The Cincinnati Reds will begin a weekend series tonight in Milwaukee as they face off against the second place Brewers. Cincinnati will turn to Nick Lodolo to try and get the series off on the correct foot. The Brew Crew will counter by sending former Yankees assistant to the traveling secretary Jason Alexander to the hill. First pitch is set for 8:10pm ET.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s series opener:
|TJ Friedl – LF||Andrew McCutchen – DH|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Willy Adames – SS|
|Kyle Farmer – 3B||Christian Yelich – LF|
|Jake Fraley – DH||Hunter Renfroe – RF|
|Donovan Solano – 1B||Mike Brosseau – 3B|
|Aristides Aquino – RF||Keston Hiura – 1B|
|Nick Senzel – CF||Luis Urias – 2B|
|Jose Barrero – SS||Victor Caratini – C|
|Austin Romine – C||Tyrone Taylor – CF|
|Nick Lodolo – SP||Jason Alexander – SP|
|Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Jason Alexander’s Stats
Coming off of one of the best starts of his career, a 6-inning shutout performance, Nick Lodolo returns to the mound tonight to take on the Milwaukee Brewers. He’ll be looking to improve upon his 3-run, 4.2 innings performance in Milwaukee from a month ago in his only matchup with the division foe.
Teams don’t send many lefties to the plate against Lodolo. He’s pitched in four games this season when he didn’t face a single lefty, and the ones who do get the chance to face him haven’t done much of anything against him this season. Righties had more success early on in the season, but their numbers have been on a steady decline against him over the last month and a half. They are still doing far better than lefties, but they haven’t found a ton of success lately.
The Brewers have had Jason Alexander working in both the rotation and bullpen this year, with his last two appearances coming out of the rotation. He faced the Reds back on June 18th as a starter and allowed two earned runs in 5.2 innings on eight hits and a walk while picking up his first career win.
The splits for Jason Alexander are significant. Left-handed hitters are putting up MVP-ish numbers against him, posting a .322 average and slugging .565 while making tons of contact. Right-handed hitters are also making tons of contact, and his for a solid .281 average, but they are hitting for no power to speak of against him.
When and Where
- Game time: 8:10pm ET
- Where: American Family Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: They play in a dome
News and Notes
Reds pick up Luke Farrell
Early this afternoon the Cincinnati Reds claimed Luke Farrell off of waivers from the Cubs. Farrell pitched for the Reds back in 2017 before he was designated for assignment after the season. Now he’s coming back to join the club.
Matt Reynolds is back, Albert Almora Jr. is out
Cincinnati activated Matt Reynolds from the injured list this afternoon and he’ll be taking the roster spot of Albert Almora Jr., who was designated for assignment.