After splitting the first two games of the 4-game series the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals get back to it this afternoon with someone earning at least a split of the series. The Reds will send Tyler Mahle to the mound to face off against Erick Fedde for the Nationals. First pitch is set for 4:10pm.
Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s match up:
|Cesar Hernandez – 2B||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Lane Thomas – CF||Brandon Drury – DH|
|Juan Soto – RF||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Nelson Cruz – DH||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Josh Bell – 1B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Yadiel Hernandez – LF||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Keibert Ruiz – C||Mike Moustakas – 3B|
|Maikel Franco – 3B||Albert Almora Jr. – RF|
|Luis Garcia – SS||Matt Reynolds – 2B|
|Erick Fedde – SP||Tyler Mahle – SP|
|Links: Tyler Mahle’s Stats | Erick Fedde’s Stats
For a guy who has an ERA of 5.53 you would expect batters to have an OPS well over the .706 mark that Tyler Mahle has allowed this season, but that hasn’t been the case. He’s struggled with walks against lefties this season a little bit, but hasn’t given up many hits to them and has limited their power output as well. Right-handed hitters have had more hits against him and they are hitting for a little more power.
This season the splits for Erick Fedde have basically not existed. Right-handed hitters have a small 20-point advantage in OPS. Not shown below, though, is that his home and road splits are showing some differences. On the road he’s pitched much better this season. Hitters have a 122-point disadvantage when he is outside of Washington and his ERA is almost a full run lower, too.
When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 82°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Did MLB change the baseball, again?
Rob Manfred should be answering some tough questions right now.
For the first month of the season, actual HRs were about 35% below expected, which tracks with the introduction of this year’s dead ball.
However, it appears some clear change took place around May 14th that gave the ball about a 10-15 point boost: pic.twitter.com/VtNq6F4Z83
— Ballpark Pal (@BallparkPal) June 4, 2022
Reds sign T.J. Zeuch to a minor league deal
Cincinnati has signed T.J. Zeuch to a minor league deal. He spent time in Triple-A with the St. Louis Cardinals this year but we released a little over a week ago. Zeuch, from Mason, has spent parts of the previous three years in the big leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays.