Fresh off of a sweep of the Washington Nationals, the Cincinnati Reds will roll into Milwaukee tonight to take on the Brewers to end the first half of the season. Cincinnati and Milwaukee are the top two teams in the National League Central, with the Reds holding a 2-game lead and looking to continue their winning ways on the road. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm ET.
|TJ Friedl – CF||Christian Yelich – LF|
|Matt McLain – SS||William Contreras – DH|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Willy Adames – SS|
|Elly De La Cruz – 3B||Owen Miller – 1B|
|Jake Fraley – RF||Blake Perkins – RF|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Andruw Monasterio – 2B|
|Spencer Steer – LF||Brian Anderson – 3B|
|Will Benson – DH||Victor Caratini – C|
|Luke Maile – C||Joey Wiemer – CF|
|Andrew Abbott – LHP||Corbin Burnes – RHP|
|Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Corbin Burnes’s Stats
Coming off of the best start in his career where he struck out 12 batters, Andrew Abbott will be looking to continue what he’s been doing since he was called up last month – dominate. In his big league debut he faced the Brewers and allowed one hit in six shutout innings. A month later he’ll face them on the road.
Abbott has been very good against right-handed hitters so far, holding them to a .149 average. They are walking at a solid clip, but they aren’t hitting for much power or making much contact. Lefties are actually hitting for a slightly higher average in the rare case they get a chance to face him, but they haven’t walked yet. They also haven’t had an extra-base hit yet.
After being one of the best pitchers in baseball from 2020-2022, Burnes has taken a step backwards in 2023. His walk rate is up and his strikeout rate is way down from where it had been the last two seasons. He’s still an above-average pitcher, but not on par with the Cy Young caliber pitcher he had been.
Burnes has shown reverse splits this year Over the last few years that’s been the case, but to a lesser extreme. Lefties simply aren’t getting much of anything done against him this season as they are hitting .194 without much power at all. Right-handed hitters are only hitting .233 against him, and they don’t walk nearly as often as lefties do, but they are showing a solid amount of power against him.
When and Where
- Game time: 8:10pm ET
- Where: American Family Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: They play in a domed stadium
News and Notes
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An explosion on the farm
Last night the Reds Double-A affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts, scored a Southern League record 29 runs as they blew out the Rocket City Trash Pandas 29-3. As you can imagine, there were some records in the game – which you can read all about here – but there was also the performance from Andy Yerzy. He went 4-5 with a double, two home runs, two walks, four runs scored, and he had nine RBI. Not a bad night, huh? Oh, but that’s not all. Yerzy also pitched in the 9th inning. He struck out two batters in a shutout inning to finish the game.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|