The Cincinnati Reds will look to avoid being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday afternoon as the two teams meet up for the finale of their 3-game series at Great American Ball Park. The Reds will send Nick Lodolo to the mound to try and slow down the Phillies offense that dropped 11 runs on Cincinnati last night. Philadelphia will send their own lefty starter to the mound as Ranger Suarez hoping to continue his outstanding run since returning to the rotation a month ago. First pitch is set for 12:35pm.
Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s series finale:
|Jean Segura – 2B||Jonathan India – DH|
|Rhys Hoskins – 1B||Jake Fraley – LF|
|Alec Bohm – 3B||Kyle Farmer – 3B|
|J.T. Realmuto – C||Matt Reynolds – 1B|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Albert Almora Jr. – CF|
|Edmundo Sosa – SS||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|Darick Hall – DH||Alejo Lopez – 2B|
|Matt Vierling – CF||Jose Barrero – SS|
|Nick Maton – LF||Austin Romine – C|
|Ranger Suarez – SP||Nick Lodolo – SP|
Just a fun note about today’s lineup from Joel Luckhaupt: Aristides Aquino has the most career home runs of anyone in the Reds lineup today with 35. Note from me: That’s 11 less than Aaron Judge has this season. What a time to be alive.
|Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Ranger Suarez’s Stats
Pitching at Great American Ball Park usually isn’t a man’s best option, but for Nick Lodolo it’s been significantly better for him than pitching on the road. Now, it’s a small sample size of just three starts on the road but he’s posting an ERA of 8.49 away from Cincinnati, while at home his ERA has been 3.50 in seven starts.
When it comes to lefties and righties, the difference is also quite large. Teams don’t send lefties to the plate against Lodolo. He’s gone three games without facing a lefty and has faced them for just 26 plate appearances this season. Right-handed hitters, though, face him often and they’ve had plenty of success, posting an .862 OPS against him with solid or better numbers across the board.
After missing nearly three weeks from late June to mid-July, Ranger Suarez has returned and been dominant for the Phillies. He’s made five starts since then and allowed just four earned runs in 28.1 innings (1.27 ERA) and given up just one home run.
The left-handed starter, like Lodolo, doesn’t see many lefties in the lineup against him, but the ones that he does face don’t do a whole lot. Right-handed hitters have found some success, hitting for a solid average. They make contact at a decent rate, but they don’t show much power when they do.
When and Where
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 77°, sunny, 5% chance of rain
News and Notes
Art Warren activated, Buck Farmer out
The Reds announced this morning that reliever Art Warren has been activated and that Buck Farmer has been placed on the bereavement list. Warren has missed the last six weeks, last taking the mound on July 2nd against the Braves.