The Cincinnati Reds have had back-to-back walk-off wins against Chicago. This afternoon the club will look to make it three wins in a row against the Cubs and pick up a series win. First pitch is set for 12:10pm ET.
|Mike Tauchman – CF||Nick Martini – DH|
|Nico Hoerner – 2B||TJ Friedl – LF|
|Ian Happ – LF||Spencer Steer – 2B|
|Cody Bellinger – DH||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Dansby Swanson – SS||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B|
|Seiya Suzuki – RF||Will Benson – RF|
|Jeimer Candelario – 1B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Nick Madrigal – 3B||Noelvi Marte – 3B|
|Miguel Amaya – C||Harrison Bader – CF|
|Jameson Taillon – RHP||Carson Spiers – RHP|
|Carson Spiers (AA)||83.0||3.69||1.35||41||106|
|Links: Carson Spiers’ Stats | Jameson Taillon’s Stats
You never really know what you’re going to get from a guy pitching in his big league debut. But we do know that since moving to the rotation five weeks ago in Double-A for Chattanooga that Spiers has pitched well, posting a 3.27 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 33.0 innings and holding hitters to a .193/.284/.303 line during that stretch that began on July 28th.
In the Southern League this season he’s pitched much better against right-handed hitters. They hit for a lower average, walk much less, and they hit for almost no power. Lefties don’t hit for much average, but they walk a lot and they hit for a solid amount of power against him.
There’s no public pitch tracking data for the Double-A level. Spiers throws both a 2-seamer and a 4-seamer in the 92-95 MPH range. He will also show a cutter, slider, and a change up.
Over the last three weeks it’s been tough for Taillon after having a good run of things in the middle of the season. Since August 9th he’s made four starts and given up 18 earned runs in 20.2 innings while giving up 27 hits – five of which have been home runs.
This season he’s pitched well against right-handed hitters. While they’ve hit for a solid average against him they almost never walk and they’ve hit for almost no power. Left-handed hitters, though, are hitting quite well against him. They walk at a good clip, hit .280 against him, and they are hitting for a lot of power.
When and Where
- Game time: 12:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 84°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Matt McLain, Jonathan India updates
There’s some good news and some bad news on the injury front to start the day.
David Bell said Matt McLain (oblique) is out two to three more weeks. Jonathan India (foot) could start a rehab assignment within the week. He’ll get a few games.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) September 3, 2023
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