The Battle of Ohio, or the Ohio Cup, or whatever other silly name they want to attach to this series starts tonight in Cincinnati between the Reds and Cleveland. Cincinnati will send Jeff Hoffman to the mound at 7:10pm ET to face off against Logan Allen.
|Jesse Winker – LF||Andrés Giménez – SS|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Cesar Hernandez – 2B|
|Eugenio Suárez – SS||José Ramírez – 3B|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Eddie Rosario – LF|
|Nick Senzel – CF||Amed Rosario – CF|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Josh Naylor – RF|
|Kyle Farmer – 3B||Roberto Pérez – C|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Jake Bauers – 1B|
|Jeff Hoffman – SP||Logan Allen|
Two starts for Jeff Hoffman with the Reds this year and he’s posted a 3.86 ERA in 9.1 innings with three walks, one home run allowed, and he’s struck out eight batters. He’s hoping tonight goes more like his first outing when he allowed one run in 5.0 innings with six strikeouts rather than the last time out when he gave up three runs in just 4.1 innings with three walks and just two strikeouts out in Arizona.
Pitch usage from 2021
The lefty has also made two starts this season, throwing 10.0 innings for Cleveland with five walks and eight strikeouts to go with a 2.70 ERA. He’s only thrown 48.1 innings in the big leagues in his career, and he’s struggled to throw strikes in that span as he’s handed out 25 walks with just 32 strikeouts.
Pitch Usage in 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 7:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 60°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Mike Moustakas is a late lineup scratch
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first to report that Mike Moustakas was a late scratch from the Reds lineup just after 6:20pm. It’s a non-COVID related illness. Kyle Farmer in at third, lineup shake up from the originally posted lineup.
Aristides Aquino has surgery
While on the west coast road trip outfielder Aristides Aquino suffered a hamate bone injury in his left hand and had surgery this morning to have the bone removed. The general timeline to return from this is 4-6 weeks. The team recalled Max Schrock to replace Aquino on the roster. We wrote about both moves earlier today if you want to take a bit of a deeper dive.
Shogo Akiyama continues to work his way back
Some good news on outfielder Shogo Akiyama, from C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic earlier this afternoon
Shogo Akiyama just wrapped up his BP by putting one in the right-field stands. Joey Votto waited around to watch him take his BP
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 16, 2021
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