The Cincinnati Reds (51-57) take on the Atlanta Braves (65-46) at SunTrust Park, Saturday night. First pitch is slated for 7:20 p.m. ET.
With a win, tonight, the Reds will clinch the season series as Cincinnati currently holds a 3-2 advantage, after their victory on Friday night. The Reds have an edge in the all-time series with the Braves 1163-1080. A win tonight would bring the Reds within five games of .500. Cincinnati has won five of their last seven games.
CIN Trevor Bauer: 24 GS | W-L: 9-8 | 3.79 ERA | 1.213 WHIP | 10.6 K/9 | 3.6 BB/9 | 1.3 HR/9
ATL Dallas Keuchel: 8 GS | W-L: 3-4 | 3.86 ERA | 1.327 WHIP | 7.0 K/9 | 3.3 BB/9 | 1.3 HR/9
- CF Nick Senzel (.285 BA/.819 OPS)
- 1B Joey Votto (.266/.764)
- 3B Eugenio Suarez (.260/.869)
- LF Phillip Ervin (.352/.998)
- SS Jose Iglesias (.278/.702)
- RF Aristides Aquino (.000/.000)
- 2B Jose Peraza (.239/.643)
- C Tucker Barnhart (.209/.633)
- P Trevor Bauer (.200/.400)
- RF Ronald Acuna Jr. (.289/.875)
- 2B Ozzie Albies (.285/.816)
- 1B Freddie Freeman (.302/.951)
- 3B Josh Donaldson (.257/.886)
- C Brian McCann (.278/.802)
- LF Adam Duvall (.444/1.466)
- CF Ender Inciarte (.229/.690)
- SS Johan Camargo (.228/.618)
- P Dallas Keuchel (.118/.343)
Tonight is the Redleg debut of one Trevor Bauer. He returns to the National League after a seven years in the junior circuit. This is just his fourth career game against the Braves. In his three previous starts he’s tossed 16.1 innings, allowing six earned runs on 13 hits, and striking out 18. Oddly enough, despite having faced the Braves only twice before this season, this will be his second time facing them, in 2019. His earlier start against them was good. He pitched 6.1 innings of two-run, 10 strikeout ball, allowing just five baserunners.
Dallas Keuchel has pitched once against the Reds, which came in 2016. He went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts. There of those hits went for extra bases, though only one of them belongs to a current Red, as Eugenio Suarez had a triple against Keuchel, that day. Zack Cozart homered and Brandon Phillips doubled, that day. Keuchel got the no-decision, but the Astros won that game 5-4. There were some rumors, this past offseason, linking the Reds and Keuchel. Those rumors were squelched, though, when reports surfaced of the two parties being far apart on a deal, in terms of years and money.
Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez are looking to continue their dominance against the Braves, this year. In the five games these two teams have played, Votto and Suarez have combined for nine hits and six RBI. Collectively, they’ve drawn 13 walks compared to just five strikeout, against Atlanta.