Two of the worst teams in Major League Baseball will be playing in the showcase Field of Dreams game tonight on FOX. The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs will each be sending a lefty to the mound, with Nick Lodolo taking the ball for the Reds and Drew Smyly for the Cubs. First pitch in the corn field is set for 7:15pm.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s contest:
|Nick Madrigal – 2B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Willson Contreras – C||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Patrick Wisdom – 3B||Kyle Farmer – 3B|
|Seiya Suzuki – RF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Nico Hoerner – SS||Donovan Solano – DH|
|Ian Happ – LF||Albert Almora Jr. – LF|
|Nelson Velazquez – DH||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|P.J. Higgins – 1B||Jose Barrero – SS|
|Christopher Morel – CF||Austin Romine – C|
|Drew Smyly – SP||Nick Lodolo – SP|
|Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Drew Smyly’s Stats
Following the worst outing of his career on July 16th when he allowed five runs in just 2.0 innings, Nick Lodolo has turned things around a bit. In the three starts since then he’s allowed four earned runs in 16.2 innings with 8 walks and 20 strikeouts.
The lefty has been dominant against left-handed hitters this season. Of course they haven’t really been given much opportunity against him, either, as opposing managers have rarely allowed them to step into the batters box against him. Those that have, though, have failed. Right-handed hitters, though, have found plenty of success. They don’t make a ton of contact, but when they do, they have turned that contact into hits and shown solid power and drawn plenty of walks.
Lefties don’t get too many chances against Smyly, but they do get more against him than they do against Lodolo. They haven’t hit a ton, but they’ve shown a little bit of pop against him in their limited opportunities. Righties have had some success against him this season. They don’t walk much, which does hold down their on-base percentage, but they’re hitting .285 and showing good power with a .492 slugging percentage against him.
When and Where
- Game time: 7:15pm ET
- Where: A corn field in Dyersville, Iowa
- Watch: FOX
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 75°, sunny, 5% chance of rain
News and Notes
Chuckie Robinson called up
The Reds called up catcher Chuckie Robinson today as the 27th man for the game. Not sure why the game gets a 27th player, but it does, and Robinson will spend his first ever day in the big leagues in a corn field.
What was Ray’s real financial problem?
In Field of Dreams the storyline is that Ray is risking his farm by plowing the field of corn to make a baseball field. Hate to be “that guy” (no, I absolutely don’t, I AM definitely that guy), but as many have pointed out, the plowing of the field and wasting of that corn was only worth about $1200-1300 in 1989 when the movie was supposed to take place. There’s no way that kind of loss would cost him the farm, literally, so I want to know what his real financial problems were from.