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Both teams are fighting for divisional titles after a ridiculous run by the Dodgers has them in sole possession of the lead for the N.L. West. The Reds have lost their last three contests against the streaking Dodgers, and have ground to make up in the N.L. Central.
Whether or not the Reds will have made up any ground in the divisional race remains to be seen, as does whether or not the Reds will still be in position to make the playoffs as a wild-card team.
The Reds, however, do have several excellent pitchers, including Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman (25 saves), and are eighth in the majors in on-base percentage.
L.A., meanwhile, is also stuffed with good pitchers like Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.43 ERA) and 26-year-old rookie Hyun Jin Ryu (10-3, 3.15 ERA). Oh, and 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, who leads the majors with a 1.87 ERA.
The Dodgers' offense is strong with batting average of .265, sixth-best in the MLB.