The Cincinnati Reds will host the Atlanta Braves tonight as the two first place teams face off at Great American Ball Park. Atlanta enters the series with an 8-game winning streak. The Reds are riding an 11-game winning streak. Someone is going to have their streak come to an end tonight. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
|Ronald Acuna Jr. – RF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Ozzie Albies – 2B||Matt McLain – SS|
|Austin Riley – 3B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Matt Olson – 1B||Elly De La Cruz – 3B|
|Marcell Ozuna – DH||Jake Fraley – RF|
|Travis d’Arnaud – C||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Eddie Rosario – LF||Spencer Steer – LF|
|Orlando Arcia – SS||Tyler Stephenson – DH|
|Michael Harris II – CF||Luke Maile – C|
|AJ Smith-Shawver – RHP||Luke Weaver – RHP|
|Links: Luke Weaver’s Stats | AJ Smith-Shawver’s Stats
Coming off of back-to-back road starts that saw him walk more batters in each game than he struck out. The Reds have won each of his last four starts, and the game prior to that saw Weaver throw 6.1 shutout innings.
Both lefties and righties have found success against Luke Weaver this year. Right-handed hitters have found more success, though, hitting .317 and slugging .590. Righties aren’t walking much, but they are hitting a bunch. Left-handed hitters don’t strike out much, but they aren’t quite hitting as well as righties are. That said, they are still hitting .281 and showing a bunch of power.
It has been an incredible rise for AJ Smith-Shawver. Drafted out of high school in 2021 in the 7th round, he didn’t pitch above Low-A until this season. He made three starts in High-A before being promoted to Double-A where he made two more starts before being promoted to Triple-A where he made two more starts before being promoted to join the Braves. He will not turn 21-years-old until November.
Looking at his splits is tough to put a huge amount of stock into because he’s thrown a max of three games at four different levels, and just 25.1 innings between Triple-A and the big leagues. With that said, he’s been beyond dominant against left-handed hitters this season. Right-handed hitters haven’t done a lot, either, but they’ve shown some power and are walking at a good clip against him.
Splits (MiLB & MLB)
Pitch Usage (AAA & MLB)
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 75°, cloudy, 20% chance of rain
News and Notes
Wil Myers officially released
After being designated for assignment earlier this week, Wil Myers cleared waivers today and the Reds have no released him.
The youngin’s are facing off
Elly De La Cruz has not faced a pitcher who is younger than him all year (even in AAA). Today's Braves SP, AJ Smith-Shawver, is 10 months younger than EDLC. It'll be the first MLB matchup ever between a hitter & pitcher born in 2002 or later.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) June 23, 2023
As a side note to this, AJ Smith-Shawver was born in November of 2002. Joey Votto was drafted in June of 2002. Make of that what you will.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|