Cincinnati Reds probable pitchers & starting lineup vs. Chicago White Sox, May 6
Probable starting pitchers
The Cincinnati Reds will sent left-hander Nick Lodolo to the hill today. Lodolo has had some rough outings over the past couple of weeks, so manager David Bell is hoping for a better showing from his starter today.
Lodolo is 2-1 on the season, but is carrying a weighty 6.16 ERA. The strikeouts are there, 44 in 33.2 innings pitched, but the southpaw has been grooving some fastballs of late and has given up 17 earned runs in his last three starts.
Former Cleveland Guardians pitcher Mike Clevinger will be the starter for the Chicago White Sox this afternoon. The right-hander is 2-2 in six starts with a 4.60 ERA and 26 strikeouts to 15 walks.
Cincinnati Reds starting lineup
Jonathan India, who went deep last night, will bat leadoff and be followed by TJ Friedl and Spencer Steer. Tyler Stephenson is once again batting cleanup and will be followed by Jake Fraley.
Nick Senzel is back at the hot corner tonight and batting sixth.. Wil Myers is back and playing right field. He'll be followed by shortstop Jsoe Barrero and catcher Curt Casali.
Which Cincinnati Reds player needs to bounce back in tonight's game?
The Cincinnati Reds need more out of Tyler Stephenson. The backstop was 1-for-4 yesterday but went down on strikes three times. Stephenson's lone hit was a ground ball single in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Stephenson needs to tap into his power or be dropped in the batting order. Having Stephenson, who's slugging just .318, is not the type of cleanup hitter that David Bell needs in the lineup.
Which Cincinnati Reds player will be the X-factor in tonight's game?
Jonathan India broke out in a big way last night with a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth inning. That was India's second round tripper of the season. As the weather begins to warm, balls may begin to take flight at Great American Ball Park.
India is a tone-setter and the Reds need him to be just that on a nightly basis. Jonathan India could be an X-factor every time he steps onto the diamond, but the Reds will need his leadership today if they hope to avoid losing three straight.