After splitting a doubleheader on Friday, the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs get back at it tonight in Cincinnati. The winner will guarantee themselves at least a split of the series. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
|Nico Hoerner – 2B||Jake Fraley – DH|
|Dansby Swanson – SS||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Ian Happ – LF||Spencer Steer – 2B|
|Cody Bellinger – CF||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Seiya Suzuki – RF||Nick Martini – LF|
|Yan Gomes – C||Hunter Renfroe – RF|
|Jeimer Candelario – 3B||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B|
|Patrick Wisdom – 1B||Noelvi Marte – 3B|
|Christopher Morel – DH||Luke Maile – C|
|Javier Assad – RHP||Andrew Abbott – LHP|
|Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Javier Assad’s Stats
Through 10 starts for Abbott he had a 1.90 ERA. In the six starts since he’s struggled, posting an ERA of 6.67 as he’s been far more hittable and he’s struggled to throw strikes with consistency – walking 15 batters in 27.0 innings since July 31st. His last outing saw him throw just 3.1 innings before being lifted in San Francisco.
Left-handed hitters haven’t been able to do much against Abbott this season. They have just three walks and 23 strikeouts while posting an OPS just over .500 against him. Right-handed hitters don’t hit for much average, but they do walk at a good rate against him and have hit for a solid amount of power.
After spending much of the season in the Cubs bullpen, Assad has made five starts in a row, beginning in August. His last outing was his best of the year, allowing one run in 7.0 innings with seven strikeouts against Pittsburgh. Since moving to the rotation he’s posted a 2.48 ERA and thrown 29.0 innings.
On the season he’s shown some splits. Left-handed batters are hitting for a higher average, they walk more often, they make more contact, and they are hitting for more power – though it’s not a lot of power. Assad has been quite good against right-handed hitters. They are hitting just .204 against him and don’t hit for hardly any power. They do walk at a solid clip and they make contact at a high rate – they just haven’t done much when they do make contact.
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: 87°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Graham Ashcraft, Brandon Williamson to the injured list
Things got worse for the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon when they announced that Graham Ashcraft was heading to the injured list with a stress reaction in his toe and that Brandon Williamson was headed to the COVID-19 injured list. They have called up pitchers Connor Phillips and Chasen Shreve from Triple-A Louisville to take their place. We went into more details on everyone here earlier today.
Michael Siani claimed by St. Louis
The Reds designated outfielder Michael Siani for assignment earlier this week. Today it was announced that he was claimed by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Justin Dunn to have shoulder surgery
After battling should issues for several years, Justin Dunn will be having shoulder surgery. That’s going to end his season – one that never really got going outside of a week of rehab appearances in August. We wrote about Dunn’s shoulder injury history here if you wanted to see how things have played out.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|