The Cincinnati Reds have won the first two games of the series in walk-off fashion. They will go for the sweep this afternoon over the Tampa Bay Rays by sending rookie Nick Lodolo to the mound for the second time since coming back from the injured list. The Rays are going to send a rookie of their own to the mound, countering with Shane Baz, who also spent a while on the injured list earlier this season.
Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s game:
Tampa Bay Rays
|Yandy Diaz – 3B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Harold Ramirez – DH||Brandon Drury – 3B|
|Taylor Walls – SS||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Randy Arozarena – LF||Tyler Naquin – RF|
|Isaac Paredes – 1B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Josh Lowe – RF||Donovan Solano – DH|
|Yu Chang – 2B||Mike Moustakas – 1B|
|Rene Pinto – C||Albert Almora Jr. – CF|
|Brett Phillips – CF||Matt Reynolds – SS|
|Shane Baz – SP||Nick Lodolo – SP|
|Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Shane Baz’s Stats
In his return from the injured list on July 5th, Nick Lodolo struck out eight batters in 4.2 shutout innings. He’s only made four starts, so taking much of his splits for much value would be a fools errand. That’s doubly so given that teams aren’t really putting lefties in the lineup against him, racking up just 11 plate appearances total in those four games.
After missing the first six weeks after having loose bodies removed from his elbow, Shane Baz began a rehab stint in late May and made four appearances before joining Tampa Bat on June 11th. He’s made five starts since then. The first one didn’t go well as he allowed five runs in 2.1 innings. Since then he’s dominated with a 1.21 ERA in 22.1 innings with six walks and 26 strikeouts.
Much like Lodolo, the sample size is just too small to put too much weight into the splits below. With that said he’s had a little more success against lefties than righties.
When and Where
- Game time: 1:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 78°, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain
News and Notes
Joey Votto is out again
No Joey Votto in the lineup for the 6th consecutive day. Playing short – a Reds tradition unlike any other.
Prospect Elly De La Cruz is on one
On Thursday Elly De La Cruz was named to the 2022 Futures Game as one of the Reds representatives. Since then he’s hit five home runs and now has 20 on the season in 71 games.