The Cincinnati Reds will look for more of the same from their offense tonight after pounding out 16 hits and 14 runs on Tuesday against Arizona. Mike Minor will take the mound and look to be more like Graham Ashcraft, who tossed 6-shutout innings, than the Reds bullpen, who allowed eight runs in the final two. The Diamondbacks will send Merrill Kelly to the mound to try and pick up their first win of the series.
First pitch is set for 6:40pm. The Reds are now saying that the game is expected to begin at 8:20pm.
Here are the lineups for this evening’s match up:
|Cooper Hummel – LF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Josh Rojas – 3B||Alejo Lopez – 2B|
|Ketel Marte – 2B||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Christian Walker – 1B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Pavin Smith – DH||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Jordan Luplow – RF||Albert Almora Jr. – DH|
|Alek Thomas – CF||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|Jake Hager – SS||Matt Reynolds – 3B|
|Jose Herrera – C||Aramis Garcia – C|
|Merrill Kelly – SP||Mike Minor – SP|
Brandon Drury was originally in the starting lineup, hitting second and playing third base. He was a late scratch with a sore achilles and was replaced by Alejo Lopez. Lopez goes in at second base and Matt Reynolds slides over to third.
Now Nick Senzel has been scratched from the lineup. TJ Friedl will step in at leadoff and slide over to center. Aristides Aquino moves into the lineup and takes over in right field.
|Mike Minor (2021)||158.2||5.05||1.24||41||149|
|Links: Mike Minor’s Stats | Merrill Kelly’s Stats
After missing the first two months of the season Mike Minor made his debut last week. It did not go well as he allowed five earned runs in 4.0 innings while giving up three home runs. It’s just one start, but coming off of back-to-back seasons with an ERA over 5.00 it didn’t leave a good feeling with those watching.
Tonight he’ll get another chance to make an impression and he’ll get to do so against one of the worst offenses in Major League Baseball.
Pitch Usage (2021)
Not shown below are the home and road splits for Merrill Kelly. On an OPS front the difference is small – just 28 points. But he’s also only struck out three more batters than he’s walked on the road compared to having 22 more strikeouts than walks on the road. The big difference comes in his ERA, which is 5.04 on the road and 2.65 at home.
When it comes to lefties and righties, there’s not much of a difference this season in how they’ve hit against him. Lefties walks a little more, strike out a little more, and they hit for a little more power. But they aren’t exactly doing a ton, either, posting a .721 OPS against him.
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: 75°, cloudy,2 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Justin Dunn building towards a rehab assignment
Justin Dunn, recovering from a right shoulder injury, is throwing bullpens and will remain in Arizona after the team travels there next week to build up for rehab games.
“I feel normal now. It’s a big weight off my shoulder.” https://t.co/3Jb1MIm7Qp
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) June 8, 2022