The Cincinnati Reds (15-30) are back in action tonight to shake off their 1-0 loss to the LA Dodgers (23-23). Like most West Coast games, tonight’s contest won’t start until 10:10pm ET.
Lucky for the Reds that Clayton Kershaw can only pitch once every five games. The Dodgers have only won three of their last nine games, and Kershaw played in all three of those victories. Twice as the starting pitcher and once as a pinch hitter.
|Daniel Wright AA/AAA||0.79||1.90||0.0||4.0%||25.8%|
|Mike Bolsinger 2015||3.62||3.91||0.9||9.7%||21.0%|
Daniel Wright makes his major league debut tonight for your Cincinnati Reds. Wright will be the 10th different starter for Reds this season and the 22nd different pitcher to make an appearance. The scouting report is that he throws strikes! After the 2014 season, fangraphs said “The 23-year-old recorded a strikeout-walk differential of nearly 20 percentage points Ã¢â‚¬â€ among the top figures by that measure in the entire minor leagues.” Doug Gray echos that with a detailed scouting report today on Redleg Nation. Just one small excerpt from his excellent article:
The scouting report on Daniel Wright starts with control. As noted earlier in the article, he attacks the strikezone and hardly struggles with walking hitters. His stuff isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to blow anyone away. The fastball works in the 89-92 MPH range and he mixes in a good 12-6 curveball and a solid change up. Where he sticks out is his ability to throw all of his pitches for strikes and his ability to mix pitches well and keep hitters off balance.
Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger has missed most of this season with strained oblique. In his first 2016 start last week against Angels, he allowed three runs, lasting just 4.1 innings. Bolsinger was one of the Dodgers top 4 starters last season, making 21 starts in his first full season in the Dodgers organization.
LINEUP AND BATTING ORDER
|SP: Daniel Wright||SP: Mike Bolsinger|
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Daniel Wright (P)
|1. Chase Utley (2B)
2. Corey Seager (SS)
3. Justin Turner (3B)
4. Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
5. Trayce Thompson (LF)
6. Joc Pederson (CF)
7. Yasiel Puig (RF)
8. Yasmani Grandal (C)
9. Mike Bolsinger (P)
Joey Votto moves to second in the order. Phillips and Bruce slide up. Duvall moves to fifth.
REDS FIRST COMPLETE GAME
Brandon Finnegan’s complete game last night was the Reds first complete game of the season. Not only did it give the bullpen a night off, it also marked the first time all season that Finnegan has made it past 6.2 innings.
Eight other National League teams have yet to throw a complete game. Four NL teams also have just one. For the
Dodgers Kershaw, that was his 3rd of the season.
Well, it’s not Kershaw tonight, so the Reds have a chance.
When Clayton Kershaw starts the Dodgers play like a 146-win team (9-1). With anyone else they play like a 99-loss team (14-22, .389 win pct)
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) May 24, 2016
I am excited to see what the rookie Wright can do in his major league debut!