The Cincinnati Reds will try to avoid a 4-game sweep tonight at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies. Cincinnati will send Justin Dunn to the mound. Aaron Nola will get the ball for the Phillies as they try and win their 4th straight. First pitch is set for 7:05pm ET.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:
|Jake Fraley – LF||Kyle Schwarber – LF|
|Nick Senzel – 3B||Rhys Hoskins – 1B|
|Kyle Farmer – DH||Bryson Stott – SS|
|Donovan Solano – 1B||Nick Castellanos – DH|
|TJ Friedl – CF||Jean Segura – 2B|
|Aristides Aquino – RF||Garrett Stubbs – C|
|Alejo Lopez – 2B||Matt Vierling – RF|
|Jose Barrero – SS||Bradley Zimmer – CF|
|Austin Romine – C||Edmundo Sosa – 3B|
|Justin Dunn – SP||Aaron Nola – SP|
Nick Senzel gets the start third base for the third time in his career (the other two times came last season in May).
|Links: Justin Dunn’s Stats | Aaron Nola’s Stats
After allowing eight runs 8.1 innings over his first two starts, Justin Dunn gave up just one run the last time out against the Pirates in 5.0 innings. He did walk four batters in the outing, but gave up just three hits and escaped trouble.
Dunn has spent most of his time this season in the minor leagues, but overall he’s still thrown just 41.1 innings. Lefties are hitting well against him, posting an average over .300 while walking more than they are striking out, making plenty of contact, and hitting for power. Right-handed hitters are hitting for a lot of power against him, too, but aren’t getting on base nearly as often.
Splits (MiLB & MLB)
Coming off of his worst start of the season against the Mets where he allowed five runs in 5.0 innings, Aaron Nola will look to get back to his norm as one of the better pitchers in the league.
The splits against Nola are interesting. Right-handed hitters are showing significantly more power, slugging .404 against him. But they also don’t hit much and they almost never walk against him. Left-handed hitters walk twice as often, which still isn’t much at all, but they show no power and are hitting just .201 against him.
When and Where
- Game time: 7:05pm ET
- Where: Citizens Bank Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 87°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Preparing Spencer Steer for a call up?
Spencer Steer had only been in the organization for a few weeks, coming over in the deal for Tyler Mahle at the trade deadline, but among the acquired prospects he’s probably the closest to helping in the big leagues. Over the last two nights the Reds have had him play both first base and right field for the Triple-A Louisville Bats – positions he’s never played before in either college or as a professional. With limits on September rosters now being just 28 players, is this a sign that Cincinnati could be looking for ways to get him time next month in the big leagues while also trying to sort out some of their depth?