National League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, June 10 (All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (34-31) at Cincinnati Reds (29-33), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Josh Beckett (3-3, 2.57) Cincinnati - Mike Leake (3-5, 3.29)
(SportsNetwork.com) - If Josh Beckett is looking to regain the mojo that led to a May no-hitter, he might have found the right foe in the Cincinnati Reds.
The Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander will meet the recently anemic Reds lineup on Tuesday night when the teams continue a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.
Beckett authored the gem against Philadelphia on May 25, but hasn't won since while allowing four runs in 11 innings and receiving zero support.
He hasn't lost three in a row since joining the Dodgers and he was a winner in his lone previous trip to the Reds' home field while with the Boston Red Sox in 2008.
The Dodgers have hit .292 and scored just short of six runs per game on a seven-game road trip after batting .174 in eight prior games. Cincinnati has been equally impotent lately, averaging just .190 in its last six games and scoring just five runs while losing four of those games.
The Reds go with right-hander Mike Leake, who failed to complete six innings for the first time this season in his most recent start, a 6-1 loss to San Francisco on Thursday.
Leake had compiled a 2.16 earned run average in his previous six starts, but had won just once thanks to an average of 2.38 runs of offense.
On Monday, Scott Van Slyke went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers, three runs scored and four RBI to lead the Dodgers to a 6-2 win in the opener.
Van Slyke backed starter Dan Haren (6-4), who surrendered two runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings. Justin Turner and Tim Federowicz each drove in a run for the Dodgers, who have won three of their last four.
Tony Cingrani (2-7) was roughed up for six runs on seven hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings in his fifth straight loss.
Ryan Ludwick smacked a solo homer for Cincinnati.
The Dodgers won two of three at home versus the Reds from May 26-28.
06/10 10:42:16 ET