Reds probable pitchers & starting lineup vs. Miami Marlins, May 14
Probable starting pitchers
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. The Cincinnati Reds, fresh off a come-from-behind victory on Saturday, will look to sweep the Miami Marlins this afternoon at LoanDepot Park.
Heading to the hill for the ole Redlegs will be right-hander Luke Weaver. The veteran has looked better of late, but has fell victim to the long ball. After an eight-strikeout performance from Weaver against the Texas Rangers on April 25th, Weaver has punched out just five batters over his part two starts.
Braxton Garrett will try to stop the Reds three-game winning streak. The left-hander is 1-2 on the year with an ERA approaching 6.00. Over his last two starts, Garrett has allowed 15 earned runs on 21 hits. The Reds will be looking to pounce early.
Cincinnati Reds starting lineup
TJ Friedl will miss at least one more game, but with a left-hander on the bump, it shouldn't affect David Bell's lineup card too much. Jonathan India will lead things off and be followed by third baseman Nick Senzel. Spencer Steer will bat third and play first base.
Tyler Stephenson will bat cleanup and be followed by centerfielder Stuart Fairchild. Henry Ramos draws the start in left field and Wil Myers will be in right. Kevin Newman gets the start over Jose Barrero at shortstop and Luke Maile will be hanging the signs for Luke Weaver.
Which Cincinnati Reds player needs to bounce back in today's game?
Spencer Steer put up a goose egg in yesterday's game against the Miami Marlins. Steer had been returning to form over the past few games, but an 0-for-4 performance out of your No. 3 hitter isn't ideal.
Steer put the ball in play in three of his four at-bats, and only struck out once. The rookie has been one of the few power bats in the Cincinnati lineup, and with Braxton Miller on the mound for Miami, Steer could have a good day at the plate.
Which Cincinnati Reds player will be the X-factor in today's game?
In his last 15 at-bats, Stuart Fairchild has hit .333/.375/.400. Over the past two games against the Miami Marlins, Fairchild has gone 3-for-8, stole a base, and scored two runs.
Against lefties, Fairchild has a .770 OPS with 10 of his 16 hits coming off southpaws. TJ Friedl being out of the lineup due to injury has opened the door for Stuart Fairchild to prove that he belongs in the big leagues. He'll be hitting behind Tyler Stephenson today and may have a few opportunities to drive in some big runs.