Cincinnati Reds probable pitchers & starting lineup vs. Atlanta Braves, April 11
Probable starting pitchers
Last night's results were unfortunate. Especially after watching starter Graham Ashcraft spin a gem into the seventh inning. But the Cincinnati Reds bullpen let the team down once again as Derek Law surrendered a walk-off home run in extra innings. The Reds fell by the final score of 5-4.
Luis Cessa will look to get the Reds back on track in Tuesday night's tilt against the Atlanta Braves. The reliever turned starter will be going to the hill tonight for Cincinnati after pitching quite well in his first start of the year. Cessa went 5.1 innings and allowed just two runs on four hits.
Kyle Wright will get the ball for the Atlanta Braves tonight. After beginning the season on the IL, Wright makes his 2023 debut tonight in front of the home crowd. The 27-year-old is 23-13 in his career and owns a 4.13 ERA.
Cincinnati Reds starting lineup
David Bell's lineup is going to look eerily familiar, which is mildly surprising, right? Jonathan India, TJ Friedl, and Jake Fraley will lead things off. They're followed by the trio of Tyler Stephenson, Wil Myers, and Jason Vosler.
The bottom of the batting order will get a small makeover on Tuesday night. With Stephenson handling DH duty against Kyle Wright, Curt Casali will slide in behind the dish. He'll bat behind third baseman Spencer Steer, and shortstop Jose Barrero will be back in the No. 9 hole.
Which Cincinnati Reds player needs to bounce back in tonight's game?
The Cincinnati Reds could certainly use a bounce-back performance from Tyler Stephenson tonight. The team's best hitter was 0-for-5 on Monday night and went down swinging twice while leaving five men stranded.
Stephenson has been routinely occupying the cleanup spot in the Reds batting order, and one has to wonder if that will still be the case once Joey Votto returns from his rehab assignment. The Reds top three hitters in the lineup (Jonathan India, TJ Friedl, and Jake Fraley) have been getting on and getting over. It's up to Stephenson to get 'em in.
Which Cincinnati Reds player will be the X-factor in tonight's game?
When scanning the lineup for an X-factor, how about we target Jose Barrero. The Cincinnati Reds shortstop, who struggled mightily at the plate last season, has looked more and more comfortable as the season has progressed.
Last night, Barrero actually had two base knocks and scored a run. If Reds manager David Bell can get some production from the bottom of the batting order, it'll take some pressure off the trio of Jonathan India, TJ Friedl, and Jake Fraley. All four of Barrero's hits have been singles thus far; the Reds need him to go for extra bases tonight.