The Cincinnati Reds will be going for a series win tonight after they took the first game of the 3-game set against the Twins on Monday night. Minnesota will be facing a mixing-and-matching group of pitchers tonight as the Reds are going with a sort-of bullpen day. First pitch tonight is set for 6:40pm ET.
|Edouard Julien – 2B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Jorge Polanco – DH||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Royce Lewis – 3B||Spencer Steer – LF|
|Max Kepler – RF||Jake Fraley – DH|
|Willi Castro – CF||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Alex Kirilloff – 1B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Ryan Jeffers – C||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 3B|
|Matt Wallner – LF||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Will Benson – RF|
|Kenta Maeda – RHP||Fernando Cruz – RHP|
|Links: Fernando Cruz’s Stats | Kenta Maeda’s Stats
Today will be the second start for Cruz this season, but he’s expected to just be used as an opener rather than someone who will give the team 3+ innings.
Cruz has been much better this season against righties than lefties, holding them to a .537 OPS on the season, walking fewer of them, and striking them out at a much higher rate. He’s been solid against lefties, with the walk rate against them just being a bit higher than you would like to see.
After a tough start to end August where he allowed six runs in 4.0 innings, Maeda has rebounded well in September. This month he’s made three starts and posted a 3.63 ERA. He’s allowed a home run in 11 consecutive starts, but only one of those games has featured more than one home run allowed.
The splits for Maeda aren’t huge, but they do exist. Right-handed hitters and left-handed hitters are similar when it comes to average. Lefties walk a little bit more, but the big difference between the two is that righties hit for a lot more power – having a 101 point slugging percentage advantage.
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: 72°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Graham Ashcraft to have surgery today
The Reds pitcher was scheduled to have surgery on his toe today to fix his stress reaction in his right big toe.
Wild Card Standings
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs | Top 3 Make Playoffs|
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|