After a low-scoring game in the opener that the Reds won 3-2, the two teams get back on the field this morning. Cincinnati will be looking for another win that would guarantee at least a series split, while the Washington Nationals will be looking to even the series up. First pitch is set for 11:05am ET.
|Kevin Newman – 1B||Lane Thomas – RF|
|Matt McLain – SS||Luis Garcia – 2B|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Jeimer Candelario – 3B|
|Elly De La Cruz – 3B||Dominic Smith – 1B|
|Spencer Steer – LF||Joey Meneses – DH|
|Tyler Stephenson – DH||Corey Dickerson – LF|
|Nick Senzel – RF||Riley Adams – C|
|TJ Friedl – CF||CJ Abrams – SS|
|Curt Casali – C||Derek Hill – CF|
|Brett Kennedy – RHP||Patrick Corbin – LHP|
|Brett Kennedy (AAA)||43.2||3.71||1.35||12||37|
|Links: Brett Kennedy’s Stats | Patrick Corbin’s Stats
When 2023 began, Brett Kennedy was pitching for the Long Island Ducks. He signed with Cincinnati in mid-May and then made eight starts and posted a 3.71 ERA for Louisville. Today when he takes the mound he’ll be making his first big league start since September 7th of 2018. He made six starts for San Diego that year and posted a 6.75 ERA.
This season in Triple-A he’s had more success against righties than lefties. Both groups walk about the same, but he’s striking out righties more and they are hitting for slightly less power. With that said, it’s a limited sample size for both groups, and of course it’s also Triple-A.
Pitch Usage (AAA)
For the last two seasons Patrick Corbin has led the league in losses. He’s doing the same thing again this year, though he is pitching better overall. Two starts ago he allowed seven runs in 5.0 innings to San Diego. But the last time he took the mound he fired 7.0 shutout innings with nine strikeouts against Seattle in what has to be one of the best starts he has had in years.
Even with all of his struggles, teams don’t send many left-handed hitters out to face him. Ones that do get that chance are making contact and drawing some walks, but they aren’t doing much with that contact in either the average or slugging department. Right-handed hitters are doing a lot more, hitting for a .313 average and showing a solid amount of power. He’s pitched better at home (4.38 ERA, .765 OPS against) than on the road (5.36 ERA, .849 OPS against).
When and Where
- Game time: 11:05am ET
- Where: Nationals Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (Free Game of the Day)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 83°, sunny, 5% chance of rain
News and Notes
Stuart Fairchild optioned to Triple-A
To make room on the roster for Brett Kennedy the team optioned Stuart Fairchild to Triple-A Louisville.
Ricardo Cabrera is killing the ball
The Reds 2022 top international signing had a huge night last night in the minor leagues and is now hitting .400/.533/.614 on the season with more walks than strikeouts. He’s not the only prospect that is absolutely crushing the ball right now, either. We’ve got all kinds of notes and information over at RedsMinorLeagues.com if you wanted to check in on how some guys are doing right now.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|