After a decent one-run win for the Cincinnati Reds (57-86) within the sequence opener Thursday evening, they proceed this uncommon five-game sequence with the St. Louis Cardinals (84-60) tonight. Jack Flaherty will begin for the Cardinals, whereas the Reds are going with a bullpen sport. Fernando Cruz would be the opening pitcher.
- When: 8:15 pm ET
- The place: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
- Climate: 80 levels, principally sunny
- TV: Bally Sports activities Ohio
- Radio: 700 WLW
St. Louis Cardinals
|LF T.J. Friedl||2B Brendan Donovan|
|2B Jonathan India||SS Tommy Edman|
|SS Kyle Farmer||1B Paul Goldschmidt|
|DH Jake Fraley||3B Nolan Arenado|
|1B Donovan Solano||LF Corey Dickerson|
|RF Aristides Aquino||DH Albert Pujols|
|CF Nick Senzel||RF Lars Nootbaar|
|3B Spencer Steer||CF Tyler O’Neill|
|C Austin Romine||C Andrew Knizner|
Aside from Nick Senzel, nobody on the present 26-man roster has confronted Flaherty greater than thrice.
*Cruz’s stats are from Triple-A Louisville.
After pitching to a 2.89 ERA with 23 saves in 56 video games at Triple-A Louisville this season, Cruz lastly earned his solution to the main leagues 15 years after he was drafted. And he’s been stellar in his restricted appearances with the Reds. In 6.1 innings, Cruz has struck out seven whereas strolling 4 and permitting just one run. He began because the “opener” in a bullpen sport on Tuesday at Nice American Ball Park in opposition to the Pirates and can get that very same task tonight in opposition to the Cardinals.
Proper-hander Raynel Espinal was referred to as up when Justin Dunn went on the IL and is most probably to pitch after Cruz. He made one look, giving up two hits and one run in 2.1 innings on Tuesday evening in opposition to the Pirates. He obtained the loss when the Reds failed to attain the remainder of the sport. Espinal has been in three organizations this season (Giants, Cubs, and now Reds), and has a 5.63 ERA in 102.1 innings at Triple-A. It hasn’t been a terrific 12 months for him, however his strikeout charge has been between 23-27% in all three organizations.
Flaherty has had a injury-riddled season in 2022. He made three begins in June after beginning the season on the IL and being out for greater than two months. Flaherty noticed restricted motion in these three begins; nevertheless, pitching simply eight innings. He gave up 5 runs in six innings by the primary two begins, however in two innings in opposition to the Cubs on June 26, he allowed one hit and struck out two in going through 11 batters. That might be his final begin for awhile. The Cardinals positioned him again on the injured record the subsequent day with a proper shoulder pressure and transferred him to the 60-day injured record on July 11. The Cardinals activated Flaherty September 5, and he’s made two begins since then, pitching 5 innings in every.
In 2019, Flaherty threw practically 200 innings and had a 2.75 ERA with 231 strikeouts. After which got here the shortened season the place he made solely 9 begins, adopted by an abrupt finish to his season with an indirect harm in 2021. The Cardinals hope Flaherty can return the pitcher he was in 2019 when he was thought of probably the greatest pitchers within the league.
Information and Notes
The Arizona Fall League rosters have been introduced right now, and the Reds have loads of prospects heading out to Phoenix subsequent month.
Right here’s a enjoyable stat concerning the Reds’ opener tonight, Cruz.
Fernando Cruz will begin at pitcher for the Reds right now simply 3 days after beginning at pitcher for the Reds vs Pittsburgh.
That will likely be shortest stint between begins by a Reds pitcher since Ramon Ortiz began 3 days aside on 6/29 & 7/2/2005. (see observe in subsequent tweet)
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 16, 2022
If you happen to comply with me on Twitter, you recognize I’ve been aggressively rooting for the Reds to keep away from the 100-loss mark. I made a wager with my co-worker in early April (earlier than the 3-22 begin) that the Reds wouldn’t lose 100 video games, and it has come right down to the very finish of the season. So, right here’s to the Reds successful six extra video games and giving me a free lunch, but when they do lose 100, not less than this wager gave me a way of ardour in September for a workforce that’s 30 video games under .500.