Cincinnati Reds probable pitchers & starting lineup vs. Atlanta Braves, April 10

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft (51) throws a pitch.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft (51) throws a pitch. / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Probable starting pitchers

The Cincinnati Reds embark on a three-game series in Atlanta against the Braves. Cincinnati rebounded from an awful ninth-inning meltdown last Saturday to take the series finale from the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Cincinnati skipper David Bell shuffled his starting rotation a bit by sending Connor Overton to the bump on Sunday. That means the Braves will have to tangle with Graham Ashcraft on Monday night. Ashcraft was impressive in his 2023 debut, striking out six over seven innings of work and picking up the win.

Opposing the Redlegs this evening will be 23-year-old starter Bryce Elder. The right-hander did not allow a run during his last outing, so the Reds hitters will be tested early. Elder did issue three free passes in six inning of work against the St. Louis Cardinals, so the Cincinnati lineup will need to be patient.

Cincinnati Reds starting lineup

As has been the case all season, second baseman Jonathan India will lead things off for the 4-4 Cincinnati Reds. He'll be followed by the electric TJ Friedl and Sunday's hero Jake Fraley. Tyler Stephenson will be doing the catching and batting fourth while Wil Myers will be the team's DH in tonight's contest.

With Joey Votto still out of the lineup, Jason Vosler gets the call at first base. He'll be followed by third baseman Spencer Steer, left fielder Will Benson, and shortstop Jose Barrero. The Reds are hopeful that the bats in the bottom-third of the order start warming up soon.

Which Cincinnati Reds player needs to bounce back in tonight's game?

If you're looking for a player to bounce back after a poor performance, how about Spencer Steer? The Cincinnati Reds third baseman was 0-for-3 on Sunday after noon in Philadelphia, and his batting average has dipped to .222 through the first eight games of the season.

Steer was 2-for-11 during the Reds series against the Phillies, but one of those two hits was a round tripper. Steer is still trying to learn the ropes, but with Nick Senzel on his way back, it'll be interesting to see how David Bell handles things defensively at third base going forward.

Which Cincinnati Reds player will be the X-factor in tonight's game?

With the right-handed Bryce Elder on the mound for the Atlanta Braves tonight, Jason Vosler could be the X-factor for the Cincinnati Reds. Vosler has drawn the lion's share of starts at first base since Joey Votto began the season on the IL and has shown incredible power.

For the season, Vosler has six hits and all of them have gone for extra bases. The former San Francisco Giants infielder has three home runs, two doubles, and a triple. Will Vosler's power be the difference in tonight's game against the Atlanta Braves.

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