The Cincinnati Reds took the first two games of the series over the Mets. This afternoon they’ll got for the sweep in New York, turning to Brandon Williamson in his second start back from the injured list. First pitch from Citi Field is scheduled for 1:40pm ET.
New York Mets
|Spencer Steer – 2B||Brandon Nimmo – DH|
|Nick Senzel – LF||Ronny Mauricio – 2B|
|Hunter Renfroe – RF||Pete Alonso – 1B|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Francisco Lindor – SS|
|Noelvi Marte – 3B||Francisco Alvarez – C|
|Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B||Jeff McNeil – CF|
|Joey Votto – DH||Mark Vientos – 3B|
|Harrison Bader – CF||DJ Stewart – RF|
|Elly De La Cruz – SS||Tim Locastro – LF|
|Brandon Williamson – LHP||Jose Quintana – LHP|
|Links: Brandon Williamson’s Stats | Jose Quintana’s Stats
After going two weeks between starts, Williamson struggled the last time out as he gave up five runs in 4.0 innings to Detroit. It was arguably his worst start since May.
Lefties hit for a higher average, and their on-base percentage is higher than righties against Williamson. But lefties don’t hit for hardly any power at all against him – managing just two doubles in 76 trips to the plate. Right-handed hitters don’t hit for much average and they don’t walk all that much, but they do hit for plenty of power against him.
After missing the first half of the season, Quintana returned to the mound on July 20th and he’s made 10 starts since and has looked good in nine of those starts. The last time out he allowed two runs in 5.0 innings against Arizona.
The sample size is still small, but Quintana has been dominant against left-handed hitters so far. They don’t get many chances to face him – just 42 plate appearances so far in 2023 – but they are hitting .128 with one double. Right-handed hitters hit for a solid average and they walk at a good rate. They have not hit for much power at all. Quintana’s given up just one homer in his 10 starts.
When and Where
- Game time: 1:40pm ET
- Where: Citi Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 76°, cloudy, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Graham Ashcraft to have surgery
Last night we learned that starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft was going to need to undergo surgery on his toe and his season will be over. This was first reported by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Winning in New York…..
This is the first winning series in New York against the Mets by the Reds in the last seven. During that time, Cincinnati is 9-19 at Citi Field.
Wild Card Standings
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs | Top 3 Make Playoffs|
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|