After a thrilling game last night in which the Cincinnati Reds (57-48) held on for the 6-5 win, they’re back tonight to try to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers (58-44) for a second straight day. First pitch is an hour earlier tonight, at 9:10 EDT.
Los Angeles Dodgers
|SS Elly De La Cruz||LF David Peralta|
|CF TJ Friedl||1B Freddie Freeman|
|2B Matt McLain||C Will Smith|
|RF Jake Fraley||3B Max Muncy|
|3B Spencer Steer||DH J.D Martinez|
|1B Joey Votto||RF Jason Heyward|
|DH Christian Encarnacion-Strand||CF James Outman|
|LF Nick Senzel||2B Chris Taylor|
|C Luke Maile||SS Miguel Rojas|
Jonathan India was in the original lineup, but got scratched last minute due to left heel pain.
|Links: Luke Weaver’s Stats | Emmet Sheehan’s Stats
Weaver’s got the magic. How else do you explain the Reds’ win-loss record when he’s on the mound? He currently has a 7.20 ERA and a FIP of 5.99, but the Reds score an average of 6.14 runs when he’s pitching and as a result, they have won 11 out of the 17 games he’s started. With an OPS of 1.030, right-handed hitters have teed off on Weaver. He fares a little better against lefties, but he also walks more left-handed hitters. He does pitch a little better away from Great American Ball Park, but even that ERA is very high at 6.34 in 203 plate appearances.
J.D. Martinez has two home runs and six RBI in only three at-bats against tonight’s starter, Luke Weaver.
Emmet Sheehan rocketed up the amateur rankings after revamping his pitching style during the Covid shutdown in 2020, and was drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2021 MLB Draft. When the Dodgers needed pitching help, they decided to call up Sheehan, the 13th-ranked prospect (per Baseball America) from Double-A. While it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses for the 23-year-old right-hander, he had a few good starts, notably his debut on June 16 when he pitched six innings of shut out baseball. Lately, he’s gotten rocked, as he’s given up 17 runs in his last three starts, including eight runs in 3.2 innings to the Rangers on July 23.
Sheehan is a three-pitch pitcher who relies heavily on the four-seam fastball while mixing in a slider and occasionally a change up. Even though he only used the slider about 20 percent of the time, it is very effective in generating ground balls. Even with this, his GB% is still 34.3% and his FB% is at 50%. If the Reds can find a way to hit the fastball tonight, it could be another high-scoring game.
- Time: 9:10 EDT
- Place: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
- Weather: 85 degrees, sunny, zero percent chance of rain
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio
- Radio: 700 WLW
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Stat of the Day
If the Reds win tonight or tomorrow, it'll be the 3rd time since GABP opened in 2003 that the Reds have series wins against the Dodgers at GABP and Dodger Stadium in the same season.
It'll also be only the 6th time the Reds won the season series against the Dodgers in that span.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) July 29, 2023