The Cincinnati Reds need a win today if they want to attempt to split the series against Milwaukee after the Brewers took the first two games of the 4-game series at Great American Ball Park. The two teams will take the field this afternoon with first pitch set for 1:40pm ET.
|Christian Yelich – LF||Kevin Newman – DH|
|Owen Miller – 3B||Matt McLain – SS|
|Rowdy Tellez – 1B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Jon Singleton – DH||Jake Fraley – RF|
|Andruw Monasterio – 2B||Spencer Steer – 1B|
|Blake Perkins – RF||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Brice Turang – SS||Nick Senzel – 3B|
|Victor Caratini – C||Will Benson – CF|
|Joey Wiemer – CF||T.J. Hopkins – LF|
|Adrian Houser – RHP||Ben Lively – RHP|
|Links: Ben Lively’s Stats | Adrian Houser’s Stats
Coming off of his best start so far this season, Ben Lively is looking to keep his outstanding return to the big leagues going. Through five games he’s got a 1.99 ERA and has racked up 24 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.
This season in the big leagues has been limited, but while there are some splits for Ben Lively he’s been strong against both lefties and righties. The only real difference so far is that left-handed hitters have hit for a bit more power than righties have. Both sides are under .200 with low walk rate against Lively.
After having back-to-back outings without allowing any runs, Adrian Houser allowed six earned runs on 11 hits and three walks in just 4.1 innings against Toronto that nearly doubled his ERA on the season (he’s only made five starts this year).
This season both lefties and righties are hitting over .300 against Houser, but they are not hitting for much power so far. A big time ground ball pitcher, Houser doesn’t miss too many bats but he keeps the ball on the ground and in the ballpark.
When and Where
- Game time: 1:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 82°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Andrew Abbott is getting called up
This morning the Reds added left-handed pitcher Andrew Abbott to the taxi squad and announced that he will start tomorrow. He is starting in place of Hunter Greene, who is being pushed to Sunday as he deals with stiffness in his hip. If you want to read more about Abbott, we’ve got you covered right here.
The Legend of Elly De La Cruz just gets bigger
Last night saw Elly De La Cruz do another thing on a baseball field that when described to you doesn’t make sense and seems made up. But since it’s 2023 we can also show the video and well, just go watch it.
Joey Votto’s rehab
Last night saw Joey Votto play in his first game on his rehab assignment. He started at DH and went 0-4. He made contact in all four at-bats. But more important, at least to my eyes, his swing looked 1000% better than it did in his last rehab assignment. His swing was more smooth, athletic, and his bat speed was better. Every single thing about it looked better and it was easily noticeable when compared to what things looked like in April. He’s back in the lineup for Louisville this afternoon and he’s in the field today at first base.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|