Update: This game has been postponed. Doubleheader tomorrow with game one at 1:35pm ET and game two at 6:05pm ET.
Cincinnati’s offense didn’t waste time last night, getting out to an early lead and Andrew Abbott and the bullpen took care of the rest as the Reds beat the Pirates 9-2 on Friday night. Tonight the Reds go for a second straight win in Pittsburgh at PNC Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET.
|TJ Friedl – CF||Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B|
|Matt McLain – 2B||Bryan Reynolds – LF|
|Elly De La Cruz – SS||Andrew McCutchen – DH|
|Spencer Steer – 3B||Connor Joe – 1B|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Henry Davis – RF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Endy Rodriguez – C|
|Henry Ramos – DH||Josh Palacios – CF|
|Will Benson – RF||Liover Peguero – 2B|
|Stuart Fairchild – LF||Alika Williams – SS|
|Brandon Williamson – LHP||Andre Jackson – RHP|
|Links: Brandon Williamson’s Stats | Andre Jackson’s Stats
In his last start, Williamson likely had his best start in his career. The lefty allowed a run in 6.2 innings on three hits, no walks, and he had nine strikeouts against the Marlins. The start before that was the only poor start he’d had in over a month, so it was a nice rebound.
Teams are not allowing many left-handed hitters face Williamson this season. The ones that do get in there haven’t done much. Lefties do walk at a good clip, but they don’t hit for average or hit for any power at all. Righties haven’t hit for much average, either, and they aren’t walking much. What they are doing is hitting for a good amount of power.
Picked up by the Pirates from the Dodgers in late June, Jackson has only pitched in two games with Pittsburgh at the big league level. They’ve been quality outings, though, firing off 5.0 perfect innings with seven strikeouts out of the bullpen. Today will be his first big league start. He’s made four starts in the minor leagues this season.
His splits in the big leagues are below, and they’re interesting. He has one walk and 12 strikeouts against righties in the majors this season, but in the minor leagues he has 19 walks and 27 strikeouts against righties this season. In the big leagues righties are hitting for a good average and tons of power against him, they just haven’t walked much at all. Lefties haven’t hit much against him at all at either level this season.
When and Where
- Game time: 7:05pm ET
- Where: PNC Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 77°, cloudy, 20% chance of rain
News and Notes
Nick Lodolo’s 1st rehab start goes well
Last night the lefty pitched two shutout innings while allowing just one hit and striking out four batters in the Arizona Complex League. According to the Reds game notes he threw 22 pitches during his outing.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|