The Cincinnati Reds are hitting up the American League East tonight as they begin a 2-game series with the Boston Red Sox. Cincinnati will send Luis Castillo to the mound to take on one of baseball’s best offenses. The Red Sox will counter by sending Michael Wacha to the mound, who has historically pitched very well against the Reds (2.81 ERA in 23 games). First pitch is set for 7:10pm.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s interleague contest:
Boston Red Sox
|Tyler Naquin – RF||Enrique Hernandez – CF|
|Brandon Drury – 3B||Rafael Devers – 3B|
|Nick Senzel – CF||J.D. Martinez – DH|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Xander Bogaerts – SS|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Alex Verdugo – LF|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Trevor Story – 2B|
|Mike Moustakas – DH||Franchy Cordero – 1B|
|Albert Almora Jr. – LF||Kevin Plawecki – C|
|Matt Reynolds – 2B||Jackie Bradley Jr. – RF|
|Luis Castillo – SP||Michael Wacha – SP|
Tommy Pham was originally in the lineup, hitting 3rd and playing left field. But he was a scratch just after 5pm due to calf discomfort. Nick Senzel was put in the lineup in the 3rd spot and Albert Almora Jr. was moved from center over to left.
|Links: Luis Castillo’s Stats | Michael Wacha’s Stats
After missing the first month of the season, the first start back for Luis Castillo was a bump in the road. Since that debut, he’s made three starts and posted a 3.94 ERA while throwing 16.0 innings, walking just two batters, and striking out 13.
This season right-handed hitters have not been able to do much so far against Castillo. Lefties, though, have put up MVP-type numbers so far. They are hitting for average, have gotten on base at a high clip, and they are slugging the ball against him. Even if we remove his season debut, lefties are still hitting .308/.333/.500 against him.
Through May 25th, Michael Wacha had only allowed six runs all season. But in his last start the White Sox tagged him for five runs and he didn’t make it out of the 5th inning for the second consecutive start. Over the span of his first five starts he had only allowed three extra-base hits, but in his last two starts he’s given up six of them.
Left-handed hitters haven’t gotten many hits, but they have walked as often as they’ve struck out against him and they’ve been hitting for power when they do get hits. Righties aren’t doing much of anything against him this season so far.
When and Where
- Game time: 7:10pm ET
- Where: Fenway Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 58°, cloudy, 10% chance of rain
News and Notes
The Reds are abysmal against Boston*
The Reds are 1-12 all-time in interleague play against the Red Sox, their worst regular season record against any franchise ever.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 31, 2022
Prospect Joe Boyle is having a crazy good start to 2022
This morning Joe Boyle was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. He’s spent the first two months of the season with the Dayton Dragons where he’s made seven starts. Opposing hitters are hitting .058/.242/.068 against him on the season. You read that correctly – through seven starts his opponents are slugging .068 against him. I wrote more about his season at RedsMinorLeagues.com if you wanted to read more about his season and the dilemma the Reds may be facing with regards to keeping him in Dayton versus promoting him to Chattanooga.
Jake Fraley is in a walking boot
Jake Fraley will see a foot specialist, David Bell said. He’s in a walking boot after injuring his toe on his rehab assignment.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) May 31, 2022