The Cincinnati Reds are hitting the road today after a series victory over the San Diego Padres over the weekend at Great American Ball Park. The first place Reds are making their way to the nations capitol to take on the 34-49 Washington Nationals. They have been on a roll in the last week plus, though, going 6-2 since June 24th. First pitch tonight
is at 6:05pm ET. Tonight’s game will be delayed due to rain. First pitch is now scheduled for 6:30pm ET.
|TJ Friedl – CF||Lane Thomas – RF|
|Matt McLain – SS||Luis Garcia – 2B|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Jeimer Candelario – 3B|
|Elly De La Cruz – 3B||Dominic Smith – 1B|
|Jake Fraley – RF||Joey Meneses – DH|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Keibert Ruiz – C|
|Spencer Steer – DH||Corey Dickerson – LF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||CJ Abrams – SS|
|Will Benson – LF||Derek Hill – CF|
|Luke Weaver – RHP||Jake Irvin – RHP|
|Links: Luke Weaver’s Stats | Jake Irvin’s Stats
It’s been a tough year for Luke Weaver. He’s struggled in nearly every start he’s made, and it’s been just over a month since you can look at one where you could argue he didn’t struggle. Despite that, the Reds have slugged their way to victory in each of his last six outings despite him posting an ERA of 9.11 in them.
Right-handed hitters have found more success against Weaver than left-handed hitters have this season. They are not walking much at all, but when they aren’t walking they are doing real damage – hitting .329 and slugging .605. Lefties are walking a bit more, and while they aren’t hitting for as high of an average or slugging as much, they are also doing plenty of damage. Not shown in the splits below is that Weaver has been significantly better on the road…. but that’s just because of how poorly he’s pitched at home. His road ERA is 6.11 (it’s 7.98 at home).
The 26-year-old Rookie has pitched well in his last three starts, giving up just five runs in 16.2 innings pitched against Miami, Arizona, and Seattle. His ERA is high due to two poor starts in mid-May when he allowed 10 runs in 7.1 innings. At times he’s struggled to consistently throw strikes, and he hasn’t missed bats all that often, either.
Lefties have gotten the better of Jake Irvin this season in the big leagues when it comes to his splits. They are walking more, making more contact, hitting for a higher average, and hitting for a ton more power than righties are. Right-handed hitters are walking at a solid clip, but they aren’t hitting for average and they are hitting for next to no power. Not shown below in his splits is that his ERA is nearly 1.50 higher at home than it is on the road.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:05pm ET
- Where: Nationals Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (Free Game of the Day)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 85°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
Reds add Brett Kennedy to the taxi squad
Nothing is official yet, but the Reds have added Brett Kennedy to the taxi squad. With the club needing a starting pitcher tomorrow, it seems that he’s likely the guy. Kennedy was pitching for the Long Island Duck in May before Cincinnati bought his rights to fill a need in Louisville. He’s posted a 3.71 ERA with the Bats in eight starts.
Previewing the 2023 MLB Draft
The 2023 Draft begins on Sunday and it’s 20 rounds will run through Tuesday. If you’re looking for some information on all that’s happening there, I have you covered over at RedsMinorLeagues.com with a preview full of rankings, mock draft information, bonus pool information, and more.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|