The Cincinnati Reds had plenty of opportunities last night to pick up a win, but they just couldn’t get it done as Pittsburgh came back to pick up the win. The Pirates and Reds will play game two of their 3-game series tonight. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
|Joshua Palacios – RF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Bryan Reynolds – LF||Nick Senzel – LF|
|Ke’Bryan Hayes – DH||Spencer Steer – 1B|
|Jack Suwinski – CF||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH|
|Jared Triolo – 3B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Endy Rodriguez – C||Noelvi Marte – 3B|
|Alfonso Rivas – 1B||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Ji Hwan Bae – 2B||Stuart Fairchild – RF|
|Alika Williams – SS||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Bailey Falter – LHP||Connor Phillips – RHP|
|Links: Connor Phillips’ Stats | Bailey Falter’s Stats
After having some struggles in his first two starts in the big leagues, Phillips put together a strong start the last time out. Five days ago he pitched against Minnesota and struck out seven batters in 7.0 innings against the Twins. He has allowed five homers in his three starts.
The splits in the big leagues are such a small sample size that it’s not all that useful. With that said, early on there has been a huge difference in how much power right-handed hitters have produced compared to left-handed hitters. Lefties have struck out far more often.
In his last start things for Bailey Falter went in a different direction – he pitched the first inning but didn’t return. He had pitched six innings a week earlier. Now he’s back on the mound just four days later.
Despite being a left-handed pitcher, it’s lefties who are crushing the ball against Falter. The sample size is small, but left-handed hitters are hitting .359 and slugging .672 against him this season. Right-handed hitters don’t get on base much against him, don’t hit for a lot of power but aren’t hapless, and are hitting .251 against him.
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: 74°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Matt McLain begins a rehab assignment
The infielder is starting a rehab assignment tonight with the Triple-A Louisville Bats. He’s expected to play today and tomorrow, and if things go well he will re-join Cincinnati on Tuesday in Cleveland.
Harrison Bader out for the year, Antone unlikely to return
David Bell said that the chances for Tejay Antone returning in the postseason are remote. Harrison Bader is also out for the year.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) September 23, 2023
Wild Card Standings
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs | Top 3 Make Playoffs|
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|