The Cincinnati Reds will look to rebound in Tuesday’s day/night doubleheader after dropping the first game of their 4-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. Cincinnati will send Luis Cessa to the mound in game one. The Pirates will counter by sending their own reliever who is starting to the mound in Johan Oviedo. First pitch is set for 12:35pm.
With the doubleheader being a day/night version instead of back-to-back games with a 30-minute in-between period, we’ll have two separate game previews and game recaps today.
Here are the lineups for the 1st of two games today:
|Oneil Cruz – SS||TJ Friedl – DH|
|Bryan Reynolds – DH||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Rodolfo Castro – 2B||Kyle Farmer – 3B|
|Jack Suwinski – CF||Jake Fraley – LF|
|Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|Ben Gamel – LF||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Michael Chavis – 1B||Spencer Steer – 1B|
|Cal Mitchell – RF||Jose Barrero – SS|
|Tyler Heineman – C||Austin Romine – C|
|Johan Oviedo – SP||Luis Cessa – C|
|Links: Luis Cessa’s Stats | Johan Oviedo’s Stats
Things have gone well for Luis Cessa as a starting pitcher of late. In his last three starts he’s allowed five runs in 14.2 innings (3.07 ERA) with just two walks and he’s struck out 13 batters.
With his limited number of innings we’re dealing with a smaller sample size, but the splits this season for Luis Cessa have been big. While the difference in average is small between lefties and righties, the on-base gap is over 50 points and the slugging percentage gap favors righties by 144 points.
Splitting his season between St. Louis and Pittsburgh, Oviedo has made three starts this year and pitched out of the bullpen in another 13 appearances. His last two games have been as a starter, though he’s thrown just 4.2 combined innings in those outings while walking eight batters. Small sample size issues not withstanding, Oviedo has 11 walks in 9.2 innings as a starter but just four walks in 20.1 innings as a reliever this year.
While still dealing with the small sample size issues of just 30.0 innings this season, Oviedo has dominated left-handed hitters, who are just 4-43 against him with three doubles. Right-handed hitters, though, are crushing the ball against him with a .338 average and a .984 OPS.
When and Where
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 68°, partly cloudy, 5% chance of rain
News and Notes
Reds call up Kyle Dowdy, sort of
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 13, 2022
Aristides Aquino remains hot
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— Late Night Reds Talk LIVE (@LateReds) September 13, 2022