Cincinnati Reds players and fans hope the team will get back on the winning track in the first game of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park, beginning at 9:45 p.m. Eastern time.
The six-game winning streak came to a rather harsh end over the weekend, with the Reds losing the final two games in Phoenix by a combined score of 15-3. Cincinnati in recent years has not done well on the West Coast, and a quick rebound would be a very positive step for a team whose collective identity is still being determined.
Both of these starters had very good first starts of the season and will be trying to follow up with another effective effort. Miley, currently slotted as the fifth starter, has an opportunity to enhance his standing. Both Jeff Hoffman and Jose DeLeon had disappointing second starts. Miley has a more established and consistent career record than either of those two, and hopefully will assume a leadership role in the rotation. An effective start tonight will pretty much preserve his position in the rotation when someone has to go to make room for Sonny Gray.
Righthander Sanchez has a career record of 34-33 with a 3.97 ERA. He profiles as a middle- to back-of-rotation starter who the Reds should get opportunities to do damage against.
Cincinnati’s bullpen is 2-0 with two saves and a 5.00 ERA in 36 innings. The only relievers unlikely to appear tonight are Cam Bedrosian and Carson Fulmer after 1.2 and 2 innings pitched Sunday, effectively. As long as Tejay Antone is not being used in the starting rotation, I would love to see him used in high-leverage, late-game situations.
|LF Jesse Winker||RF Austin Slater|
|RF Nick Castellanos||2B Donovan Solano|
|1B Joey Votto||LF Darin Ruf|
|SS Eugenio Suarez||3B Evan Longoria|
|3B Mike Moustakas||1B Wilmer Flores|
|CF Nick Senzel||C Buster Posey|
|2B Jonathan India||CF Mauricio Dubon|
|C Tucker Barnhart||SS Brandon Crawford|
|P Wade Miley||P Aaron Sanchez|
Giants manager Gabe Kapler has loaded his lineup with righthanded batters against the lefty Miley. Only Brandon Crawford bats from the left side.
Only Nick Castellanos and Mike Moustakas have faced Sanchez, with career batting records of 3-for-15 and 0-for-1 against him, respectively. The opposite is true for Miley, as most of the Giants have faced him. Evan Longoria has three homers against him as part of a career 8-for-33 performance. Buster Posey is 10-for-26 against Miley.
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News and Notes
Why is it so difficult to watch Major League Baseball games?
If you haven’t read it yet, take a look at Doug Gray’s article on this topic. Check Reds Twitter during any game and you’ll see a stream of messages from frustrated fans who are unable to watch the games on their streaming services. Doug’s article takes a close look at why this is the case.