Two teams that have struggled mightily since the All-Star break open a three-game series tonight at 6:40 p.m. Eastern time at Great American Ball Park.
The Colorado Rockies are 4-10 in their last 14, with two of those wins coming against the Reds at Coors Field. Cincinnati is 5-8 in their last 13. The Reds begin the night eight games behind NL Central co-leaders Chicago and St. Louis, and also eight games behind in the Wild Card standings.
Before tonight’s game, Tucker Barnhart was reinstated from the injured list, and he will start behind the plate. Fellow catcher Juan Graterol, who had to be removed Wednesday after being hit in the facemask with a foul tip, was placed on the 7-day concussion list.
Righthander Marquez did not pitch against the Reds in the recent series at Coors Field. He is as inconsistent as his record might suggest. His most recent start was a 7-inning, 2-run outing in a win at Yankee Stadium. The start prior, he was ripped for 11 runs in 2.2 innings against the Giants at Coors Field. The Reds have won three of Castillo’s last four starts. In that period, he has significantly cut back on the walks issued. Like Marquez, Castillo did not pitch in the recent series in Denver.
All members of the bullpen should be available, with the possible exception of Sal Romano, who pitched the final three innings in Tuesday’s win at Milwaukee. With this being the third day since that appearance, he may be available for a short outing if needed.
|RF Charlie Blackmon||CF Jesse Winker|
|CF David Dahl||1B Joey Votto|
|3B Nolan Arenado||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|1B Daniel Murphy||RF Yasiel Puig|
|2B Ryan McMahon||LF Josh Van Meter|
|LF Raimel Tapia||2B Scooter Gennett|
|SS Garrett Hampson||SS Jose Iglesias|
|C Tony Wolters||C Tucker Barnhart|
|P German Marquez||P Luis Castillo|
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News and Notes
Not vertigo, says Senzel …
Nick Senzel said he didn’t experience vertigo. Said allergies hit him, he’s feeling better. David Bell said he expects Senzel to play this weekend and is available tonight
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) July 26, 2019
Asked Nick Senzel where his head is with this: "I see a lot of people talk very negative about me. I don't think it's fair to me, I don't think it's fair to my teammates. I come out here and play as hard as anyone on the field." #Reds
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) July 26, 2019
Getting ahead early tonight would seem to be a good idea…
25-8 when leading after 1st inning.
21-46 when tied/trailing after
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) July 26, 2019