It will be a very interesting day at Great American Ball Park, and perhaps a chance for Reds fans to think about what might have been. Alex Wood finally makes his Cincinnati Reds debut, and local fans will get a chance to take a look at a lefthander who has been among the better portsiders in the National League in recent seasons.

Wood has two goals between now and the end of the season: pitch well and stay injury-free. He’s coming up on free agency, and of course, is hoping for a big payday. His injury history will give many teams pause. Should Wood pitch well for the remainder of the season, the Reds will likely hope for a chance to sign him on team-friendly terms.

It’s also 1967 throwback uniforms day, and you can read a thorough flashback to that year here at Redleg Nation by Brian Erts.

Game time at Great American Ball Park is 1 p.m. Eastern time in the rubber game of a three-game set.

Starting Pitchers

Peter Lambert 41 5.93 4.31 17% 4.4%
Alex Wood (2018 LAD) 151.2 3.68 3.72 26.9% 7.7%

The Rockies have lost each of the last six starts by righthander Lambert. As mentioned above, it’s a big day for Wood, who was supposed to be the prize of the winter trade with the Dodgers. The rest of this season is important for both him and the Reds. Wood will have the opportunity to show that he can stay healthy and pitch effectively. The Reds will have the chance to watch him up close and ponder what sort of offer they should make, if any, to the pending free agent. Look for no more than four or five innings tops today.


Raisel Iglesias’ appearance in a save situation Saturday evening was intriguing on a couple of levels. One, it got him in the “save situation” which he thirsts for. Two, did you notice that he faced the lower half of the Rockies’ batting order? And that Michael Lorenzen was used in the high-leverage situation against the all-star-laden upper half of the Colorado batting order in the inning previous?

Starting Lineups

Rockies Reds
SS Trevor Story CF Nick Senzel
RF David Dahl 1B Joey Votto
3B Nolan Arenado 3B Eugenio Suarez
1B Yonder Alonso RF Yasiel Puig
LF Ian Desmond LF Josh VanMeter
2B Ryan McMahon 2B Scooter Gennett
C Chris Iannetta SS Jose Iglesias
P Peter Lambert C Tucker Barnhart
CF Garrett Hampson P Alex Wood

Additional insights into the statistical history of the players in today’s game are available all season long at

News and Notes

Before the game today, the Reds activated Kyle Farmer and Alex Wood, optioned Sal Romano to Louisville, and designed Ryan Lavarnway for assignment.

Latest trade rumors …

Suarez is hot …

It seems clear that Phillip Ervin is now envisioned as a platoon player against lefties …

Happy 77th, Marty …

Interesting read …