Day two of Taylor Swift day in Cincinnati is upon us. If today is anything like yesterday, then we’re all in for a treat. The Reds and Padres needed a few extra innings to find a winner, but that worked out for Cincinnati as Spencer Steer crushed a walk-off homer in the 11th for the first place Reds. There’s a chance for rain and storms in the afternoon forecast, but if they stay away, first pitch is set for 1:40pm ET today.
San Diego Padres
|Ha-Seong Kim – 2B||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Fernando Tatis Jr. – RF||Matt McLain – 2B|
|Juan Soto – LF||Jonathan India – DH|
|Manny Machado – 3B||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Xander Bogaerts – SS||Jake Fraley – RF|
|Nelson Cruz – DH||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Brandon Dixon – 1B||Spencer Steer – 3B|
|Trent Grisham – CF||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Austin Nola – C||Will Benson – LF|
|Michael Wacha – RHP||Brandon Williamson – LHP|
|Links: Brandon Williamson’s Stats | Michael Wacha’s Stats
The last time out, Brandon Williamson ran into problems with a downpour in Baltimore and his outing was cut short as he threw just 2.0 innings. With the possibility of rain in the forecast today in Cincinnati he’s hoping to avoid that this afternoon, at least while he’s on the mound.
Left-handed hitters aren’t getting many opportunities to face Williamson in the big leagues so far in his career. The ones who do get that chance had hit .310 against him, but it’s about as empty of a .310 as you’re going to see as they’ve walked just twice in 32 plate appearances and have yet to have an extra-base hit against him. Right-handed hitters are hitting just .252, but they walk at a good rate and they’ve hit for a bunch of power against him.
April was tough for Michael Wacha as he posted a 6.75 ERA on the back of two horrendous starts in a row. He’s been dominant since the start of May, making nine starts and allowing just seven runs in 55.1 innings (1.14 ERA). Hitters have a .461 OPS against him in that span.
This season his splits aren’t all that big. Neither lefties or righties have hit for much average against him, or walked all that much. Right-handed hitters are hitting for a little more power than lefties, though neither has hit for a good amount of power. Not shown below is that he’s pitched worse on the road – his ERA away from San Diego is 3.44 (2.51 at home).
When and Where
- Game time: 1:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 80°, cloudy, 35% chance of rain
News and Notes
TJ Friedl’s been quite good
TJ Friedl's ranks among NL CF (min 200 PA)
AVG – .313 (1st)
OBP – .379 (1st)
SLG – .486 (1st)
OPS – .865 (1st)#FriedlForAllStar
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) July 1, 2023
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|