Two straight winning series for the Cincinnati Reds and now they’ll hit the road to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. There will be a rematch from last week when Connor Overton matches up against JT Brubaker – Cincinnati won that one 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Tonight’s 1st pitch is set for 6:35pm ET.
Here are the lineups for this evening’s NL Central contest:
|TJ Friedl – CF||Ben Gamel – LF|
|Brandon Drury – 3B||Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B|
|Tommy Pham – LF||Bryan Reynolds – CF|
|Mike Moustakas – DH||Daniel Vogelbach – DH|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Yoshi Tsutsugo – 1B|
|Colin Moran – 1B||Jack Suwinski – RF|
|Tyler Naquin – RF||Josh VanMeter – 2B|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Michael Perez – C|
|Matt Reynolds – 2B||Rodolfo Castro – SS|
|Connor Overton – SP||JT Brubaker – SP|
|Links: Connor Overton’s Stats | JT Brubaker’s Stats
It’s been a good season for Connor Overton, though it’s been split between Triple-A Louisville and Cincinnati. He posted a 2.84 ERA in 19.0 innings with the Bats before getting called up to join the Reds where he’s pitched well and allowed just three earned runs in his two starts so far.
To this point, and we should note it’s just two starts, Overton has dominated lefties, holding them to a .557 OPS. If we also include his splits from his time in Triple-A this season things are a bit more even. Righties have a .593 OPS against him, while lefties have a .600 OPS against him. But a fun note here is that righties have just 1 walk and 19 strikeouts against him this season (if we include AAA/MLB time together).
In his last start, JT Brubaker probably had his best outing of the season against Cincinnati as he allowed two runs on three hits, walked two, and he struck out nine over 5.0 innings.
Left-handed hitters have found a lot more success against Brubaker this season, posting a slightly better walk rate and on-base percentage, but their power output has been a lot better than right-handed hitters. There hasn’t been much success early on this year from righties against Brubaker, who have a .627 OPS against him.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:35pm ET
- Where: PNC Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 79°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Roster moves and more roster moves
This afternoon Cincinnati placed Lucas Sims on the injured list with back spasms, optioned Dauri Moreta to Triple-A, and called up Jared Solomon and Robert Dugger.
What would it take for the Reds to be the worst team ever?
David Schoenfield asked that very question over at ESPN+. You’ll need a subscription to read the whole piece. But if you want the good news: It’s very unlikely that the Reds wind up the worst team in history. The bad news: They are still likely to be very, very bad.
Joey Votto in the cage
Joey Votto posted a video on his instagram page of him taking swings in the batting cage. “Reds making their rehab players wear pink socks now… meh, I’m cool with it.”
It would appear that he’s feeling a bit better and that he may also be going on a rehab assignment after missing more than a week while on the COVID injury list.