After fumbling away the game last night for the 4th consecutive loss, the Cincinnati Reds will turn to their current Ace in Andrew Abbott to try and get things back on track against the Washington Nationals. This afternoon’s first pitch is set for 4:10pm ET.
|CJ Abrams – SS||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Lane Thomas – RF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Joey Meneses – 1B||Matt McLain – 2B|
|Keibert Ruiz – DH||Spencer Steer – LF|
|Stone Garrett – LF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Riley Adams – C||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH|
|Ildemaro Vargas – 3B||Will Benson – RF|
|Alex Call – CF||Nick Senzel – 3B|
|Michael Chavis – 2B||Luke Maile – C|
|Joan Adon – RHP||Andrew Abbott – LHP|
|Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Joan Adon’s Stats
Since the day he was called up, Abbott has been one of the best pitchers in baseball. He’s posted a 2.35 ERA in his 65.0 innings and had only had two starts where he’s struggled. One of those starts, though, was his last start when he didn’t get out of the 4th inning against the Cubs.
Teams are not sending left-handed hitters to the plate against Abbott unless they are among the best lefties in the league. And even with that select group, they aren’t doing any hitting against him. They’ve walked just one time in 49 trips to the plate against him and have just two extra-base hits. Righties are doing better, but they still aren’t doing a whole lot – though that have at least shown a little bit of pop.
Today will only be the third appearance in the big leagues this season for Adon. His other two this year have been in relief where he has thrown a combined five innings. In 17 starts for Triple-A Rochester this season he’s posted a 4.62 ERA.
His splits this season are mostly from Triple-A and while he’s a right-handed hitter, it’s righties that crush him and lefties that are merely ok against him. The big difference is that right-handed hitters hit for a lot more power, though they do make more contact – it’s just not resulting in more hits. Lefties strike out far more often, but still hit for a similar average and get on base at a similar rate. What they don’t do is hit for much power against him.
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When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, MLB Network (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 83°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain
News and Notes
Lyon Richardson to debut tomorrow
While David Bell was not committed to saying that Lyon Richardson would be the starting pitcher tomorrow, he did acknowledge that he would pitch in the game at some point. Richardson, the clubs 17th rated prospect, will be making his big league debut. Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com I wrote about his season, where he’s coming from, and what we can expect to see from him in the game.
Jake Fraley to the injured list
After being noticeably absent last night, Jake Fraley was placed on the 10-day injured list with a stress fracture in a toe on his left foot on Saturday afternoon. The Reds called up TJ Hopkins from Triple-A to fill out the roster.
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