The Cincinnati Reds have lost the first two games of their 4-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. Tonight they will send Graham Ashcraft to the mound in his first start back off of the injured list. It will be a tough match up as the Reds offense will have to face off against one of the best pitchers in the game in Corbin Burnes as Milwaukee looks to guarantee a series win with a victory tonight. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
Here’s the lineup for tonight’s game:
|Christian Yelich – LF||TJ Friedl – DH|
|Willy Adames – SS||Spencer Steer – 3B|
|Rowdy Tellez – 1B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Hunter Renfroe – RF||Stuart Fairchild – LF|
|Kolten Wong – 2B||Alejo Lopez – 2B|
|Andrew McCutchen – DH||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|Luis Urias – 3B||Matt Reynolds – 1B|
|Omar Narvaez – C||Michael Siani – CF|
|Tyrone Taylor – CF||Chuckie Robinson – C|
|Corbin Burnes – SP||Graham Ashcraft – SP|
|Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Brandon Woodruff’s Stats
Fresh off of the injured list, Graham Ashcraft takes the mound tonight hoping to do better than he did in his final rehab start where he allowed 11 hits in 2.2 innings in Triple-A.
This season Graham Ashcraft has been pretty dominant against left-handed hitters, holding them to just four extra-base hits in 195 plate appearances. Managers still try to stack their lineup with lefties against him for some reason. Right-handed hitters, though, are doing the dominating on the season against Ashcraft. They are hitting .320 and slugging .500 against him, showing significantly more power than lefties have this season despite making a little bit more contact.
Last year’s Cy Young Award winner isn’t having quite the same kind of season he had in 2021, but he’s been outstanding. He’s pitched better on the road than at home (2.83 ERA on the road) and held hitters to a .605 OPS when away from Milwaukee.
When it comes to his splits against lefties and righties there’s not much of a difference. Righties are hitting .196 with a .617 OPS against him. Lefties are hitting a fraction better at .207 with a .632 OPS against him. Lefties walk a little more but strike out a little more, too. No matter how you slice it there’s not really any advantage from a handedness perspective against Burnes.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 72°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Luis Castillo signed an extension with Seattle
Cincinnati traded Luis Castillo to Seattle six weeks ago. Now he’ll be a Seattle Mariner for the next six seasons after signing a long-term extension for $108M for five years, with an optionable 6th season. I wrote about what that could potentially mean about the Reds and where they are as a franchise if you want to wallow in misery.
Dauri Moreta optioned to Triple-A
Graham Ashcraft was activated from the injured list today so he could make the start for Cincinnati. To clear a spot for him ont he 28-man roster the Reds optioned reliever Dauri Moreta to Triple-A Louisville.