Fresh off of their wins on Saturday and Sunday against the Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds are looking to plant their flag in the state of Pennsylvania as the best team in the state or something as they begin a 4-game series tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies. First pitch is set for 7:05pm tonight.
Here are the lineups for this today’s series opener:
Tonight may be the first real start for Luis Cessa in nearly four years. He did make a start for the Reds earlier this year, but he was “the opener” and not expected to pitch beyond the 1st inning. And he didn’t. How long he’s expected to pitch, though, probably isn’t going to be much. He’s only thrown more than 30 pitches once this season and that was back on June 8th when he threw 35 in 1.1 innings against Arizona.
The sample size is small for Cessa on the splits this year, but that’s the case with relievers. Right-handed hitters have performed far better this season against him than left-handed hitters have, showing significantly more power, making way more contact, and drawing far more walks.
The Reds were the last team that Noah Syndergaard faced. It’s been a full week since then, but he allowed three runs in 7.0 innings, pitching into the 8th but not recording an out, while striking out six batters and not walking anyone.
The triple-digit fastball is gone for Thor, but he’s still finding ways to be successful without it. He doesn’t walk many batters from either side of the plate. But he is striking out a lot more right-handed hitters than lefties, who make plenty of contact against him. Neither righties or lefties are hitting for much power against him.
When and Where
- Game time: 7:05pm ET
- Where: Citizens Bank Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 80°, cloudy, 50% chance of rain
News and Notes
Do you like Fangraphs?
If you do, they released an app for both Apple and Android devices and announced it to the world this afternoon. While it’s similar to their website, it may make things a little bit easier for you while you’re on the go.
The Reds were never close to extending Luis Castillo
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer has an article up today (for subscribers only) that is about the trade deadline, rebuilding, and the events that led up to things. Within the article he notes that Nick Krall and Castillo’s agent met in person back in June and then had a few talks after that in-person meeting, but Castillo’s agent Rafa Nieves noted that “We never got to second base. We understand why.”