The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals will both be going for the series win this afternoon after they split the first two games on the 3-game set. The Cardinals will hand the ball off to one of the best pitchers in the league in Miles Mikolas while Cincinnati counters with Tyler Mahle. First pitch is set for 1:40pm. The game is available for free on MLB.tv if you are out of market.
Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s game:
St. Louis Cardinals
|Dylan Carlson – CF||Tyler Naquin – RF|
|Tyler O’Neill – LF||Brandon Drury – 3B|
|Paul Goldschmidt – 1B||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Nolan Arenado – 3B||Joey Votto – DH|
|Nolan Gorman – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Tommy Edman – SS||Mike Moustakas – 1B|
|Brendan Donovan – DH||Matt Reynolds – 2B|
|Lars Nootbaar – RF||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Andrew Knizner – C||Michael Papierski – C|
|Miles Mikolas – SP||Tyler Mahle – SP|
Jonathan India was a late scratch from the lineup. Matt Reynolds will be starting at second base this afternoon in his place.
|Links: Tyler Mahle’s Stats | Miles Mikolas’ Stats
After a disastrous start in late May, Tyler Mahle’s been very good in his last seven outings, posting a 2.58 ERA in 45.1 innings pitched. As the trade deadline approaches, Mahle is one of several Reds that is expected to be among the names that are being discussed even though he’s not a free agent until after the 2023 season.
Mahle has pitched better on the road than at home. In Great American Ball Park this year his ERA is 4.99 in 10 starts and opponents are hitting .276/.355/.458 against him. That’s an OPS 252 points higher than he’s allowed opponents to hit against him on the road. When it comes to lefty/righty splits there are some difference. Righties make more contact, walk way less often, and hit for a higher average.
It’s remarkable how even the splits are for Miles Mikolas at this point in the season. There’s virtually no difference in how left-handed hitters and right-handed hitters results have turned out. He’s been one of the better pitchers in the league this season. He’s been slightly worse on the road, but even then his road ERA is 2.83 and opponents are hitting just .230/.282/.358 against him.
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: 90°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Jeff Hoffman to the IL, Justin Dunn to Triple-A
Prior to today’s game the Reds announced that Jeff Hoffman is heading to the injured list with forearm tightness. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that the hope is he can return in 15 days. Tyler Mahle was activated today and takes his spot on the roster. Justin Dunn’s rehab stint is complete and he’s been activated and optioned to Triple-A.