The Cincinnati Reds rode a 5th inning grand slam from Matt McLain on Friday night to a 9-6 victory in the series opener and ran their winning streak to three games. This afternoon they’ll go for a series win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch is set for 4:10pm ET. The game today is the MLB.tv Free Game of the Day if you are outside of the Cincinnati market.
|Ketel Marte – 2B||Spencer Steer – 3B|
|Corbin Carroll – CF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – LF||Matt McLain – SS|
|Christian Walker – 1B||Jake Fraley – RF|
|Evan Longoria – DH||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Emmanuel Rivera – 3B||Joey Votto – DH|
|Carson Kelly – C||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B|
|Nick Ahmed – SS||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Jake McCarthy – RF||Will Benson – LF|
|Brandon Pfaadt – RHP||Brandon Williamson – LHP|
|Links: Brandon Williamson’s Stats | Brandon Pfaadt’s Stats
It’s been a good month for Brandon Williamson. While the rain got in his way when he was in Washington and limited him to just three innings pitched, he’s allowed just four runs in 14.0 innings over his three starts this month and he’s given up just eight hits in that span.
The splits for Williamson are pretty big. Left-handed hitters don’t get many opportunities to face him, but when they do the results haven’t gone their way. They are hitting .250, but they have just one extra-base hit – a double – in 45 plate appearances. Right-handed hitters are going a lot of work, though. They don’t hit for much average, but they walk at a solid rate and they hit for a lot of power against him.
It’s been an up-and-down season for Brandon Pfaadt. He’s made 12 starts in Triple-A Reno and count success, posting a 3.71 ERA. But he’s also made six starts in the big leagues and he’s struggled in a big way, posting a 9.82 ERA and he’s allowed nine home runs in just 25.2 innings pitched.
While he’s been limited in his big league time this year to just six starts, both lefties and righties have crushed the ball against him. Righties are hitting .320 and slugging .720 – though they don’t walk much, they are making plenty of contact against him. Lefties are doing even better. They are hitting .367, walking more frequently, and they are also hitting for tons of power against him.
When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 77°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain
News and Notes
Elly De La Cruz among the most valuable in trade
Fangraphs wrapped up their Top 50 Trade Value series today. Elly De La Cruz came in as the player with the 6th most trade value in all of Major League Baseball. Of course, that’s not to say he’s the 6th best player in baseball (yet), but that the combination of his age, upside, and contract make him more valuable than all but five players in the game on the trade market. Matt McLain isn’t that far behind him, coming in at #28 on the list. Hunter Greene and Spencer Steer were also in the Top 50.
The Reds have spent big on the draft
Yesterday saw Cincinnati sign two more draft picks and they went well over slot value for both players. In fact, they spent so much that if they had spent another $460 then they would have had to forfeit next year’s 1st round pick. While there are plenty of places where it seems the club has been cheap over the last few years, the draft isn’t one of them. They pushed their spending to the allowable limits before facing the biggest penalty. You can check out all of their signings and bonuses at the Cincinnati Reds Draft Tracker.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|