It’s tough to imagine a way that either of these two teams could top the game that was played last night, but you should probably watch and or listen just in case. The Cincinnati Reds are riding a 12-game winning streak after last night’s victory that put an end to Atlanta’s 8-game winning streak. The match up between the two first place clubs is set for a 4:10pm ET start.
|Ronald Acuna Jr. – RF||Kevin Newman – 3B|
|Ozzie Albies – 2B||Matt McLain – 2B|
|Austin Riley – 3B||Jonathan India – DH|
|Matt Olson – 1B||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Marcell Ozuna – DH||Spencer Steer – LF|
|Travis d’Arnaud – C||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Eddie Rosario – LF||Nick Senzel – RF|
|Orlando Arcia – SS||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Michael Harris II – CF||Curt Casali – C|
|Jared Shuster – LHP||Graham Ashcraft – RHP|
|Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Jared Shuster’s Stats
Cincinnati activated Graham Ashcraft from the injured list prior to the game. He’s missed the last two weeks, last pitching on June 8th. After a strong to the year where he posted a 2.00 ERA in his first six starts, Aehcraft posted a 12.72 ERA in his next seven starts before hitting the injured list.
Right-handed hitters have had more success against Graham Ashcraft this season, but after struggling early, lefties have been doing quite well more recently. Since the start of May, left-handed hitters are hitting .453/.493/.656 against him. They hit .071/.188/.161 against him in April.
The lefty has been better against left-handed hitters this season. The rookie, however, hasn’t been all that effective when it comes to controlling the strikezone as he’s walked 22 batters this season with 23 strikeouts and that doesn’t matter much if he’s facing a lefty or righty. Shuster’s been a fly ball pitcher, but he’s kept the ball in the yard so far, giving up just two home runs in 41.1 innings.
When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 86°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
Ben Lively out, TBA for Sunday
The Reds rotation can’t catch a break. The club announced that Ben Lively will be unable to make his scheduled start tomorrow as he deals with a sore pec muscle and that for now the starter is TBA. Levi Stoudt is tomorrow’s scheduled starter for Louisville and is on the 40-man roster, so he could be in the running. Update: The team just placed him on the injured list, retroactive to Wednesday. no corresponding move was announced.
Alan Busenitz optioned to Triple-A
With Graham Ashcraft being activated to start today the Reds optioned reliever Alan Busenitz to Triple-A Louisville.
Joey Votto and others on the Reds, Elly De La Cruz
After last night’s game, Joey Votto had a whole lot to say about this team and Elly De La Cruz. We also took a look at what some in the national media are saying, too. Check all of that out here.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|