The Cincinnati Reds took two of three on the west coast from the Los Angeles Dodgers and climbed back into first place in the division. Tonight they’ll face off against the surging Chicago Cubs (10-2 over their last 12 games) at Wrigley Field under the lights. First pitch is set for 8:10pm ET.
|Elly De La Cruz – 3B||Nico Hoerner – 2B|
|TJ Friedl – CF||Seiya Suzuki – RF|
|Matt McLain – SS||Ian Happ – LF|
|Jake Fraley – RF||Cody Bellinger – CF|
|Spencer Steer – 2B||Dansby Swanson – SS|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Yan Gomes – C|
|Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH||Christopher Morel – DH|
|Will Benson – LF||Trey Mancini – 1B|
|Luke Maile – C||Nick Madrigal – 3B|
|Andrew Abbott – LHP||Marcus Stroman – RHP|
|Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Marcus Stroman’s Stats
What would you think if someone told you that Andrew Abbott was the most valuable pitcher in the National League this year even though he’s only made 10 starts? Well, Baseball-Reference has him tied with Blake Snell at the top of the league among pitchers with 3.3 WAR. The lefty is coming off of back-to-back shutout performances against the Giants and Brewers, covering 14.0 innings where he struck out 15 batters.
The splits for Andrew Abbott are quite big. Lefties have not done much of anything this season against him. They don’t get many opportunities to face him, but the guys who do have manged to hit .174 with one walk and one extra-base hit. Right-handed hitters have performed much better than that, but they still haven’t found much of any success. They are hitting .187 against him and have a .620 OPS.
After being named to the All-Star team, Marcus Stroman has struggled in the month of July. He’s made five starts in the month and his ERA is 7.99 as his hit’s allowed and walk rate have shot up. In his last start he allowed seven runs to the White Sox in 3.1 innings. It was his second straight start where he couldn’t get out of the 4th inning.
This season has Stroman showing reverse splits, but over the last three years he’s been a bit more even against both lefties and righties. This year managers have put in lefties as often as they could against him, but they are hitting just .182 with no power to speak of. They have drawn plenty of walks and have a good contact rate – it’s just led to no production. Right-handed hitters don’t walk nearly as often, and they made less contact, but they also have found a lot more hits and have hit for more – but still not much – power.
When and Where
- Game time: 8:10pm ET
- Where: Wrigley Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 77°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
The Cubs and Brewers make trades
Chicago has acquired Jeimer Candelario from Washington in exchange for two prospects. Milwuakee landed Mark Canha for a minor league pitcher.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|