Last night saw the Blue Jays and Reds battle it out in a scoreless game until the final play – a walk-off home run by Christian Encarnacion-Strand. Cincinnati will look for a win tonight that would give them a series win, while Toronto will be looking to even things up. The first pitch this evening is set for 6:40pm ET.
Toronto Blue Jays
|Whit Merrifield – LF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Bo Bichette – SS||Matt McLain – 2B|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1B||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Matt Chapman – 3B||Spencer Steer – 3B|
|Davis Schneider – DH||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Alejandro Kirk – C||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH|
|Cavan Biggio – RF||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Santiago Espinal – 2B||Will Benson – RF|
|Daulton Varsho – CF||Stuart Fairchild – LF|
|Chris Bassitt – RHP||Brandon Williamson – LHP|
|Links: Brandon Williamson’s Stats | Chris Bassitt’s Stats
The first eight starts for Williamson were a bit of a struggle. He had a 5.82 ERA in that time, but since the start of July he’s made eight more starts and he’s been outstanding. Over those eight starts he’s posted a 2.98 ERA. He’s allowed one run in each of his last two starts.
Left-handed hitters don’t get too many chances to face Williamson and it’s for good reason: They can’t hit him. Lefties are hitting just .222 and have just two extra-base hits against him this year in 63 plate appearances. Right-handed hitters are finding more success against him, but it’s mostly coming from extra-base hits. They still aren’t hitting for much average and they don’t walk a bunch – they do hit for plenty of power against him when they do find hits, though.
The last time out, Bassitt gave up four runs in 6.0 innings against the Cubs, but the time before that he allowed just one run to the Red Sox in 7.0 innings. That’s been a bit of the story for Bassitt this season as he’s had a few rough outings mixed in with solid-to-good outings throughout.
The splits against Bassitt are extreme. Right-handed hitters don’t do much of anything against him, posting a .575 OPS in 308 plate appearances. But lefties are hitting quite well against him. They hit for average, they walk at a solid rate, and they hit for plenty of power against him.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 82°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Noelvi Marte called up
The team’s #1 prospect, Noelvi Marte is up, taking place on the roster of Kevin Newman who was placed on the injured list with an oblique strain. While he’s not in the lineup today, expect to see him plenty as David Bell said to reporters pre-game he’s going to start at third base every day (except today).
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|