After a 4-2 road trip, the Cincinnati Reds return to Great American Ball Park today to being a new series at home with the Minnesota Twins. The 3-game series starts with the Reds being a half-game behind both the Marlins and Cubs for the final wild card spot. They are a full game behind Arizona for the second wild card spot. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
|Edouard Julien – DH||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Jorge Polanco – 2B||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Royce Lewis – 3B||Spencer Steer – LF|
|Max Kepler – RF||Jake Fraley – DH|
|Carlos Correa – SS||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Alex Kirilloff – 1B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Matt Wallner – LF||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Christian Vazquez – C||Noelvi Marte – 3B|
|Michael A. Taylor – CF||Will Benson – RF|
|Joe Ryan – RHP||Connor Phillips – RHP|
|Links: Connor Phillips’ Stats | Joe Ryan’s Stats
While the Reds did send Phillips back to Louisville after his last start, he didn’t actually make an appearance with the Bats. Now he’s back and ready to step back into the rotation five days later. In his last start he allowed three runs in 4.0 innings against the Tigers.
The splits for Phillips aren’t completely useless, but they aren’t all that useful 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 then made another 11 starts in Triple-A Louisville before making his big league debut earlier this month. In the minor leagues and his first two big league starts – as a whole – the splits aren’t big. Righties hit for a bit more average and a bit more power, but they walk less often. Lefties walk often, but don’t hit for much average or for much power.
Splits (MiLB & MLB)
Pitch Usage (AAA & MLB)
After his first start in August where he allowed seven runs in 4.0 innings, he hit the injured list and missed nearly four weeks. He returned for one start to end August and has made three more in September. In those four starts since returning he’s allowed six runs in 19.2 innings (2.75 ERA).
The splits are pretty big for Joe Ryan, but it’s mostly got to do with the power output. Right-handed hitters do hit for a higher average, and they absolutely do not walk against him. But it’s the amount of power that they hit for that really separates the righties and lefties. Left-handed hitters make more contact and walk more, but they hit for less average and they don’t show much power at all against him.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market), FS1
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 72°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Roster moves on top of roster moves
Early in the afternoon the Reds made it official and called up Connor Phillips and activated Alex Young from the injured list. They also moved Harrison Bader to the injured list, optioned Carson Spiers to the minor leagues, and moved Graham Ashcraft to the 60-day injured list. A few hours later the team announced that they were activating Stuart Fairchild from the injured list and designated Hunter Renfroe for assignment.
Matt McLain injury update
Prior to today’s game David Bell told the media that Matt McLain could return as soon as next Tuesday. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first to relay the news.
The Draft picks are in town
Welcoming 2023 draft picks RHP Rhett Lowder, RHP Ty Floyd and SS Sammy Stafura to GABP?? pic.twitter.com/eQSaiBwXcq
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 18, 2023
Wild Card Standings
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs | Top 3 Make Playoffs|
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|