The Cincinnati Reds got their road trip started out right on Tuesday night, picking up a 6-5 extra-innings victory. Cincinnati will look for another win this evening which would guarantee them a series win. Detroit will try to even the series up as the Tigers hope to impress some local dogs on their final Bark in the Park night. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Zach McKinstry – SS|
|Nick Senzel – 3B||Matt Vierling – 3B|
|Spencer Steer – RF||Spencer Torkelson – 1B|
|Hunter Renfroe – DH||Kerry Carpenter – RF|
|Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B||Andy Ibanez – 2B|
|Harrison Bader – CF||Miguel Cabrera – DH|
|Noelvi Marte – SS||Parker Meadows – CF|
|TJ Friedl – LF||Carson Kelly – C|
|Luke Maile – C||Akil Baddoo – LF|
|Connor Phillips – RHP||Eduardo Rodriguez – LHP|
|Links: Connor Phillips’ Stats | Eduardo Rodriguez’s Stats
In his first start he allowed five runs in 4.2 innings. All five runs came on homers – he allowed two of them – against the Seattle Mariners. Phillips struck out seven batters and had two walks in his debut.
The splits aren’t entirely useless, but they aren’t all that useful at this point either. He made 14 starts in Double-A, all of which came with a pre-tacked baseball that gave pitchers an advantage they wouldn’t have in other leagues. He made 11 starts in Triple-A before making his big league debut eight days ago. The range of the types of hitters he’s faced isn’t the same as in the big leagues that he’ll be facing. With that all said, the splits in the minors and his first big league appearance weren’t all that different. Righties had an OPS 20 points higher than lefties did against him.
Splits (MiLB & MLB)
A target of many teams at the trade deadline, Eduardo Rodriguez opted to remain in Detroit and he’s continued to pitch well since the deadline passed. He did have a bit of a struggle in his last outing where he walked four batters with four strikeouts in 6.0 innings against the Yankees.
When it comes down to his splits, they are pretty big. The lefty is dominant against left-handed hitting. They’ve managed just a .495 OPS against him, don’t walk much, and strike out often. Right-handed hitters are nearly 200 points better when it comes to OPS, but that doesn’t mean that they are all that good. They don’t hit for average, don’t walk much, and they don’t hit for much power – they just do all of those things better than lefties have.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Comerica Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 66°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain
News and Notes
Andrew Abbott pushed to Saturday
On normal rest, today would be Andrew Abbott’s day to start, but we knew that he wouldn’t be making the start as of a few days ago. This afternoon Gordon Wittenmyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Abbott would get back on the mound on Saturday in New York against the Mets. There is no word on who will start on Thursday – it’s listed as TBA.
Wild Card Standings
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs | Top 3 Make Playoffs|
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|