitcher; he is 0-1 with a 7.67 (23/27.0) ERA and .351 (39/111) in his six career starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/16/2017 thru 6/18/2017

CINCINNATI -- Dave Roberts wants his starting pitchers to show "conviction" on the mound. It has been a recurring theme with the Los Angeles Dodgers manager during the weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

"It's crucial to set the tone in the first and second innings," Roberts said, speaking in particular of right-hander Kenta Maeda, who will start the series finale against the Reds on Sunday afternoon.

Maeda made his first career relief appearance on June 9 and pitched well against the Reds, going four innings with one earned run and three hits with six strikeouts and no walks in 60 pitches. He posted his first career save in that game.

"He has four pitches he can throw for strikes at any time," Roberts said. "I know the work and the preparation he puts into the game. He tries to be too fine at times."

Maeda is 4-3 with a 5.16 ERA in 10 starts. He has 53 strikeouts with 17 walks in 52 1/3 innings. He has worked past the fifth inning in just two of those starts, averaging around 92 pitches per outing.

In nine career games, including eight starts against National League opponents, Maeda owns a 4-2 record with a 3.54 ERA and has held opponents to a .222 average.

Roberts wants all his starters to "empty the tank" with what he calls the "best bullpen in baseball" lurking behind them.

Hyun-Jin Ryu needed 105 pitches to get through five innings Saturday, but home runs from Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and two by Yasiel Puig bailed him out in a 10-2 Dodgers win.

The Dodgers (43-26) have won seven straight games against Cincinnati dating to last season.

The Reds (29-38) have dropped a season-high eight straight games, their longest skid since an 11-game streak in May 2016.

The Reds also have concerns about their starter on Sunday, albeit under different circumstances. Bronson Arroyo, 40, succeeded in his comeback to the major leagues after missing more than two seasons with elbow and shoulder surgeries. But doubts are beginning to creep in.

Arroyo allowed nine earned runs in five innings of a 9-3 loss Monday at San Diego, including a six-run second inning.

"It's just learning to manage his stuff when the speed is down," Reds manager Bryan Price said after Arroyo's outing. "And trying to manage a game with that type of stuff is a different animal. Thank goodness he got those final eight outs. I'm not trying to make it a great outing, it wasn't. But it could have been worse."

Arroyo is 6-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 16 career starts versus the Dodgers. He last faced them on June 15, 2014.

With their win in the series opener Friday night, the Dodgers clinched the season series over the Reds for the fourth consecutive year. Los Angeles is now 18-6 when facing the National League Central this season. The Dodgers are 31-20 all time at Great American Ball Park.

Updated June 17, 2017

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