After a rare off day on a Friday, the Cincinnati Reds get back on the field tonight as they take on the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. The Reds are sending rookie Graham Ashcraft to the mound and the Cubs will counter with Adrian Sampson. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s contest:
|Nick Madrigal – 2B||Jake Fraley – LF|
|Willson Contreras – C||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Ian Happ – LF||Kyle Farmer – 3B|
|Seiya Suzuki – RF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Franmil Reyes – DH||Donovan Solano – DH|
|Nico Hoerner – SS||Matt Reynolds – 2B|
|Patrick Wisdom – 1B||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|Nelson Velazquez – CF||Jose Barrero – SS|
|Zach McKinstry – 3B||Michael Papierski – C|
|Adrian Sampson – SP||Graham Ashcraft – SP|
|Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Adrian Sampson’s Stats
Great American Ball Park has bee kind to Graham Ashcraft this season as his ERA is a full run lower at home (3.46) than it is on the road.
Managers are still sending left-handed hitters to the plate frequently against Ashcraft without look at the splits for some reason. Lefties have done next to nothing against him this season, while right-handed hitters have put up MVP caliber rates against him.
Like Ashcraft, Sampson is facing a lot more lefties than he should be right now. Left-handed hitters have a .618 OPS against him on the season, while right-handed hitters have a .761 OPS against him. Despite those numbers, he’s faced more lefties this season than righties. Sampson has only made three road starts, but his ERA away from Wrigley is 4.30 (3.63 at home).
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 79°, cloudy, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Hunter Greene moving in the right direction
Hunter Greene, currently on the IL for the Reds with a shoulder strain, is currently playing catch out in right field.
He continues to make positive progress.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) August 13, 2022
Chris Okey released
The Cincinnati Reds have released catcher Chris Okey. The 2016 2nd round pick by the Reds got a 2 week stint in the big leagues in June this year before he was sent back to Triple-A. A week later he was designated for assignment, cleared waivers, and sent back to Triple-A where he’s been ever since.