Cincinnati Reds probable pitchers & starting lineup vs. Miami Marlins, May 13
Probable starting pitchers
Another game, and another comeback victory from David Bell's squad. The Cincinnati Reds somehow overcame some poor fielding and other mistakes in Friday's game against the Miami Marlins and came out on top.
Today will not be a Dolo Day. Nick Lodolo was scratched from today's start and sent back to Cincinnati. Instead, Derek Law will start his second game in a week as the team's opener. It worked out pretty well on Wednesday when the Reds were able to shut out the New York Mets during their series finale.
Opposing Law will be last year's Cy Young Award-winner, Sandy Alcantara. The right-hander is off to a so-so start in 2023 with a 1-3 record and 4.53 ERA. But Alcantara had over 200 Ks last season, so he's definitely capable of racking up the strikeouts and going deep into ball games.
Cincinnati Reds starting lineup
TJ Friedl is still out of the starting lineup. Jonathan India will lead things off agains the Fish in Game 2. He'll be followed by last night's hero Jake Fraley. Batting third and playing first base is Spencer Steer. Tyler Stephenson is batting cleanup and acting as the Cincinnati Reds designated hitter.
Behind Stephenson is Henry Ramos and Stuart Fairchild. Nick Senzel gets the day off and will be replaced by Kevin Newman at third base. Jose Barrero bats eighth and will be at shortstop, leaving Curt Casali behind the plate.
Which Cincinnati Reds player needs to bounce back in today's game?
The Cincinnati Reds will need a bounce back performance from an unsuspecting participant in today's game. Levi Stoudt has been recalled from Triple-A and Kevin Herget was optioned back to the Louisville Bats.
Stoudt was scheduled to pitch for the Bats yesterday, but was instead put on a plane to South Beach. After his MLB debut resulted in a rather disastrous performance against the Tampa Bay Rays, Stoudt will need a steady performance if he hopes to remain in the big leagues.
Which Cincinnati Reds player will be the X-factor in today's game?
Spencer Steer is heating up, folks. It's hard to still think of Steer as a rookie, but that's exactly what he is. The 25-year-old has taken over for the injured Joey Votto at first base and is also occupying the No. 3 spot in the batting order.
Over the past seven games, Steer is slashing .296/.387/.630 with two home runs, five RBIs, and four walks. Steer had been in a bit of a slump after missing some time due to a minor injury. But over the past week, Steer has returned to form and is a force in the middle of the Reds lineup.