In what qualifies as a scheduling quirk, the Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks face each other for the first time this year in September. Six of Cincinnati’s next nine games are against the D-backs, and the Reds are hoping to change their recent losing-six-of-nine streak beginning this evening at 7:10 p.m. Eastern time at Great American Ball Park.
In terms of xFIP, this appears to be a fairly even starting pitching matchup. Mahle pitched well in his first start back after his injured list stay and then demotion to Louisville. He struck out five, walked none, and allowed only one earned run in 6.1 innings against St. Louis. Arizona has won eight of Ray’s last 10 starts, so the visiting team obviously likes their chances tonight.
Robert Stephenson and Raisel Iglesias have both appeared in the past two games, and that’s as close as anyone in the Reds bullpen could come to being considered as not available tonight. In other words, all hands should be on deck.
|CF Ketel Marte||2B Alex Blandino|
|2B Wilmer Flores||1B Joey Votto|
|3B Eduardo Escobar||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|1B Christian Walker||RF Aristides Aquino|
|LF Josh Rojas||SS Jose Iglesias|
|RF Adam Jones||CF Phillip Ervin|
|SS Nick Ahmed||C Curt Casali|
|C Carson Kelly||LF Jose Peraza|
|P Robbie Ray||P Tyler Mahle|
It’s an all-righthanded-batting starting eight position players (with the exception of Votto) against the lefthander Ray. D-backs first baseman Walker passed through the Reds roster one spring training during the height of the rebuild and did not stick. He’s landed with Arizona and has hit 25 homers this year with a 110 OPS+.
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News and Notes
It’s Fiesta Rojos night …
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 6, 2019
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