The Cincinnati Reds are looking to avoid being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals today after they dropped the first two games of the series. Cincinnati will send Graham Ashcraft to the mound for just his second road start. St. Louis will counter with Dakota Hudson. First pitch is set for 2:15pm.
Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s NL Central match up:
St. Louis Cardinals
|Nick Senzel – CF||Tommy Edman – SS|
|Brandon Drury – 3B||Nolan Gorman – 2B|
|Tommy Pham – DH||Tyler O’Neill – LF|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Nolan Arenado – 3B|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Brendan Donovan – RF|
|Matt Reynolds – 2B||Juan Yepez – 1B|
|TJ Friedl – LF||Albert Pujols – DH|
|Aristides Aquino – RF||Harrison Bader – CF|
|Aramis Garcia – C||Andrew Knizner – C|
|Graham Ashcraft – SP||Dakota Hudson – SP|
|Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Dakota Hudson’s Stats
Among pitchers with at least four starts this season in Major League Baseball Graham Ashcraft’s 61% ground ball rate ranks 4th. That’s what you’re going to get when he’s on the mound – tons of grounders. He’s seen more lefties than righties and so far that hasn’t worked out for opposing managers as he’s held them to a .378 OPS in 54 plate appearances. Righties have hit better against him, posting a .627 OPS.
The splits for Dakota Hudson are weird. Left-handed hitters are not hitting at all against him but they also walk as often as they strike out against him. They make plenty of contact, draw plenty of walks, but when they do make contact they are not at all being rewarded from it. Righties are making plenty of contact and they are hitting better than lefties are, but they aren’t showing much power.
Not shown below is that his home and road splits are pretty big. At home opponents have an OPS 102 points lower than they do against him on the road, hitting just .206/.280/.289. His ERA at home is 1.35 versus a 3.94 road ERA.
When and Where
- Game time: 2:15pm ET
- Where: Busch Stadium
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 90°, partly cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
Graham Ashcraft and finding his cutter
Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about Graham Ashcraft’s journey through the minors and the unique cutter that he and the Reds developed over the past few years.
In 2020, before COVID, we were trying to get more rise on my fastball because with the way it was moving, it was getting hit a ton,” Ashcraft said. “After a while, Jagers and (former Reds pitching coordinator Kyle Boddy) looked at it more in depth and realized nobody has the movement like this.