The Cincinnati Reds will go for the sweep of the 2-game series in Cleveland tonight against the Guardians. Cincinnati enters the day with four games remaining and they are 1.5 games back for the final wild card spot. Every game seems to be a must-win game at this point. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 6:10pm ET.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Steven Kwan – LF|
|TJ Friedl – CF||Jose Ramirez – DH|
|Spencer Steer – LF||Josh Naylor – 1B|
|Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B||Ramon Laureano – RF|
|Jake Fraley – DH||Tyler Freeman – 2B|
|Noelvi Marte – 3B||Brayan Rocchio – SS|
|Elly De La Cruz – SS||Myles Straw – CF|
|Will Benson – RF||Jose Tena – 3B|
|Luke Maile – C||Cam Gallagher – C|
|Andrew Abbott – LHP||Shane Bieber – RHP|
|Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Shane Bieber’s Stats
The leash has been short with Abbott over the last two starts as he’s allowed two runs in each game, but was removed in the 4th and 5th innings of each outing. Abbott faced Cleveland on August 16th and allowed two runs in 5.0 innings in a 7-2 Reds victory.
Left-handed hitters continue to sit when Abbott is on the mound – he’s had just 80 of them step to the plate against him this season – but when there is an occasional lefty in the box they don’t do much of anything. Right-handed hitters find more success. They don’t hit for too much average, but righties do walk at a solid rate and they show good power against him.
This will be just the second start since coming off of the injured list for Bieber. He missed most of July, all of August, and most of September before returning last week against Baltimore where he allowed four earned runs in 5.0 innings.
Left-handed hitters do a lot more damage against Bieber than righties do. Lefties hit for a higher average, walk twice as much, and hit for a lot more power. Right-handed hitters rarely walk and they hit for next to no power. Not shown below in the splits are the home/road numbers. Bieber has a 3.66 ERA at home and has just allowed four homers in 10 starts.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:10pm ET
- Where: Progressive Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 69°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
Kevin Newman released
Two days ago the Reds designated Kevin Newman for assignment. He cleared waivers and this afternoon the club gave him his outright release.
Wild Card Standings
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs | Top 3 Make Playoffs|
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|