There was a pitchers duel yesterday at Great American Ball Park, but Cincinnati broke through with back-to-back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to take a lead and they held on for the win. The Reds will go for a 3-game sweep this afternoon against the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch is set for 1:40pm ET.
|Geraldo Perdomo – SS||Elly De La Cruz – 3B|
|Ketel Marte – 2B||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Corbin Carroll – LF||Matt McLain – SS|
|Christian Walker – 1B||Spencer Steer – 1B|
|Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – DH||Jake Fraley – RF|
|Evan Longoria – 3B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Dominic Canzone – RF||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH|
|Carson Kelly – C||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Alek Thomas – CF||Luke Maile – C|
|Jose Ruiz – RHP||Luke Weaver – RHP|
|Links: Luke Weaver’s Stats | Jose Ruiz’s Stats
Despite pitching quite poorly, the Cincinnati Reds had won eight games in a row that were started by Luke Weaver until his last outing when he gave up four runs in 2.2 innings to San Francisco and the Reds lost 11-10. The offense has shown up for his starts much of the year, but he’s given them little wiggle room as he’s made 16 starts with a 7.22 ERA this season.
Weaver has had reverse splits this season. While left-handed hitters are finding success against him, making plenty of contact, and have an .822 OPS against him, it’s righties that are doing big time damage. Right-handed hitters are putting up MVP caliber numbers against Weaver, hitting .349 and slugging .669 on the season when he’s on the mound.
Arizona is going with an opener and will likely have a bullpen day. Ruiz has not made a start in the big leagues since 2019 when he was with the White Sox. It was the final outing of the year in the 158th game of the season and he threw 1.2 innings that day. It was his only big league start. This year he’s only completed two innings three times – once in April, once in May, and once in June.
When and Where
- Game time: 1:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 83°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
Best record through 100 games since 2013
The #Reds' 54-46 record is their best after 100 games since going 57-43 in 2013.
— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) July 23, 2023
Being in the postseason hunt
Since 2000, this is only the 3rd time the Reds have been within 3.5 games of first place at the 100-game mark in the season. In 2012, they led the NLC by 2 games at this point. In 2010, they were 0.5 GB of the Cardinals.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) July 23, 2023
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|