Last night the Cincinnati Reds put a beat down on St. Louis the likes of which they haven’t done since the 1800’s, beating them by two touchdowns, two extra-points, and a field goal in a 19-2 victory. The win kept the Reds playoff hopes alive. They’ll look to do more of the same this evening against the Cardinals. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 7:15pm ET.
St. Louis Cardinals
|Jonathan India – 2B||Tommy Edman – 2B|
|Nick Senzel – LF||Paul Goldschmidt – DH|
|Spencer Steer – 1B||Lars Nootbaar – CF|
|Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH||Jordan Walker – RF|
|Tyler Stephenson -C||Ivan Herrera – C|
|Noelvi Marte – 3B||Richie Palacios – LF|
|TJ Friedl – CF||Luken Baker – 1B|
|Elly De La Cruz – SS||Jose Fermin – 3B|
|Stuart Fairchild – RF||Masyn Winn – SS|
|Connor Phillips – RHP||Drew Rom – LHP|
|Links: Connor Phillips’ Stats | Drew Rom’s Stats
In his first two big league starts, Phillips ran into a few problems as he allowed eight runs in 8.2 innings. But in his next two – and most recent – starts he’s allowed five runs in 12.0 innings (3.75 ERA) with four walks and 16 strikeouts.
The splits in the big leagues haven’t quite reflected what they were this year in the minor leagues. Phillips did have more success in the minors against lefties, but righties didn’t show nearly the same kind of power against him that they have so far in the big leagues. Neither group is hitting for much average against him. Lefties have walked a lot, but done nothing else. Righties have hit for a ton of power, but nothing else. Small sample size alert applies in a big way here, though.
The Reds faced Rom earlier this month in Cincinnati and scored four runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.2 innings against him in a 9-4 win. He’s struggled to throw strikes, miss bats, and keep the ball in the park in his rookie season.
The sample size is really small for lefties facing Rom in the big leagues….. but of their six hits against him, five of them have been extra-base hits. Half of those six hits have been home runs. Righties have also crushed the ball against him, hitting for a higher average and plenty – but less – power. Much like is the case with Phillips – the small sample size alert applies here.
When and Where
- Game time: 7:15pm ET
- Where: Busch Stadium
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 86°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Cincinnati has to win out. They also need Arizona and Miami to lose out. The Marlins play Pittsburgh at 6:35pm. The Dbacks play Houston at 8:10pm.
Brandon Williamson isn’t having it
Wild Card Standings
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs | Top 3 Make Playoffs|
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|