Cincinnati’s offense went off last night as the Reds picked up a win in the first game of the series. A win today by Cincinnati would mean a series win over the Cardinals. St. Louis and Cincinnati will both be sending lefty starting pitchers to the mound with ERA’s over 6.00 this evening, with the Reds going with Mike Minor and the Cardinals countering with Steven Matz. The game will be available free on MLB.tv if you are out of market. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
Here are the lineups for this evening’s game:
St. Louis Cardinals
|Dylan Carlson – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Tyler O’Neill – LF||Brandon Drury – 3B|
|Paul Goldschmidt – 1B||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Nolan Arenado – 3B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Albert Pujols – DH||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Tommy Edman – 2B||Donovan Solano – DH|
|Brendan Donovan – RF||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Edmundo Sosa – SS||Stuart Fairchild – RF|
|Andrew Knizner – C||Mark Kolozsvary – C|
|Steven Matz – SP||Mike Minor – SP|
|Links: Mike Minor’s Stats | Steven Matz’s Stats
It’s been a tough season for Mike Minor. He missed the first seven weeks of the season before returning in early June, but since his return he’s only had one start that could be deemed quality in any way as his ERA sits at 6.21 through eight games.
Left-handed hitters haven’t had much success against Mike Minor this season, hitting just .200 with a .241 on-base percentage in limited action. But when they have had hits they’ve been for extra-bases nearly half of the time. Right-handed hitters are crushing the ball against Minor, making plenty of contact, and hitting for tons of power.
Two really poor starts have the ERA for Matz over 6.00, and he also missed five weeks from mid-May until late June before he returned for a minor league rehab stint. Today will be his first big league start since May 17th.
The lefty hasn’t faced many left-handed hitters this year, but when he has the hitters have gotten the best of that match up, hitting over .300 and showing a little bit of pop. Right-handed hitters aren’t getting on base a lot against him, but they are hitting for a solid .275 average and they are hitting for plenty of power, too.
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: 90°, partly cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
Mark Kolozsvary called up
Cincinnati called up catcher Mark Kolozsvary to take over the roster spot opened up by Tyler Stephenson heading to the injured list.