The series began with a blowout win on Monday night for the St. Louis Cardinals. Tonight the Reds will look to rebound and get back in the win column. Cincinnati will send Justin Dunn to the mound as he tries to put together a good start for the third consecutive game. The Cardinals will be sending Dakota Hudson and his groundball tendencies to the mound to try and keep the 1st place squad’s winning streak going. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:
St. Louis Cardinals
|Lars Nootbaar – RF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Brendan Donovan – 2B||Jake Fraley – DH|
|Paul Goldschmidt – 1B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Nolan Arenado – 3B||Donovan Solano – 1B|
|Albert Pujols – DH||TJ Friedl – LF|
|Tyler O’Neill – CF||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Corey Dickerson – LF||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|Yadier Molina – C||Alejo Lopez – 3B|
|Tommy Edman – SS||Austin Romine – C|
|Dakota Hudson – SP||Justin Dunn – SP|
|Links: Justin Dunn’s Stats | Dakota Hudson’s Stats
After struggling the first two times out this year, Justin Dunn has put together back-to-back starts where he allowed one and two earned runs over 11.0 combined innings and struck out nine batters.
The splits this season between the big leagues and minors for Dunn show that he’s really struggled against left-handed hitters. They’ve walked more often than they’ve struck out against him and that includes both a very high walk rate and a low strikeout rate. They’ve also hit for a very high average and slugging percentage. Right-handed hitters haven’t hit for much average or gotten on base a lot, but they are showing a good amount of power against him, too.
Splits (In MILB and MLB this season)
Strikeouts are a big part of today’s game but not so much for Dakota Hudson who has the 3rd lowest strikeout rate out of 147 pitchers with at least 70 innings pitched this season. His walk rate isn’t good, either. But he gets a high rate of grounders and keeps the ball in the ballpark.
Hudson has weird splits. Not shown below is that his ERA on the road is 5.05 compared to just 3.25 at home. But he also has weird righty/lefty splits. He’s a righty, and lefties walk more often than they strike out against him, but they don’t do anything at all when they make contact as they are hitting just .228 and slugging just .317 against him. They do walk often, giving them a good on-base percentage, though. Righties make plenty of contact against him, too, and they hit for a nice .287 average against him, but with all of the grounders they don’t slug much.
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: 78°, cloudy, 10% chance of rain
News and Notes
Derek Law up, Ross Detwiler DFA’d
The Reds have called up Derek Law from Triple-A today and he’s taking the place in the bullpen of Ross Detwiler who was designated for assignment. We’ve got more on both of those moves if you’re interested in reading about them.
Joey Votto on his surgery, future
Earlier today we shared the entire 15-minute video of Joey Votto speaking to the media about his surgery and moving forward with the Cincinnati Reds. You can go watch it here.