The Reds picked up an 8-5 win on Saturday to guarantee a series win in Chicago. But Cincinnati will take the field at Wrigley this afternoon looking for a sweep of the Cubs before an off day on Monday. This afternoon’s first pitch is set for 2:20pm ET.
|Jonathan India – DH||Nico Hoerner – 2B|
|Matt McLain – SS||Dansby Swanson – SS|
|Spencer Steer – 1B||Ian Happ – LF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Seiya Suzuki – RF|
|Stuart Fairchild – LF||Christopher Morel – DH|
|Nick Senzel – 3B||Trey Mancini – 1B|
|Kevin Newman – 2B||Mike Tauchman – CF|
|Jake Fraley – RF||Patrick Wisdom – 3B|
|Jose Barrero – CF||Yan Gomes – C|
|Graham Ashcraft – RHP||Drew Smyly – LHP|
|Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Drew Smyly’s Stats
After his first six starts of the season, Graham Ashcraft had an ERA of 2.00. But over his next four (and most recent) starts he’s allowed 25 earned runs in 17.1 innings (12.98 ERA) and his season ERA has ballooned up to 5.57. He’s given up 32 hits in that span and struggled to get hitters out.
As it has been for his career, right-handed hitters have found plenty of success against Graham Ashcraft. They are hitting .321 this season, making plenty of contact, walking at a solid clip, and hitting for a good amount of power against him. Lefties aren’t hitting nearly as well, though managers still put plenty of them in the lineup against him despite overwhelming evidence that he’s got reverse platoon splits.
Through 10 starts this season, Drew Smyly leads the league with a 0.98 WHIP. His 2.93 ERA isn’t bad either. The lefty has been very good in the first two months of the year in his second season with the Cubs.
This season his splits are crazy. Left-handed hitters are hitting .320 and slugging .540 against him while also striking out a bunch and not walking at all. Right-handed hitters are walking more, making much more contact, and just haven’t been able to turn any of that into any sort of production. Since his return to the big leagues in 2019 (he missed all of 2017 and made one rehab appearance in 2018 in the minor leagues), his platoon splits have been all over the place – so it’s tough to say how against the grain this season as been in regards to how it’s played out so far.
When and Where
- Game time: 2:20pm ET
- Where: Wrigley Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 67°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
The Tyler Naquin trade is paying off early
Earlier this morning we took a look at how the two prospects that the Reds acquired in the trade last July with the New York Mets that sent them outfielder Tyler Naquin. And let’s just say that the results have been good so far – with both players being among the best performers in the leagues they are playing in this year.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|