The Cincinnati Reds will look to avoid a sweep this afternoon. Graham Ashcraft will be making his Major League debut when he takes the mound today, filling in for Connor Overton who is dealing with a sore back. The Toronto Blue Jays will counter by sending lefty Yusei Kikuchi to toe the rubber and spoil the Reds trip to Canada.
Here are the lineups for this international match up:
Toronto Blue Jays
|Matt Reynolds – 2B||George Springer – CF|
|Tyler Stephenson – DH||Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1B|
|Tommy Pham – LF||Bo Bichette – SS|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Teoscar Hernandez – RF|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Santiago Espinal – 2B|
|Aristides Aquino – CF||Matt Chapman – 3B|
|Tyler Naquin – RF||Danny Jansen – C|
|Taylor Motter – 3B||Zack Collins – DH|
|Aramis Garcia – C||Raimel Tapia – LF|
|Graham Ashcraft – SP||Yusei Kikuchi – SP|
|Graham Ashcraft (AAA)||32.2||1.65||1.47||17||30|
|Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Yusei Kikuchi’s Stats
The big right-hander is making his big league debut today. In the minor leagues this season he’s posted a 1.65 ERA through seven starts in Triple-A with Louisville. Ashcraft leads all of Minor League Baseball with a 71.2% ground ball rate.
This season he’s allowed just one extra-base hit. He’s pitched better against righties than lefties, but neither group has been able to do much against him.
Splits (In AAA in 2022)
Since he’s been in the minor leagues we don’t have a pitch breakdown like normal. That said, he’s mostly fastball and slider, while occasionally throwing a cutter, change up, and a curveball. Fastball sits in the upper 90’s and has reached 101 this season.
Left-handed hitters don’t see much playing time against Yusei Kikuchi, and the ones that do don’t get on base much, but they have hit for power when they’ve put the ball in play against him. Righties haven’t hit much, either. What they have been able to do is draw a whole bunch of walks, with a walk rate of 18% so far this year.
When and Where
- Game time: 1:37pm ET
- Where: Rogers Centre
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: They play in a dome
News and Notes
Jake Fraley is on a rehab assignment
It seems that everyone forgot to tell anyone that Jake Fraley was going to begin a rehab assignment last night in Dayton. The Reds didn’t announce it. The Dayton Dragons didn’t announce it. But when the lineups went out Fraley was starting in center and batting leadoff. Unfortunately there were storms in the area and the game was postponed. He’ll make another attempt at playing today.