Cincinnati will look to even things up against San Francisco tonight in game two of their 3-game series. The Giants took the first game of the series last night by a score of 4-1 as the Reds were stymied by Kyle Harrison into the 7th inning. Tonight’s 1st pitch is set for 9:45pm.
San Francisco Giants
|TJ Friedl – CF||Austin Slater – CF|
|Spencer Steer – 2B||Thairo Estrada – 2B|
|Elly De La Cruz – SS||Wilmer Flores – DH|
|Nick Martini – DH||Mitch Haniger – LF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Patrick Bailey – C|
|Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B||J.D. Davis – 1B|
|Will Benson – LF||Paul DeJong – SS|
|Noelvi Marte – 3B||Luis Matos – RF|
|Nick Senzel – RF||Casey Schmitt – 3B|
|Brandon Williamson – LHP||Alex Cobb – RHP|
|Links: Brandon Williamson’s Stats | Alex Cobb’s Stats
Cincinnati will hope that Williamson continues what he’s been doing of late. Since the start of July he’s posted a 3.00 ERA in 10 starts. The last time out he tossed six shutout innings in Arizona and walked just one batter while striking out six batters.
Teams don’t give many left-handed hitters an opportunity to face Williamson. The ones that do get that chance hit for a better average than righties do, and get on base a little more, but they also hit for no power at all. Righties don’t hit for much average, and they don’t get on base much, but they do hit for a good amount of power off of Williamson.
It’s been a rough stretch in August for Cobb. In his five starts he’s allowed 20 runs in 26.1 innings (6.84 ERA) and he’s given up eight home runs. In his last start, though, he was solid as he allowed just two solo home runs in 5.0 innings without a walk.
The OPS difference for lefties and righties isn’t that different against Cobb, but how each group gets there is. Lefties walk nearly four times as often as righties do, and they hit for a higher average, but they don’t hit for nearly as much power. Right-handed hitters still hit for a solid average against Cobb, but they rarely walk, swing and miss a lot more often, and they hit for a lot more power.
When and Where
- Game time: 9:45pm ET
- Where: Oracle Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 73°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Plenty of roster moves
Prior to tonight’s game the Reds called up Alejo Lopez, optioned Michael Siani back to Triple-A, and designated reliever Tony Santillan for assignment. You can read more about each player involved here from our write up earlier today.
Jake Fraley begins a rehab assignment
The outfielder has joined the Louisville Bats in Omaha to start a rehab assignment as he recovers from a stress fracture in a toe. As I type this he is 0-3 while hitting leadoff and is the Bats designated hitter.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|