Last night saw the Cleveland Guardians shut the Reds out 3-0 to open their 2-game series at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati will look to split the short series with a victory behind Andrew Abbott. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
|Steven Kwan – LF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Jose Ramirez – 3B||Matt McLain – 2B|
|Ramon Laureano – RF||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Oscar Gonzalez – DH||Spencer Steer – 3B|
|Brayan Rocchio – SS||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Tyler Freeman – 2B||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH|
|Gabriel Arias – 1B||Stuart Fairchild – LF|
|Myles Straw – CF||Will Benson – RF|
|Cam Gallagher – C||Luke Maile – C|
|Noah Syndergaard – RHP||Andrew Abbott – LHP|
|Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Noah Syndergaard’s Stats
After struggling in back-to-back starts, Abbott returned to the mound in his last start and pitched well against the Pirates as he struck out nine batters without a walk and allowed two runs in 5.2 innings.
When it comes to splits it’s very clear that teams avoid sending anyone but elite left-handed hitters up to face Abbott unless there simply isn’t another choice. The lefties who do get the opportunity to face him haven’t been able to do much. They have one double, one home run, and one walk in 55 triples to the plate against him to go along with their seven singles. Right-handed hitters are doing much better, but they still aren’t doing all that well. They don’t hit for average or get on base, but right-handed hitters are hitting for solid power against him when they do happen to find hits.
The Reds hammered Syndergaard on June 6th for six runs in 3.0 innings when he was with the Dodgers. He wound up on the injured list for nearly two months after that and has only made three starts since – all with Cleveland. Two of those have gone well, while the middle one did not as the White Sox roughed him up for five runs in 6.0 innings on nine hits – including four home runs.
Both lefties and righties have found plenty of success against Syndergaard this season. Both make tons of contact, hit for a high average, and hit for plenty of power against him. Where Syndergaard does stand out is that he throws a lot of strikes and doesn’t walk anyone – but that hasn’t really done much for him this season.
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: 78°, cloudy, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Luke Weaver DFA’d, Alan Busenitz called up
The Cincinnati Reds designated Luke Weaver for assignment this afternoon and called up Alan Busenitz from Triple-A Louisville. If you want more details, we got a little more in depth here.
Greene and Lodolo dominate on rehab
Last night Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo were both on the mound in the minor leagues while on rehab assignments. Greene was with Triple-A Louisville and Lodolo was with Double-A Chattanooga. Between the two of them they racked up 15 strikeouts and allowed one hit in 8.2 innings. For more details and video from both starts, we’ve got you covered right here.
Cleveland’s struggles against lefties…..
The Guardians have been the worst hitting team in MLB vs LHP this season (.230/.293/.357). They've been a disaster vs LHP in August: .148/.207/.193
And no, the Reds aren't just as bad in August (though it's nothing to be proud of): .218/.274/.412
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) August 16, 2023
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