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Reds at Dodgers, Game 3: Preview and Lineups

Goin’ streaking!

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Cincinnati Reds v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Reds are on a four-game win streak, which is a statement that three weeks ago would’ve sounded as realistic as saying:

The Cincinnati Reds are chocolate eclairs.

The Cincinnati Reds are clones of Kristy Swanson.

The Cincinnati Reds were the original drummers in Moop.

Lo and behold, the Cincinnati Reds have figured out how to win a few games of late, and it’s been a damn fine revelation.

Homer Bailey will toe the rubber for the Reds in Saturday night’s matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and will do so with a chance to both extend the team’s win streak and to lock up a second consecutive series victory. Standing in their way will be Ross Stripling, who’s actually off to an excellent start to the 2018 season - boasting a 1.93 ERA in 23.1 IP, though his 1.41 WHIP suggests he’s still a pitcher the Reds bats can thump a bit.

First pitch is set for 9:10 PM ET - an hour earlier than the previous two games - so plan accordingly.

Reds Lineup

Dodgers Lineup

Other Notes

  • Adam Duvall hitting in the 8-spot in the lineup is certainly something. In fact, he’s not started a game in the 8-spot in any of the last three seasons, and only started there twice in his late 2015 cameo with the Reds after coming over in the Mike Leake deal.
  • As The Enquirer’s John Fay noted, the Cincinnati offense has really kicked things into gear over the last three weeks.
  • Go Reds. Keep going, actually.