The forecast for tonight’s game isn’t great with a decent chance of rain around the projected start time. But if the game gets started on time, the Cincinnati Reds will be sending Graham Ashcraft to the mound to try and make it five wins in a row. The New York Yankees will be sending their ace to the mound in Gerrit Cole. Scheduled first pitch is at 7:05pm tonight. Second Update: First pitch is now set for approximately 8:05pm ET.
Here are the lineups for this evening’s game:
New York Yankees
|Jonathan India – 2B||DJ LeMahieu – 1B|
|Brandon Drury – 3B||Gleyber Torres – 2B|
|Tommy Pham – LF||Anthony Rizzo – DH|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Giancarlo Stanton – RF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Josh Donaldson – 3B|
|Tyler Naquin – RF||Aaron Hicks – CF|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Jose Trevino – C|
|Mike Moustakas – DH||Isiah Kiner-Falefa – SS|
|Nick Senzel – CF||Joey Gallo – LF|
|Graham Ashcraft – SP||Gerrit Cole – SP|
Joey Votto is back in the lineup after missing the last week with back pain. Not exactly the best match up to return to, but being back and healthy enough to play is a good thing.
|Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Gerrit Cole’s Stats
Left-handed hitters haven’t had much success at all this season against Graham Ashcraft. He’s held lefites to a sub .260 on-base percentage and a sub .270 slugging percentage this season. Righties, though, are lighting him up to the tune of a .337 average and a .516 slugging percentage. Part of that is likely due to the fact that his ground ball rate against righties is just 45.1%, while against lefties it’s 60.9%. One rate is only slightly higher than the league average, while the other one is an elite rate of ground balls and it’s difficult to turn ground balls into extra-base hits.
One of the better pitchers in baseball, Gerrit Cole is good against lefties and righties and he’s good at home and on the road. With that said, he’s pitched better at home this season, posting a 2.31 ERA and holding hitters to a .196/.229/.326 line.
He’s been incredible against lefties this season, holding them to a .142 average, though they have hit nine home runs against him along the way. Righties have done a little better this season as they’ve hit .245 against him and as such are carrying a higher on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
When and Where
- Game time: 7:05pm ET
- Where: Yankee Stadium
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 86°, scattered thunderstorms, 50% chance of rain
News and Notes
Stuart Fairchild called up, Almora Jr. to the IL
Prior to the game today the Reds called up Stuart Fairchild from Triple-A Louisville and placed Albert Almora Jr. on the injured list. Fairchild was hitting .315/.354/.685 in 20 games with the Bats since he was picked up on waivers a month ago.
Reds lose Triple-A pitching coach
Seth Etherton, who had been the pitching coach in Triple-A Louisville, is leaving the organization to take over as the pitching coach at USC where he was an 3-time All-American pitcher and the 1998 NCAA Player of the Year.