The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs have split the first two games of the series and the winner of this afternoon’s contest claims the series. The Reds will turn to Luis Cessa to try and pick up the victory. Chiacgo will send Adrian Sampson to the mound as they look to widen their lead over the Reds in the division’s race for third place. First pitch is set for 2:20pm ET. The game today will be watchable exclusively on YouTube (for free).
Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s series finale:
|TJ Friedl – CF||Zach McKinstry – 2B|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Seiya Suzuki – RF|
|Kyle Farmer – 3B||Franmil Reyes – DH|
|Jake Fraley – LF||Ian Happ – LF|
|Spencer Steer – 1B||Nico Hoerner – SS|
|Aristides Aquino – RF||P.J. Higgins – C|
|Nick Senzel – DH||Alfonso Rivas – 1B|
|Jose Barrero – SS||Nelson Velazquez – CF|
|Austin Romine – C||David Bote – 3B|
|Luis Cessa – SP||Adrian Sampson – SP|
|Links: Luis Cessa’s Stats | Adrian Sampson’s Stats
Over his three starts, Luis Cessa has been building up his pitch count and in his last outing he fired 5.0 innings on 69 pitches against Colorado. How much further he’ll he asked to go than that this season is unknown
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 year began for Adrian Sampson in Triple-A Iowa where he spent the first month of the season before making a spot start against the Dodgers. After that he was optioned, then designated for assignment and and claimed by Seattle. They designated him for assignment a week later and he elected free agency, then re-signed with the Cubs on a minor league deal. Two weeks later he was called up to Chicago, and three weeks later he was in the big leagues for good.
Teams have tried to put as many lefties in the lineup as they can against Sampson this year but it’s right-handed hitters that have found success against him in 2022. Righties have an advantage is walk rate, average, on-base percentage, and power. Lefties have managed just one home run against him in 159 plate appearances, while righties have hit six of them in 18 fewer chances.
When and Where
- Game time: 2:20pm ET
- Where: Wrigley Field
- Watch: YouTube (Free)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 79°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Daniel Duarte heads out on a rehab assignment
It’s been a long time since Daniel Duarte was on the mound in a game. He pitched in three games for the Reds in April before going on the injured list on April 16th. A week later he was transferred to the 60-day injured list with swelling in his right elbow. Today he heads to Louisville to begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A.
Joey Votto is the Reds Roberto Clemente Award nominee
The Cincinnati Reds announced that Joey Votto is their nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award earlier today. You can vote on the award here. From Major League Baseball: The Roberto Clemente Award is bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.