Chad Billingsley (1-0, 5.73) vs. Homer Bailey (0-1, 6.97).
COMMENTS: We don't much like this Homer Bailey fellow. First, in July of last year, he ceded the game to the Dodgers yet plunked Manny Ramirez in the hand with a fastball, which many believe led to Manny's diminished output in the second half of the year. Bailey also ended up on the better end of a Bills-Bails head-to-head matchup in late August out at the Great American Ballpark. So is tonight the night (afternoon?) when we can beat ol' Bailey? (Add another year in purgatory for that one, I know.)
The good news: The second-place Dodgers have now won two series in a row and sent the division-leading Giants away with their tails between their legs. The bad news: the Dodgers haven't won a road series all year, while the Reds have a penchant for the dramatics (all five of the Reds' wins have come in their final at bat). In those rare occasions when they win, that is; the Reds are currently riding a five-game losing streak (tied with the Snakes and Red Sox for the longest active losing streak in MLB). At least the Reds have Hayley Watson, the Slash of Cincinnati, singing the national anthem today. Get fired up, Reds fans.