Welcome to a special feature matinee Wednesday. Today the Reds attempt to win eleven consecutive games for the first time since 1957. The Colorado Rockies are on hand to provide the opposition. Game time at GABP is 12:35pm EDT.
SP: Jake Bird
SP: Andrew Abbott
|1. Brenton Doyle (CF)
2. Nolan Jones (RF)
3. Ryan McMahon (3B)
4. Randal Grichuk (LF)
5. Jorge Alfaro (DH)
6. Elehuris Montero (1B)
7. Coco Montes (2B)
8. Austin Wynns (C)
9. Connor Kaiser (SS)
|1. T.J. Friedl (CF)
2. Spencer Steer (3B)
3. Jonathan India (2B)
4. Elly De La Cruz (SS)
5. Jake Fraley (RF)
6. Joey Votto (1B)
7. Tyler Stephenson (DH)
8. Will Benson (LF)
9. Luke Maile (C)
Matt McLain gets the day off. Otherwise this is a typical Reds platoon lineup, not a matinee special. Are we starting to see some urgency from David Bell? That would be a good thing.
Andrew Abbott (LH) starts for the Reds. Jake Bird (RH) will be on the mound for the Rockies.
|Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Jake Bird’s Stats
Andrew Abbott is making just his fourth MLB start and appearance. And yes, that 0.00 ERA listed above for him is correct. Incredibly, the young (24 y.o.) lefthander has yet to allow an earned run in 17.2 inning at the MLB level.
Abbott was the Reds 2nd round pick (#53 overall) in the 2021 draft. He opened 2023 at AA, his first exposure at that level. Just 10 starts later, 3 at AA and 7 at AAA, Abbott found himself on the mound for the Reds, the result of a perfect storm born from performance meeting opportunity.
Abbott’s bottom line so far with the Reds somewhat belies statistical indications. He appears to walk too many batters and not strikeout enough. His Statcast hard hit % is 46%. His FIP is 3.45. Yet right there next these stats stands that 0.00 ERA. Is he a master of pitching to contact; or, has he had a large portion of beginners’ luck? Time will tell us.
It is still early days for Abbott at the MLB level. It does appear he has to work harder versus RH hitters but so far has gotten good results against them too.
Abbot has a standard 4 pitch repertoire. The Change up works off the fastball. The slider and curve work together with the curve more dominate in usage of the two.
A late addition to the game, Jake Bird is getting the start after probable starter Connor Seabold was scratched. Bird, a reliever, pitched in Monday night’s game for the Rockies.
Know this. The Reds really need Abbott’s typical 6 innings today. Alexis Diaz has worked the last two games, including 30 pitches on Tuesday night. Count him out for today. The better news is that none of the trio of Lucas Sims, Buck Farmer or Ian Gibaut saw game action on Tuesday. Fernando Cruz and Daniel Duarte both worked quick effective innings Tuesday and could probably give it go today if needed. Reinforcements in the form of Alan Busenitz and Silvino Bracho were added this morning.
The Rockies look to be down 2 arms for today. Peter Lambert is definitely not available. Brent Suter threw 14 pitches last night and has a high 3 day count.
News and Notes
Reds call up two relievers, option Fairchild
The Cincinnati Reds called up relievers Alan Busenitz and Silvino Bracho from Triple-A, optioned outfielder Stuart Fairchild, and placed Casey Legumina on the injured list. You can read more about the moves here.
If you missed last night’s action, check out our recap here
We last met for a matinee preview just 12 days ago. The Reds got shutout by the Dodgers that day followed by a loss the next day to Cardinals in St. Louis. That left them in 3rd place at 30-35. Since then the Reds have not lost a game and start today in 1st place with a 39-35 record. Ain’t winning every day nice. Keep Going Reds!
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Where and When
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 70°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain