The Cincinnati Reds guaranteed themselves a series win on Wednesday night with a 9-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. This afternoon they will go for a 4-game sweep if the thunderstorms in the area stay away long enough for the two teams to get the game in. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET.
|Kevin Newman – 1B||Lane Thomas – RF|
|Matt McLain – SS||Jeimer Candelario – 3B|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Joey Meneses – 1B|
|Elly De La Cruz – 3B||Stone Garrett – LF|
|Spencer Steer – LF||Keibert Ruiz – DH|
|Tyler Stephenson – DH||Ildemaro Vargas – 2B|
|Nick Senzel – CF||Riley Adams – C|
|Will Benson – RH||CJ Abrams – SS|
|Luke Maile – C||Alex Call – CF|
|Brandon Williamson – LHP||MacKenzie Gore – LHP|
|Links: Brandon Williamson’s Stats | MacKenzie Gore’s Stats
After pitching in a monsoon two starts ago, Brandon Williamson rebounded and pitched well against San Diego the last time out.
Teams aren’t sending too many left-handed hitters to the plate to face Williamson this year. And looking at the numbers you can understand why. They’ve come to the plate 36 times against him in the big leagues and have yet to do anything except single. Right-handed hitters aren’t hitting for much average – just .248 – but they walk at a solid clip and they are hitting for plenty of power against him.
The last time that Gore took the mound was a tough one for both him and the Nationals. He allowed seven runs in 2.2 innings and the Phillies scored 19 runs in the game. The lefty has battled consistency – when he’s been on, he’s been very good but he’s had plenty of off days during the season, too.
Gore has shown reverse splits this season. Left-handed hitters are hitting 100 points higher than righties are, they walk more, and they are showing plenty of power. Right-handed hitters aren’t doing much when it comes to average or getting on base, but they are showing solid power.
When and Where
- Game time: 1:05pm ET
- Where: Nationals Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (Free game of the day)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 88°, cloudy, 45% chance of rain
News and Notes
Davey Martinez has some opinions
Nationals manager Davey Martinez had some thoughts after the game about Elly De La Cruz looking back at his own teammates and pointing to the knob of his bat after hitting a ball to Vermont.
“I am not trying to penalize this kid. I’m not. I love the way he plays the game. I didn’t like his antics after he hit the home run. We can do without that. He’s only got two weeks in the big leagues, but he’s going to be a good player.”
Ignoring that De La Cruz has been in the league for a month now, what does he mean “he’s only got two weeks in the big leagues”? That he hasn’t earned the right to show emotion or excitement on the field yet? Or that the longer he’s in the league the more someone will teach him to be a robot and not show emotion or excitement on the field? I’d have loved to see a follow up about that very specific part.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|