The Cincinnati Reds will look to Luis Castillo tonight to help them avoid losing the series after dropping the first two games of the 4-game set to Chicago. The Cubs will lean on Kyle Hendricks tonight to try and guarantee a winning series. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s NL Central contest:
|Christopher Morel – 2B||Tyler Naquin – DH|
|Rafael Ortega – CF||Brandon Drury – 2B|
|Seiya Suzuki – RF||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Ian Happ – LF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Frank Schwindel – DH||Mike Moustakas – 3B|
|Patrick Wisdom – 3B||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Alfonso Rivas – 1B||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|P.J. Higgins – C||Aramis Garcia – C|
|Andrelton Simmons – SS||Matt Reynolds – SS|
|Kyle Hendricks – SP||Luis Castillo – SP|
|Links: Luis Castillo’s Stats | Kyle Hendrick’s Stats
After missing the first month of the season, Luis Castillo has made three starts for Cincinnati. For the most part he’s pitched well. His last time out he allowed two runs in Toronto, walked no one, and he struck out five batters, but took the loss as the Reds managed just one run in the game.
The splits for Kyle Hendricks this season are pretty big. Left-handed hitters have hit him quite well, posting an .899 OPS on the year while making plenty of contract and drawing walks at a good rate, too. He’s limited damage against righties fairly well, who only have a .670 OPS against him. Teams have stacked their lineups with lefties against him on the season and it’s worked out so far.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 72°, scattered thunderstorms, 40% chance of rain
News and Notes
Jeff Hoffman could be in line for a bigger role
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about Jeff Hoffman and how his role in the bullpen could change due to how well he’s pitched this season. The righty reliever has a 1.59 ERA this season with 23 strikeouts in 22.2 innings and just one home run allowed.