The Cincinnati Reds begin their final home series of the regular season tonight, hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trailing two teams by a half-game for the final wild card spot, Cincinnati is in as close to “must win” mode as they can be the rest of the way. Tonight’s 1st pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
|Connor Joe – 1B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Bryan Reynolds – DH||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B||Spencer Steer – LF|
|Miguel Andujar – LF||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH|
|Jared Triolo – 2B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Liover Peguero – SS||Noelvi Marte – 3B|
|Endy Rodriguez – C||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Henry Davis – RF||Will Benson – RF|
|Ji Hwan Bae – CF||Luke Maile – C|
|Andre Jackson – RHP||Andrew Abbott – LHP|
|Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Andre Jackson’s Stats
On August 11th Abbott faced off against Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, and allowed two runs in 5.2 innings with nine strikeouts in a blowout Reds win. The lefty has struggled the last two times he’s taken the mound – giving up six runs in 4.0 innings against St. Louis and then two runs in 3.2 innings in his last start against the Mets.
When it comes to the splits for Abbott, they are quite big. Right-handed hitters are solid against him. They don’t hit for a high average, but they have a good walk rate and hit for a good amount of power. Lefties don’t hit for average or power, and they also don’t walk. Opposing managers don’t give many lefties a chance to face Abbott.
The Reds got a chance to face Jackson on August 13th and scored three runs against him on five hits in 3.2 innings during a Reds win. He’s pitched in three games this month and hasn’t complete five innings in any of them while giving up 12 earned runs in 12.1 innings with nine walks to go along with six strikeouts.
The splits for Jackson are pretty big. And they are reverse splits, too. Right-handed hitters hit for a much higher average and hit for a lot more power. Lefties walk ever so slightly more often, but they don’t do nearly as much when they make contact against Jackson.
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: 79°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Matt McLain on track for Tuesday return
Matt McLain is here taking grounders at SS and hitting in live BP. David Bell: "We felt like he needed one more day of live batting practice."
McLain, if he gets through today without issue, will start a 2-game rehab assignment on Sat. at Louisville and rejoin the Reds Tues.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) September 22, 2023
Reds sending 8 prospects to the AFL
The Arizona Fall League rosters were announced today and Cincinnati is sending eight prospects to join the Surprise Saguaros. The Reds are sending three position players and five pitchers out to the desert for five weeks starting in early October. I wrote nearly 1400 words about the group over at RedsMinorLeagues.com if you’re interested in more details.
Wild Card Standings
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs | Top 3 Make Playoffs|
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|