Fresh off of a .500 road trip on the west coast, the Cincinnati Reds will open up a series against the Chicago Cubs today with a day/night doubleheader. The first game is a make up from a game that was postponed in the first week of the season. First pitch is set for 1:10pm ET.
|Mike Tauchman – CF||Harrison Bader – CF|
|Nico Hoerner – 2B||Spencer Steer – 2B|
|Ian Happ – LF||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Cody Bellinger – 1B||Hunter Renfroe – RF|
|Dansby Swanson – SS||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B|
|Seiya Suzuki – RF||Nick Senzel – 3B|
|Christopher Morel – DH||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Miguel Amaya – C||Noelvi Marte – DH|
|Nick Madrigal – 3B||Stuart Fairchild – LF|
|Jordan Wicks – LHP||Graham Ashcraft – RHP|
|Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Jordan Wicks’ Stats
The 2023 season has been one of the extremes for Ashcraft. His first handful of starts went great, but then he struggled for nearly two months and had an ERA of 12.82 in eight starts from May 7th through June 24th. But since then he’s made 11 starts with a 2.39 ERA and has gotten his season back on track.
During his struggles it was left-handed hitters that were just crushing the ball against him. But he’s fixed that and the numbers have been in decline for lefties in his most recent 11 starts. Right-handed hitters have always hit better against him and they continue to do so. Righties make more contact, walk more, hit for a higher average, and hit for more power.
The Cubs will turn to Wicks in just his second career start. Wicks had split his season between Double-A and Triple-A where he posted a 3.55 ERA in 20 starts between the two levels.
The splits against Wicks aren’t huge, but how each group of players gets there is a bit different. Left-handed hitters make more contact, hit for a higher average, and as a result have a higher on-base percentage. Right-handed hitters don’t hit for much average at all and thus they are getting on base at a lower rate. Righties do hit for a lot more power, though.
Splits (MiLB & MLB)
Pitch Usage (AAA & MLB)
When and Where
- Game time: 1:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market), MLB Network (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 78°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Roster moves all day
Cincinnati made five roster moves today. They activated Jake Fraley from the injured list, called up Brett Kennedy from Triple-A, added Harrison Bader and Hunter Renfroe to the activate roster, and they placed Hunter Greene on the COVID-19 injured list. We wrote a bit more about all of those moves here.
Hunter Renfroe on joining the club
Hunter is ready to go ? pic.twitter.com/O4zL0APFU0
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 1, 2023
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|