After having Thursday off, the Cincinnati Reds will open up a new home series against the Colorado Rockies tonight. The Reds are sending Luis Cessa to the mound for his third straight start. Colorado will be sending Kyle Freeland out to face down Spencer Steer in his big league debut. Joey Votto will be joining the television broadcast on Bally Sports Ohio again tonight. First pitch is set for 6:40pm.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s series opener:
|Ryan McMahon – 3B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Brendan Rodgers – 2B||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Charlie Blackmon – DH||Kyle Farmer – DH|
|C.J. Cron – 1B||Donovan Solano – 1B|
|Jose Iglesias – SS||Stuart Fairchild – LF|
|Randal Grichuk – CF||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|Michael Toglia – RF||Spencer Steer – 3B|
|Elias Diaz – C||Jose Barrero – SS|
|Sean Bouchard – LF||Chuckie Robinson – C|
|Kyle Freeland – SP||Luis Cessa – SP|
|Links: Luis Cessa’s Stats | Kyle Freeland’s Stats
After lasting just two innings in his first return to the rotation since 2018, Luis Cessa gave up one run in 4.0 innings last week against Washington in his second start.
With so few innings pitched this year, the splits for Luis Cessa can swing a bit with each start moving forward. For now it’s been right-handed hitters that have been teeing off on Cessa this year while walking plenty. Lefties aren’t hitting for much power and aren’t walking much, but they are hitting for a solid average.
The home and road splits for Kyle Freeland are pretty big, which isn’t surprising given that he’s a pitcher for the Rockies. On the road he’s posted a 3.62 ERA and hitters have a .244/.317/.382 line against him.
When it comes to how he handles lefties and righties, the splits are pretty extreme, too. Lefties are hitting very well against him, slugging .561 and hitting .311 against him. They don’t walk a lot, but they make contact and make it count. Right-handed hitters are solid across the board, but nothing stands out in how they perform against him.
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: 82°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain
News and Notes
Hunter Greene’s Rehab Start
Last night Hunter Greene made his 1st rehab start in Triple-A with the Louisville Bats. He allowed one hit and struck out four batters in 2.0 shutout innings. We wrote a little more about it and have some video from the start if you want to check that out.
Spencer Steer gets the nod
Tonight will be the big league debut for Spencer Steer. He’s played around the infield quite a bit in his minor league career, but he’s had more experience at third base than any other position and that’s where he’ll find himself tonight for the Reds. This season he’s spent time in Double-A Wichita (Twins), Triple-A St. Paul (Twins), and Triple-A Louisville (Reds) and has hit a combined .274/.364/.515 with 30 doubles, 2 triples, 23 home runs, 51 walks, and 89 strikeouts in 106 games played. Here’s some video of his last Triple-A home run.