After a wild game on Monday night in which Cincinnati walked away with the win in ten innings, the Reds (32-35) and the Kansas City Royals (18-48) will meet again in the second game of this weekday series at Kauffman Stadium. First pitch is at 8:10 EDT.
Kansas City Royals
|CF T.J. Friedl||1B Nick Pratto|
|DH Matt McLain||C Salvador Perez|
|2B Jonathan India||SS Bobby Witt Jr.|
|SS Elly De La Cruz||RF MJ Melendez|
|1B Spencer Steer||3B Maikel Garcia|
|C Tyler Stephenson||DH Edward Olivares|
|RF Will Benson||2B Matt Duffy|
|3B Kevin Newman||CF Drew Waters|
|LF Stuart Fairchild||LF Dairon Blanco|
|Links: Brandon Williamson’s Stats | Jordan Lyles’ Stats
Lefty Brandon Williamson hasn’t had the best start to his MLB career, but he also hasn’t had the worst start to his career. He pitched well in his debut at Coors Field, only allowing one run on two hits in 5.2 innings. While two of his five starts have been quality starts, his three other starts he has allowed 13 runs in 14.1 innings. Granted, these starts were against the Cubs, Cardinals, and Dodgers–three teams that can hit well, but he’s still going through some rookie growing pains.
One of the things that still needs some work is his walk rate. Williamson has walked 13 batters in 26.2 innings since he’s been at the big league level. When he throws pitches over the plate, a lot of times, those pitches are up in the zone a lot of times and those pitches will get crushed against a good hitting team (it was especially noticeable against the Dodgers). It seems to happen most often when he throws his cutter and his slider.
Pitcher wins are not a good measure for how good or bad a pitcher has been, but when a pitcher is 0-10, you take notice. That’s the 2023 W-L record for 32-year-old right-hander Jordan Lyles. He’s had a rough year so far, with a 6.84 ERA in 13 starts. His best start came on June 2 when he pitched five innings and allowed only one run on two hits and struck out eight against the Rockies. However, he followed that up by allowing five runs on six hits in a loss to the Marlins in his most recent start. He ended up with a no-decision on that day, in a game the Royals lost 7-2.
One reason for the 0-10 record is that although he’s giving up a lot of runs (56 in 73.2 innings), Lyles is also pitching deep into games. This gives him more opportunity to be the pitcher of record in the games he starts. He has pitched into the 7th inning seven of his 13 starts. He’s also pitched one complete game against the White Sox, and earned the loss in that one.
Lyles has also pitched better at home than on the road with a 5.23 ERA at Kauffman, compared to a 9.10 ERA on the road. However, 11 of the 18 home runs he’s allowed this year have been at home.
- Time: 8:10 EDT
- Place: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
- Weather: 78 degrees, sunny, 0 percent chance of rain
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB Network (out-of-market subscribers)
- Radio: 700 WLW
News and Notes
Lots of Roster Moves
More Accolades for Reds Minor Leaguers
Schedule Change for the Reds Home Game on June 30th
If you’re like me and have tickets to the June 30th Reds game against the Padres, make a note that the game will now be at 5:10 pm due to the Taylor Swift concert at Paycor Stadium that night. The power of Taylor Swift extends to changing times for sports events.
Because of the Taylor Swift concert on the same night, the Reds have moved their Friday June 30 game vs the Padres to 5:10 pm ET. The game on July 1 remains at 1:40 pm ET.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) June 13, 2023
Interview of the Year
If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend watching Ricky Karcher’s post-game interview with Jim Day last night. I don’t think the guy could believe himself what had just happened.
Interview. Of. The. Year. pic.twitter.com/P381LAv5dB
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 13, 2023