Nick Lodolo will take the mound this afternoon – as long as the weather allows it (and it’s not looking great) – making his Major League debut against the Cleveland Guardians. The game will wrap up a brief 2-game series between the two teams from Ohio.
Update: The game is set to begin at 1:15pm – apparently the 2pm earliest start from earlier was incorrect.
Here’s the lineup for Wednesday afternoon’s business person special:
|Myles Straw – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Steven Kwan – LF||Tyler Naquin – RF|
|Jose Ramirez – 3B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Franmil Reyes – DH||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Amed Rosario – SS||Aristides Aquino – LF|
|Owen Miller – 1B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Ernie Clement – 2B||Mike Moustakas – DH|
|Oscar Mercado – RF||Brandon Drury – 3B|
|Austin Hedges – C||Jake Fraley – CF|
|Triston McKenzie – SP||Nick Lodolo – SP|
Stats are from 2021.
|Nick Lodolo (Minors)||50.2||2.31||0.97||5.5%||38.8%|
|Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Triston McKenzie’s Stats
The left-handed pitcher will be making his big league debut after a spring training in which he threw 11.1 innings with two walks and 12 strikeouts and allowed just three runs. The first pitcher taken in the 2019 draft, Lodolo dominated Double-A last year, but only threw 6.2 innings in Triple-A before he was shut down for the final month of the season with a shoulder strain.
While the 2021 season was limited for Lodolo, he dominated both lefties and righties. Of the 12 hits he allowed to left-handed hitters last season only one went for extra-bases. He doesn’t walk hardly anyone – or at least hasn’t in the past. And he’s done that while also racking up tons of strikeouts.
We don’t have pitch data breakdown for Nick Lodolo because that information isn’t publicly available in the minor leagues at this point in time. With that said, he’ll throw a fastball in the 93-95 MPH range while mixing in a plus breaking ball (depending on who you ask it’s a slider or it’s a curveball), a cutter, and a change up.
The 24-year-old starter misses a lot of bats, but he also walks hitters at a high rate for a starting pitcher. There weren’t many hits against him last season from lefties or righties, but teams did hit for a solid amount of power against him when the hits did fall.
In his first start this season he allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out just one batter in 3.0 innings against Kansas City. He threw just 47 pitches in the game with more than half of them being out of the strikezone.
Pitch Usage (in 2021)
When and Where
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 65°, cloudy, 90% chance of rain
News and Notes
Cincinnati made several roster moves today prior to the start of the game.
- Nick Lodolo added to the 40-man and 28-man roster.
- Daniel Duarte optioned to Triple-A Louisville
- Riley O’Brien was designated for assignment
Tommy Pham’s X-rays were negative
After exiting the game yesterday after colliding in the outfielder with Nick Senzel, Tommy Pham had his wrist examined and the x-rays came back negative. Still, he and Senzel are out of the lineup today.
Mike Minor set to rehab tonight in Double-A Chattanooga
After having a small setback in spring training, Mike Minor is ready to begin a rehab game with the Lookouts tonight. The lefty has already pitched a simulated game/live batting practice.
Tanking is still happening and Cincinnati is a good example
Jesse Rogers of ESPN wrote about how the new CBA was supposed to help fix tanking in Major League Baseball and how that it isn’t actually doing that.
When the lockout ended, the Reds were projected for 82 wins this season and the Athletics 76, according to ESPN MLB writer Bradford Doolittle’s projection formula. During negotiations, the league argued that the two additional teams added to the playoff field would have give teams in similar spots more incentive to try to win now. Instead, Cincinnati and Oakland went the other way. By Opening Day, the Reds had lost five wins in Doolittle’s projections — and the A’s had lost 10.
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