The Reds will try to salvage a series win versus the Marlins in today’s matinee at GABP which wraps up the current homestand. Fortunately for the Reds the Brewers were also defeated on Tuesday night; so, the Reds lost no ground to them. However the Cubs won to pull abreast of the Reds for 2nd place in the NL Central.
SP: Johnny Cueto
SP: Graham Ashcraft
|1. Jorge Soler (DH)
2. Luis Arraez (2B)
3. Josh Bell (1B)
4. Jazz Chisholm Jr. (CF)
5. Bryan De La Cruz (LF)
6. Avisail Garcia (RF)
7. Jake Burger (3B)
8. Jacob Stallings (C)
9. Jon Berti (SS)
|1. Elly De La Cruz (SS)
2. T.J. Friedl (CF)
3. Matt McLain (2B)
4. Spencer Steer (LF)
5. Joey Votto (1B)
6. Christian Encarnacion-Strand (DH)
7. Tyler Stephenson (C)
8. Nick Senzel (3B)
9. Stuart Fairchild (RF)
|Johnny Cueto (R)||22.0||5.32||0.96||7.1%||21.2%|
|Graham Ashcraft (R)||113.0||5.18||4.46||9.1%||16.4%|
|Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Johnny Cueto’s Stats
Ashcraft makes his sixth start since the All Star break today. He has compiled an ERA/ FIP of 2.30/4.90 in the previous five. However despite his efforts, the Reds are only 2-3 in those games. Ashcraft’s last start, versus the Nationals, was shaping up as gem when it crashed upon the the rocks via a 2 run, 2 out home run after 2 men had been retired to open the 8th inning. The HR knotted the game at 3. The Nats then scored 3 runs against Alexis Diaz in extra innings to win.
The Reds need a similar shutdown effort today from Ashcraft minus the shattering ending.
Ashcraft has pronounced reverse handedness splits.
Pitch Usage DONE
Developing a true off speed pitch like a change up or curve would make a good off season project for Ashcraft and possibly elevate him to the next level as an MLB starter.
Old friend and long time Reds mainstay Johnny Cueto faces the Reds today 8 years and 4 teams since his storied run with the Reds ended. During the offseason leading up to 2023, Cueto was fan favorite to be a Reds free agent target. However instead of finding his way “home” to the Reds, Cueto signed with the Marlins.
Nostalgia aside, this turned out to be a good thing for the Reds since Cueto made only one appearance for the Marlins before a 3 month period on the IL. Today marks just his third appearance and second start since returning to the mound after the All Star break.
Cueto appears to be handedness neutral except for slugging %. LH hitters have tagged him for 4 HR vs only 1 allowed to RH hitters to create the skew in favor of LH hitters.
Cueto has added a cutter and sinker since his tenure with the Reds. Along with his 4 seamer, he is using this varying fastball arsenal on nearly 70% of his pitches. His use of his fabled change up and slider is about the same proportions as in his peak years with the Reds.
Lucas Sims is the only Reds pitcher to have worked consecutive nights coming into today’s matinee but has thrown a combined total of only 7 pitches in those two appearances. Alex Diaz last worked on Monday throwing 22 pitches but should be available today. Sam Moll, Buck Farmer, Fernando Cruz and Derek Law threw about a dozen pitches each on Tuesday and will probably be available to do the same today.
Tan Scott has worked both Monday and Tuesday for the Marlins throwing a total of 34 pitches. He would figure to be unavailable today. David Robertson threw 18 pitches on Tuesday; and given the short turnaround is likely unavailable today.
News Worth Noting
Got a few minutes before the game starts? You can check out how things went last night down on the Reds farm at Reds Minor Leagues
It went into the books as a triple and E-4; but the guys in dugout decided Stu deserved to wear the helmet and cape for this exciting escapade last night anyway.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 9, 2023
Where and When
- Time: 12:35 pm EDT
- Place: Great American Ball Park
- Weather: 80 degrees, partly sunny, 15% percent chance of precipitation
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio
- Radio: 700 WLW
NL Central Standings