The Cincinnati Reds will look to even up the series this afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers after last nights 5-4 loss. The two teams will be sending rookie starting pitchers to the mound, with Cincinnati handing the ball to Graham Ashcraft and Milwaukee sending Jason Alexander out to toe the rubber. First pitch is set for 4:10pm.
Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s contest:
|Christian Yelich – DH||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Willy Adames – SS||Brandon Drury – 3B|
|Rowdy Tellez – 1B||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Hunter Renfroe – RF||Joey Votto – DH|
|Luis Urias – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Omar Narvaez – C||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Tyrone Taylor – LF||Mike Moustakas – 1B|
|Jace Peterson – 3B||Albert Almora Jr. – RF|
|Jonathan Davis – CF||Aramis Garcia – C|
|Jason Alexander – SP||Graham Ashcraft – SP|
|Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Jason Alexander’s Stats
Last time out was the first start for Graham Ashcraft where he struggled, allowing four earned runs in 4.2 innings. In his previous four starts he had allowed three earned runs combined.
A big time ground ball pitcher, Ashcraft doesn’t miss a ton of bats – or at least hasn’t yet in the big leagues – but he’s been able to limit damage for the most part by keeping the ball on the ground and in the ballpark. He’s dominated left-handed hitters, holding them to a .484 OPS against him this season. Right-handed hitters are having far more success with a .669 OPS against him, but they aren’t exactly being successful, either.
Not to be confused with the former New York Yankees Assistant to the Traveling Secretary, this Jason Alexander is a rookie starter for the Brewers who will be making his 4th big league appearance this afternoon. He’s walked more batters than he’s struck out, and he hasn’t struck out hardly anyone in his first three games. The 29-year-old hasn’t given up a home run yet this season, but he has allowed 21 hits in his 16.2 innings to go along with his 8 walks, making for a strange scenario where he has a 1.74 WHIP but a 2.16 ERA.
His splits in the big leagues don’t have a ton of value given the sample size, but both lefties and righties have hit over .300 against him so far. Righties, though, have yet to pick up an extra-base hit against him. Like Ashcraft, he’s been a big time ground ball pitcher this season (both have a 59% GB Rate this year).
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: 75°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Nick Lodolo makes another rehab start tonight
Left-handed start Nick Lodolo is set to make his second rehab start tonight. After his first outing earlier this week out in Arizona with the ACL Reds he’s moving up to join the Triple-A Louisville Bats tonight to continue his comeback from a lower back strain. He’s expected to pitch three innings or about 50 pitches.