The Cincinnati Reds go west tonight as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. They’ll be trying something new, sending reliever Luis Cessa to the mound to start the game in what appears to be a situation where they will be trying an opener before turning things over to the guy who was originally scheduled to start – Reiver Sanmartin.
Here’s the lineup for Thursday night out west:
Los Angeles Dodgers
|Jonathan India – 2B||Mookie Betts – RF|
|Tyler Naquin – RF||Freddie Freeman – 1B|
|Jake Fraley – CF||Trea Turner – SS|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Justin Turner – DH|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Max Muncy – 2B|
|Aristides Aquino – LF||Will Smith – C|
|Mike Moustakas – 3B||Chris Taylor – LF|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Cody Bellinger – CF|
|Colin Moran – DH||Hanser Alberto – 3B|
|Luis Cessa – SP||Walker Buehler – SP|
No Nick Senzel or Tommy Pham in the lineup tonight.
Stats are from 2021.
|Links: Luis Cessa’s Stats | Walker Buehler’s Stats
The Reds are going with Luis Cessa in what appears to be an “opener” situation. It will be his first start since 2018 when he was with the New York Yankees.
Cessa has interesting splits. Last season he held lefties to a low average and low on-base percentage, but when they got hits they made them count as 10 of the 21 he gave up to lefties went for extra-bases. Righties made plenty of contact and walked at a slightly above-average rate, but they hit for next to no power last season.
An All-Star in the last two seasons in which there were all-star teams (2019 and 2021), Buehler is one of the best pitchers in baseball and has been since his first full season back in 2018. He has been dominant against both left-handed hitters and right-handed hitters. Buehler throws everything, including the kitchen sink, showing off six different pitches.
Pitch Usage (in 2021)
When and Where
- Game time: 10:10pm ET
- Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 63°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Mike Moustakas to donate his gameday salary on Friday
The Players Alliance announces that several MLB players_including Lorenzo Cain, Jason Heyward, Aaron Hicks, Mike Moustakas and David Price_ will donate their salary from Friday's games on Jackie Robinson Day to invest in struggling inner city and rural baseball teams.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 14, 2022
USA Today: Phil Castellini is everything that is wrong with baseball
A headline that doesn’t at all hold back. There are plenty of words in the piece from Andy Nesbitt, but here are the final five sentences:
Phil Castellini and his family are bad for the game of baseball. Bad for the people of Cincinnati. And just bad overall.
Reds fans deserve better. A whole lot better.
Around the Nation
Where I’m Going To Go
Richard Fitch wrote a little bit about Phil Castellini’s comments, but more so about why he’s still going to go to Cincinnati Reds games and the journey that got him there.
Mike Minor struggles on rehab, feels sore after
Last night the lefty made his first appearance in a game after not pitching during spring training and things didn’t go as well as anyone would have hoped. Minor allowed 6 runs in the 1st inning and reached his 45-pitch count before finishing the 2nd inning. As reported by C. Trent Rosecrans just before 8pm tonight, Minor felt shoulder soreness afterwards and will be re-evaluated.
Mike Minor felt shoulder soreness in his left shoulder and will be reevaluated
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 14, 2022
Around the Beat
Hunter Greene at home in LA and on Jackie Robinson’s legacy
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about Hunter Greene returning to Los Angeles this week (where he’s from), what the means, and what his idol Jackie Robinson means to him.