The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Guardians open up a 2-game series tonight at Great American Ball Park. They’ll play for The Ohio Cup, which I’m pretty sure makes for a terrible cup that you can’t possibly set on a table without it tipping over and spilling your coffee. First pitch tonight is set for 6:40pm ET.
|Steven Kwan – LF||Kevin Newman – 3B|
|Jose Ramirez – 3B||Matt McLain – 2B|
|Andres Gimenez – 2B||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Kole Calhoun – 1B||Spencer Steer – LF|
|Oscar Gonzalez – DH||Henry Ramos – DH|
|Will Brennan – RF||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B|
|Gabriel Arias – SS||Stuart Fairchild – CF|
|Bo Naylor – C||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Myles Straw – CF||TJ Hopkins – RF|
|Logan Allen – LHP||Graham Ashcraft – RHP|
|Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Logan Allen’s Stats
He’s back! Or at least that is how it feels. After a rough stretch for most of May and June, Ashcraft has turned back into a dominant pitcher over the last six weeks. He’s made seven starts since June 30th and has posted a 2.05 ERA in 44.0 innings. In that span he’s only allowed more than two runs in one start and he threw 8.0 innings in that one.
During his struggles in May and June, left-handed hitters were obliterating the ball against Ashcraft. But outside of that stretch he has dominated them for his career and he’s back to it. Right-handed hitters have always been good against Ashcraft and that has continued this season as well. They make more contact, hit for a higher average, and more power against him.
The rookie left-hander has been good for Cleveland this year, posting a 3.55 ERA in 17 starts. He’s had a few hiccups along the way, but by-and-large he’s been an anchor in their rotation. After walking just 7.8% of the batters he faced in his first 14 starts, he’s walked 14% in his last three as he’s struggled a bit to consistently find the strikezone. He’s given up five of his 11 home runs on the season in his last four starts.
As a lefty he doesn’t get the chance to face many lefties, but when he does he’s not allowing them to do a whole lot. He does walk them at a high rate, but they are hitting just .193 against him and not hitting for much power at all. Right-handed hitters have been solid against him across the board.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 73°, cloudy, 30% chance of rain
News and Notes
Nick Lodolo moves to AA on rehab
Cincinnati has moved Nick Lodolo up to Double-A where he’ll join the Chattanooga Lookouts tonight in Birmingham to continue his rehab. This will be his second start. You can read more about it here.
Someone will have a streak come to an end
Reds haven't won back-to-back games since 7/31. Guardians haven't won back-to-back games since 7/27. Both teams are coming off of wins heading into tonight's game.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) August 15, 2023
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|