Tonight the Cincinnati Reds will begin a new series after being swept in four games by the Philadelphia Phillies. Cincinnati head to Washington, D.C. to take on the Nationals. Mike Minor will take the mound for the Reds. The Nationals will be sending Cade Cavalli to the mound to make his big league debut. First pitch is set for 7:05pm ET. This game is the free MLB.tv game of the day for those who are out of market.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:
|Jake Fraley – DH||Lane Thomas – LF|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Luis Garcia – 2B|
|Kyle Farmer – 3B||Joey Meneses – RF|
|Donovan Solano – 1B||Luke Voit – 1B|
|TJ Friedl – CF||Nelson Cruz – DH|
|Aristides Aquino – RF||Keibert Ruiz – C|
|Stuart Fairchild – LF||CJ Abrams – SS|
|Jose Barrero – SS||Ildemaro Vargas – 3B|
|Chuckie Robinson – C||Victor Robles – CF|
|Mike Minor – SP||Cade Cavalli – SP|
Jonathan India is back in the lineup after dealing with continued issues with his leg swelling after being hit by a pitch in the Field of Dreams game. Nick Senzel is out of the lineup after clearing having some issues with his hamstring last night in Philadelphia.
|Cade Cavalli (AAA)||97.0||3.71||1.18||39||104|
|Links: Mike Minor’s Stats | Cade Cavalli’s Stats
Managers still aren’t giving many chances for their left-handed hitters to face Mike Minor, but when they do get the chance they are hitting for a little bit of power. They aren’t hitting many singles and they aren’t getting on base, though. Right-hnaded hitters, however, are crushing the ball against him with a .312 average and a slugging percentage pushing .600.
If you look at the overall numbers for Cade Cavalli in Triple-A this year you might see a bunch of solid numbers, but nothing that really jumps out at you. But he’s basically had two seasons. For the first five weeks he struggled, posting a 7.62 ERA. In the 13 starts he’s made since then he’s allowed two home runs in 68.2 innings with a 2.10 ERA while holding batters to a .189/.277/.256 line.
With no big league time we don’t have the same kind of pitch use data for him as we usually would. With that said, here’s what Baseball America had to say about the 52nd ranked prospect in minor league baseball (rankings as of August 8th): His fastball works in the 95-97 MPH range and has touched higher. He also has both a curveball and a slider/cutter. All three of those pitches grade out as above-average to plus. He also throws a solid change up.
When and Where
- Game time: 7:05pm ET
- Where: Nationals Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 87°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
It would seem that there’s not much newsy or notey happening today.