The Cincinnati Reds will look to end their 10-game losing streak this afternoon as they take on the first place St. Louis Cardinals. Cincinnati will send Tyler Mahle to the hill to face off against Dakota Hudson. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET.
Here are your lineups for this afternoon’s NL Central contest:
St. Louis Cardinals
|Tommy Edman – 2B||Tyler Naquin – RF|
|Paul Goldschmidt – 1B||Brandon Drury – DH|
|Dylan Carlson – RF||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Nolan Arenado – 3B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Corey Dickerson – DH||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Lars Nootbaar – LF||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Harrison Bader – CF||Colin Moran – 3B|
|Paul DeJong – SS||Alejo Lopez – 2B|
|Andrew Knizner – C||Aramis Garcia – C|
|Dakota Hudson – SP||Tyler Mahle – SP|
|Links: Tyler Mahle’s Stats | Dakota Hudson’s Stats
Last season saw Mahle have enormous home and road splits. At home he pitched like a guy who should probably be in Triple-A (5.63 ERA) and on the road he pitched like a Cy Young contender (2.30 ERA). He hasn’t always had splits that extreme, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Where his splits were also extreme last year were against lefties and righties. Despite being a right-handed pitcher he absolutely dominated lefties. Right-handed hitters, though, hit quite well against him.
Entering the 2022 season Dakota Hudson had a career ERA of 3.14 across 249.2 innings in the big leagues. In that time he didn’t exactly stand out in many areas – he walked 120 batters and only had 192 strikeouts. But he kept runs off of the board in a way that’s a little different than most pitchers in today’s game – big time ground ball rates.
Of course, it’s tough to really know exactly what kind of pitcher you’re going to be getting with Hudson right now. After throwing 174.2 innings back in 2019 he’s made 12 appearances since.
Hudson has only thrown 54.2 innings since the start of 2020, so citing his splits isn’t going to be all that useful.
When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 81°, Sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Tyler Naquin activated
If you looked at the lineup above you probably already picked up on this one, but Naquin was activated this afternoon. The team sent TJ Friedl back to Triple-A Louisville and placed reliever Daniel Duarte on the 60-day injured list.
Around the Beat
How Aramis Garcia earned the backup catcher gig
Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about Aramis Garcia, his journey over the years and what led him to sign with Cincinnati and how he wound up winning the gig as the backup catcher this spring.