Last night saw the Milwaukee Brewers take the first game of the 3-game series, with the Reds leaving the tying run at the plate. This afternoon Cincinnati will try to even the series up and remain alone in first place as they are currently up by a game in the National League Central over the Brewers. First pitch is set for 4:10pm ET.
|TJ Friedl – CF||Christian Yelich – DH|
|Matt McLain – 2B||William Contreras – C|
|Jonathan India – DH||Willy Adames – SS|
|Elly De La Cruz – SS||Owen Miller – 1B|
|Jake Fraley – RF||Raimel Tapia – LF|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Blake Perkins – RF|
|Spencer Steer – 3B||Brian Anderson – 3B|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Brice Turang – 2B|
|Will Benson – LF||Joey Wiemer – CF|
|Luke Weaver – RHP||Colin Rea – RHP|
|Links: Luke Weaver’s Stats | Colin Rea’s Stats
In his last outing, Weaver allowed just two runs in five innings against the Washington Nationals. It was one of his best outings of the year. He’ll look to build upon that against Milwaukee this afternoon.
Weaver has shown some reverse splits this season, but it’s not as if lefties haven’t hit well against him this season. They have an .836 OPS against him and are good across the board. It’s right-handed hitters who are crushing him this season, hitting .333 with a .604 slugging percentage. Righties don’t walk as often as lefties to, and they strike out more frequently, but when they make contact they are doing lots of damage. Not shown below in the splits is that Weaver’s ERA on the road is 2.18 runs lower than it is at home. With that said, his road ERA is still 5.80, so it’s not a situation where he’s been good – he’s just been better.
After missing the first two weeks of the season, Rea joined the Brewers rotation. He’s battled consistency. When he’s been good, he’s been real good. But he’s had more than a few iffy starts mixed in there as well. His last two starts have been of the good variety, allowing three runs in 13.0 innings against the Mets and Pirates.
Left-handed hitters have found more success this season against Colin Rea than right-handed hitters have. Lefties are walking a little more often, hitting for a little better average, but the big difference is in the power they’re hitting for. Righties have struggled to hit for average or get on base, and they are only showing so-so power against Rea. He has a 4.75 ERA at home (4.08 on the road) and hitters have a 160 point higher OPS against him in Milwaukee.
When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: American Family Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, FS1
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: They play in a domed stadium
News and Notes
Roster Moves a’plenty
Prior to the game today the Reds made a few roster moves. Michael Mariot, a 34-year-old pitcher is being called up from Triple-A. He’s taking the roster spot on the big league club of Tony Santillan, who was optioned to Triple-A. Mariot is also taking the 40-man roster spot of outfielder Henry Ramos, who was designated for assignment. You can read more about the moves and the players from our piece earlier.
The Futures Game is tonight
At 7pm ET tonight the MLB All-Star Futures Game will take place in Seattle. Usually the game is played on the Sunday before the All-Star break, but not this year. Noelvi Marte, the Reds #2 prospect, will be their lone representative at the game. He’s starting at third base and hitting 5th for the National League squad. He’s hitting .277/.347/.455 on the season in 58 games between Double-A Chattanooga (50 games) and Triple-A Louisville (8 games). The game is on Peacock or SiriusXM if you want to listen.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|