St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds – April 23, 2022
The Cincinnati Reds will look to end their 10-game losing streak this afternoon when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Cincinnati will send Tyler Mahle up the hill to face Dakota Hudson. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET.
Here are your lineups for this afternoon’s NL Central contest:
Last season Mahle had huge splits at home and on the road. At home he pitched like a guy who should probably be in Triple-A (5.63 ERA) and on the road he pitched like a competitor to Cy Young (2.30 ERA). It hasn’t always had such extreme splits, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Where his splits were also extreme last year was against lefties and righties. Despite being a right-handed pitcher, he absolutely dominated lefties. Right-handed hitters, however, hit him pretty well.
At the start of the 2022 season, Dakota Hudson had a career ERA of 3.14 over 249.2 major league innings. In that time, he didn’t really stand out in many areas – he walked 120 batters and had just 192 strikeouts. But he continued to run off the board in a way that was a little different from most pitchers in today’s game – very high ground ball rates.
Of course, it’s hard to know exactly what kind of pitcher you’re going to get with Hudson right now. After pitching 174.2 innings in 2019, he has made 12 appearances since.
Hudson has only pitched 54.2 innings since the start of 2020, so quoting his spreads won’t be very helpful.
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When and where
- Game time: 4:10 p.m. ET
- Or: Great American Ballpark
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Provide: 81°, Sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and notes
Tyler Naquin activated
If you’ve watched the lineup above, you’ve probably noticed this one already, but Naquin was activated this afternoon. The team returned TJ Friedl to Triple-A Louisville and placed reliever Daniel Duarte on the 60-day disabled list.
around the beat
How Aramis Garcia won the backup catcher gig
Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about Aramis Garcia, his journey over the years and what led him to sign with Cincinnati and how he ended up winning the gig as backup catcher this spring.