The Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies will finish up their 3-game set this afternoon at Great American Ball Park. The Reds are coming off of two blowout wins and hoping to sweep the series and get above the .500 mark. First pitch is set for 1:10pm ET.
|Raimel Tapia – LF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Yonathan Daza – CF||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Charlie Blackmon – RF||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Trevor Story – SS||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Ryan McMahon – 3B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Brendan Rodgers – 2B||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|C.J. Cron – 1B||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Dom Nuñez – C||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Antonio Senzatela – SP||Tony Santillan – SP|
The Reds will be sending Tony Santillan to the mound for his Major League debut in this one. He’s been dominant in Triple-A this season through six starts. He last started on Friday June 4th, so it’s been quite a while since the 24-year-old was on the mound. With Louisville he posted a 2.51 ERA in 32.1 innings, allowed 23 hits – 5 homers – and walked 12 to go along with 45 strikeouts.
As we noted in the write up yesterday, Santillan did show some big splits in a small sample size this year against lefties and righties. He’s dominated right-handed hitters, holding them to a .147/.205/.221 line this year. Lefties have struck out 35% of the time against him, but have also hit .255/.345/.608 against him over 58 plate appearances.
From a stuff standpoint he’ll throw a mid-90’s fastball that can touch the upper 90’s, a slider in the mid-to-upper 80’s, as well as a change up that works in the mid-to-upper 80’s.
Through 12 starts this season Antonio Senzatela has been a league average starter, posting a 4.62 ERA – but when you factor in the whole Coors factor that’s good for a 99 ERA+. He doesn’t walk many batters, but he also has one of the lowest strikeout rates in the league as he’s fanned just 42 batters in 64.1 innings. He keeps the ball on the ground and that’s helped him keep the runs allowed in a solid place. Last month he allowed just one run over 7.0 innings against Cincinnati.
This year he’s shown some reverse splits. Righties have hit .292/.354/.469 against him this year. Lefties aren’t doing much worse, but have had a bit less power as they’ve hit .290/.340/.428. He has shown very big home/road splits, though. In four road starts he’s allowed 13 earned runs in 17.1 innings.
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When and Where
- Game time: 1:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 87°, partly cloudy, 15% chance of rain.
News and Notes
Aristides Aquino has been activated
Prior to the game today the Reds activated Aristides Aquino from the injured list. He’ll take the spot of Mark Payton, who was optioned to Triple-A. Nick Senzel was also moved from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list.
Hunter Greene promoted to Triple-A Louisville
The Cincinnati Reds have promoted Hunter Greene to Triple-A Louisville. The Reds top prospect was dominant in his five weeks to begin the year with Double-A Chattanooga and will now be making his next start with the Bats and getting one step closer to the big leagues.
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