The Reds try to avoid the sweep today in the finale of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Game time at Great American Ball Park is 1:10 Eastern time.
Old friend Leake has been largely smacked around pretty hard by opponents since being acquired from Seattle on July 31 – a 6.43 ERA in 35 innings. Since the All-Star break, DeSclafani has been more than acceptable, with a 3.86 ERA in 56 innings.
All bullpen members should be ready to go today. Let’s give a thumbs-up to Kevin Gausman, who entered the ninth inning with the bases loaded of Diamondbacks Saturday and proceeded to strike out the side. None of the Arizona runners scored, and that kept his team close.
|CF Tim Locastro||RF Josh VanMeter|
|LF Josh Rojas||1B Joey Votto|
|2B Ketel Marte||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|3B Eduardo Escobar||C Tucker Barnhart|
|1B Jake Lamb||2B Freddy Galvis|
|RF Abraham Almonte||SS Jose Iglesias|
|SS Nick Ahmed||LF Derek Dietrich|
|C Alex Avila||CF Brian O’Grady|
|P Mike Leake||P Anthony DeSclafani|
All you need to know about this lineup is that Tucker Barnhart is batting cleanup and a player who is 1-for-his-last-40 batting fifth.
Additional insights into the statistical history of the players in today’s game is available all season long at BaseballSavant.com.
News and Notes
It’s 1995 throwback uniforms day. Brian Erts did a great job of looking back at 1995 earlier today right here at Redleg Nation.
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