After last night’s soul crushing loss, the Cincinnati Reds will look to move forward and try to salvage a win and avoid being swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final home series of the regular season. This afternoon’s 1st pitch is set for 1:40pm ET.
|Connor Joe – 1B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Bryan Reynolds – LF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B||Spencer Steer – LF|
|Miguel Andujar – RF||Jake Fraley – DH|
|Jared Triolo – 2B||Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 3B|
|Jack Suwinski – CF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Liover Peguero – SS||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Henry Davis – DH||Elly De La Cruz – SS|
|Jason Delay – C||Will Benson – RF|
|Quinn Priester – RHP||Brandon Williamson – LHP|
|Links: Brandon Williamson’s Stats | Quinn Priester’s Stats
On August 13th the Pirates saw Williamson in Pittsburgh. It was the 16th start of the year for Williamson and he put together a strong outing, allowing a run in 5.2 innings and allowed just two hits, two walks, and he had six strikeouts. He’s only thrown 4.0 innings in each of his last two starts.
Lefties hit for a higher average and have walked ever so slightly more often than righties have against Williamson. What they don’t do is hit for any sort of power – slugging just .288. Right-handed hitters make a difference against Williamson with the amount of power they hit for.
One of the Pirates top prospects entering the year, things haven’t gone well for Priester in his rookie year. He’s made eight starts this season – all since mid-July – and he’s allowed four runs or more in all of them but one, and in that one he only three 4.0 innings and gave up three runs. Control has been an issue for him as he’s walked 21 batters and given up 10 home runs in just 38.2 innings.
Left-handed hitters have absolutely crushed the ball against Priester. They walk more than they strike out, make tons of contact, hit for an average high enough to win a batting title, and they’ve got an OPS of 1.142 against him. Righties don’t hit for all that much average and they are only walking at a solid clip, but they also hit for some good power against him – just not as much as lefties.
When and Where
- Game time: 1:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 78°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Today could be it….
The last home game of the season could be Joey Votto’s final game at Great American Ball Park. It’s rather disappointing that we don’t know one way or the other if this really is the end.
Louisville avoids a losing season
Last night the Louisville Bats game was suspended by a power outage in the 7th inning. This morning they finished that game out with a 4-2 win. That moved them to 74-73. They’ll play their regularly scheduled game today as well. It’s the final game of the year. If they win, they will finish with a winning season for the first time since 2011. Yes, you read that correctly. But win or lose, they won’t have a losing record at the end of the year for the first time in more than a decade.
Wild Card Standings
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs | Top 3 Make Playoffs|
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|