Mike Minor and the Cincinnati Reds will begin a new series tonight at Great American Ball Park as they welcome in the Philadelphia Phillies. Unfortunately neither Gritty or the Phanatic seem to be making the trip, rendering Philadelphia just a little less fun. They are bringing Thor, though, as Noah Syndergaard will take the mound opposite the Reds tonight. First pitch is set for 6:40pm.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s contest:
Jonathan India was originally in the starting lineup, but at 5pm he was scratched and replaced by Matt Reynolds. India hasn’t played since exiting the Field of Dreams game when he was hit in the leg by a pitch, resulting in swelling that was bad enough that he was airlifted to a hospital. While things turned out to be fine from a severity aspect, India was still seen limping on Sunday.
The struggles for Mike Minor haven’t gone away. He continues to struggle with control and keeping the ball in the park.
Teams don’t put too many left-handed hitters in the lineup when Minor is on the mound. When they do get in there they don’t find many hits and they aren’t walking, but when they do find hits they tend to go for extra-bases. Right-handed hitters, though, are crushing the ball against Minor – essentially hitting like MVP caliber hitters when they are in the batters box.
Recently acquired at the trade deadline, Noah Syndergaard is going to be making just his third start with the Phillies. The days of triple-digts from Syndergaard seem to be over. From 2015-2019 he averaged nearly 98 MPH on his fastball. But after Tommy John surgery in March of 2020 he’s average just 94.1 MPH on the fastball.
Right-handed hitters haven’t been able to find much success against Syndergaard this season. He’s holding them to a low average, barely walking any of them, and holding them to minimal power. Lefties are doing a bit better, hitting for a solid average, walking a tad more than righties are, and they are hitting for a bit more power.
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: 77°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain
News and Notes
Avoiding double digits
The Reds have lost 9 straight games started by Mike Minor. He is trying to avoid becoming the first Reds pitcher to start in 10 straight losses since Homer Bailey started 11 straight team losses in 2018. That season, the Reds went 1-19 in Bailey’s starts.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) August 15, 2022
A streak comes to an end on the farm
17-year-old outfielder/third baseman Carlos Sanchez saw his 40-game on-base streak to begin his career come to an end earlier this afternoon. He entered the day hitting .395/.538/.487 for the Dominican Summer League Reds before going 0-4 and being pinch hit for in the top of the 9th inning with two outs, ending one of the more impressive streaks I’ve seen in the farm system since I began covering it in 2006.