The Cincinnati Reds will look to rebound from Sunday’s no-hitter loss as they head to the northern part of Ohio to take on the Cleveland Guardians. Connor Overton will face off against Zach Plesac to begin the 2-game series between the clubs. First pitch is set for 6:10pm ET.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s interstate meeting:
|TJ Friedl – CF||Myles Straw – CF|
|Brandon Drury – 3B||Steven Kwan – LF|
|Tommy Pham – LF||Jose Ramirez – 3B|
|Mike Moustakas – DH||Owen Miller – 1B|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Amed Rosario – SS|
|Colin Moran – 1B||Andres Gimenez – 2B|
|Tyler Naquin – RF||Richie Palacios – DH|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Oscar Mercado – RF|
|Matt Reynolds – 2B||Austin Hedges – C|
|Connor Overton – SP||Zach Plesac – SP|
|Links: Connor Overton’s Stats | Zach Plesac’s Stats
Through three starts, Connor Overton has gotten the job done. He’s posted a 1.59 ERA and the Reds have won two of the three games. He’s not going to miss many bats, which is a rarity in today’s game. He’s coming off of a game in which he didn’t give up a run, but had four walks with just one strikeout against Pittsburgh. Lefties have done next to nothing against him – posting a .469 OPS against him despite walking more often than they’ve struck out.
Left-handed hitters have had the better of Zach Plesac this season. They are hitting for a quality average while also getting on-base at a solid clip. Right-handed hitters aren’t hitting much, or getting on base often against him, but they are hitting for plenty of power.
He’s made three starts at home and three on the road this season, and the splits there are weird. At home he’s got an .830 OPS against, but a 3.71 ERA. On the road he’s got a .665 OPS against, but a 5.74 ERA. Hitters are doing more damage against him in Cleveland, but it has not yet resulted in scoring more runs.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:10pm ET
- Where: Progressive Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 61°, mostly sunny, 1% chance of rain
News and Notes
Updates on Lodolo, Minor, and Barrero
Some updates from David Bell
-Nick Lodolo will take a week off from throwing
-Mike Minor could return for the homestand. He has a rehab start on Friday.
-Jose Barrero could start a AAA rehab assignment this week.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) May 17, 2022
Joey Votto plays in the field tonight
Votto is moving his rehab assignment to Dayton tonight after spending two days with Louisville. Tonight will be the first time he’s going to play in the field, and he’s back in the leadoff spot.