The Cincinnati Reds will look to get back in the win column tonight after dropping the opener to the all of a sudden burning hot Chicago White Sox, who have won four of their last five after losing 10 games in a row. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET at Great American Ball Park.
Jake Fraley was in the original lineup, but at 6:09pm he was scratched with lower back stiffness. Henry Ramos will start the game in left field.
While Nick Lodolo has pitched better since his April 18th 8-run, 4.2 inning performance against Tampa Bay, he hasn’t pitched much better. He’s allowed nine runs in 9.0 innings over two starts since then and he’s given up two home runs in each of those two starts.
Right-handed hitters have crushed the ball this season against Lodolo. They have an OPS of 1.050 with seven home runs. Righties don’t walk much, and they aren’t making a bunch of contact, but when they do make contact it’s been very good contact. Left-handed hitters aren’t doing a whole lot in the very limited action they get in the batters box against Lodolo.
It’s been a solid, but unspectacular start to the 2023 season for Mike Clevinger. He’s been inconsistent, but is coming off of a good start against Tampa Bay in his last outing where he walked one and struck out eight batters in 5.0 innings with two runs allowed.
Left-handed hitters have hit better against him this season. They are making way more contact, walking more, and hitting for more power. Right-handed hitters have been solid across the board against him, but don’t stand out in any given area. While it’s not shown below in his splits, he’s pitched much worse in his three road starts – posting a 5.87 ERA – than he has in his three starts at home – where his ERA is 3.21.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 75°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Eloy Jimenez hospitalized
Not a Reds note, but certainly a game note. Eloy Jimenez has been hospitalized in Cincinnati with abdominal pain. No updates beyond that.
Wil Myers activated, Matt Reynolds DFA’d
If you already looked at the lineup then you saw that Wil Myers was in it. The team activated him this afternoon and to create room on the roster for him they designated Matt Reynolds for assignment. You can read more about the moves here if you would like.
Elly De La Cruz is on top of the Statcast leaderboard
Last night Elly De La Cruz did something in Omaha that puts him on top of the Statcast leaderboard – and not just for Triple-A, either. He would be on top of the leaderboard in the big leagues, too.
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