The Cincinnati Reds will look at start a winning streak tonight after they picked up a win on Friday night over the Washington Nationals. Cincinnati will be turning to Luis Cessa for the start. Washington is sending Paolo Espino to the mound as he looks to pick up his first win of the season. First pitch is set for 7:05pm ET.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:
|Jake Fraley – LF||Luis Garcia – 2B|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Joey Meneses – RF|
|Kyle Farmer – 3B||Luke Voit – 1B|
|Donovan Solano – DH||Nelson Cruz – DH|
|TJ Friedl – CF||Keibert Ruiz – C|
|Aristides Aquino – RF||CJ Abrams – SS|
|Colin Moran – 1B||Lane Thomas – LF|
|Jose Barrero – SS||Ildemaro Vargas – 3B|
|Chuckie Robinson – C||Victor Robles – CF|
|Luis Cessa – SP||Paolo Espino – SP|
Colin Moran gets called up and put right into the lineup at first base tonight against the Nationals.
|Links: Luis Cessa’s Stats | Paolo Espino’s Stats
Making his second straight start, Luis Cessa threw 41 pitches the last time out. That was enough to get him through two innings. We’ll all find out together tonight if he is asked to pitch more than that this time out.
This season he’s found more success against left-handed batters, holding them to a .715 OPS with a good strikeout-to-walk ratio. Right-handed hitters, though, have touched him up often. They are hitting for average and power, drawing a lot of walks, and they are making a lot of contact.
Espino has spent time in both the rotation and bullpen this year, but his last 13 games have accounted for all of his starts. He’s performed far better as a reliever, where he posted a 2.03 ERA and held batters to a .574 OPS. As a starter his ERA is 5.34 this season and opponents have an OPS of .851 against him.
On top of his starter/reliever splits, Espino has big splits with lefties and righties. When it comes to average and on-base percentage there’s no difference between the two sides, but right-handed hitters are hitting for significantly more power against Espino than left-handed hitters are.
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: 83°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
Mike Moustakas to the IL, Colin Moran called up
Earlier this afternoon the Reds placed Mike Moustakas on the injured list and called up Colin Moran from Triple-A. Moran was not on the 40-man roster, so they had to add him, making it a strange choice given that he’s hit .176/.192/.338 with 2 walks and 21 strikeouts for Triple-A Louisville in August.
Elly De La Cruz is making the adjustments
Earlier today I wrote a bunch of words about how Reds top prospect Elly De La Cruz has been making progress as the season has gone along and how that’s led to him putting up video game type numbers in the second half of the season.
The Reds signed Chase Anderson
Cincinnati’s injured list between the big league club and Triple-A has enough pitchers on it to be it’s own rotation and bullpen. To say it’s thin with no depth would be an understatement. Needing anyone with an arm that can throw a baseball 60 feet and 6 inches, the Reds signed Chase Anderson to a minor league deal and placed him onto the taxi squad.