The Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies will get back at it tonight at Great American Ball Park in a match up featuring two Reds draft picks squaring off on the mound. The first place Reds will look to keep the good times rolling, while the Rockies will look to try and even the series up after dropping the opener last night. First pitch is set for 7:10pm ET.
|Jurickson Profar – LF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Nolan Jones – RF||Matt McLain – SS|
|Ryan McMahon – 3B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Elias Diaz – C||Elly De La Cruz – 3B|
|Mike Moustakas – 1B||Jake Fraley – RF|
|Jorge Alfaro – DH||Joey Votto – DH|
|Harold Castro – SS||Spencer Steer – 1B|
|Brenton Doyle – CF||Will Benson – LF|
|Coco Montes – 2B||Curt Casali – C|
|Noah Davis – RHP||Ben Lively – RHP|
|Links: Ben Lively’s Stats | Noah Davis’s Stats
One of the more unexpected surprises for Cincinnati this season, Ben Lively has come up from the minors and pitched in the big leagues for the first time since 2019 – when he pitched in just one game – and has given the Reds a stable presence in the rotation.
Lively has shown reverse splits in the big leagues this season. Right-handed hitters are performing well against him, posting an OPS of .817 against him. Lefties are not doing so well, posting a .645 OPS against him. He isn’t walking much of either lefties or righties, and he’s got a quality rate of strikeouts against both as well. Righties have just been able to turn their contact into better results. So far this season managers are stacking the lineup with lefties against him and that’s played into Lively’s favor. Not shown below is that his ERA is 0.69 runs lower at home, and hitters have an OPS 130 points lower at Great American Ball Park against him than they do on the road.
Not originally expected to start, Davis is stepping in to face off against the team that drafted him back in 2018 in the 11th round (he was traded in July of 2021 for Mychal Givens). It will be his first start in the big leagues since April 29th, and only his 4th start with the Rockies this season. He went on the injured list following that start in late April and missed a month. He made four starts in Triple-A and posted an 8.31 ERA in 13.0 innings upon his return.
This season left-handed hitters have crushed Davis between Triple-A and the big leagues. They are hitting .349 and slugging .667 against him. On the flip side of that, right-handed hitters have only been s0-so against him. They are hitting for a solid average and drawing walks at a good clip, but they aren’t hitting for any power at all against him.
Splits (AAA & MLB)
When and Where
- Game time: 7:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 75°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
Wil Myers designated for assignment
This afternoon the Reds activated Wil Myers from the injured list and then designated him for assignment. We wrote about the hows, whys, and the what nows here if you wanted to read a little more about it.
The Reds are trying to figure out Hunter Greene’s hip
David Bell said they’re getting to the bottom of Hunter Greene’s hip issue. They’re getting more information
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) June 20, 2023
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|