Cincinnati Reds probable pitchers & starting lineup vs. Texas Rangers, April 24

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Nick Lodolo
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Nick Lodolo / Dylan Buell/GettyImages
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Probable starting pitchers

After a brutal four-game trip to the Steel City saw the Pittsburgh Pirates sweep the Cincinnati Reds last week, things don't get much easier for David Bell's crew upon their return to Great American Ball Park. The AL West Division-leading Texas Rangers will pay the Reds a visit over the next three days.

The Reds will send Nick Lodolo to the bump on Monday. The left-hander did not have his best stuff during his previous outing going just 4.2 innings and allowing eight runs on 12 hits to the Tampa Bay Rays last Tuesday night in Cincnnati.

On the hill for the Texas Rangers will be former Boston Red Sox hurler Nathan Eovaldi. The right-hander is 2-2 on the season with a 5.40 ERA. Eovaldi's last two starts were against the Kansas City Royals and the 33-year-old allowed eight runs on 17 base knocks.

Cincinnati Reds starting lineup

Jonathan India is leading things off for the Cincinnati Reds tonight. He'll be followed by TJ Friedl, Spencer Steer, and Tyler Stephenson. Jake Fraley, who really needs to get off the schneid, is batting fifth.

Batting sixth is first baseman Wil Myers. He'll be followed by newcomer Henry Ramos. The Reds selected Ramos' contract earlier today and designated Jason Vosler for assignment. Nick Senzel and Jose Barrero round out the bottom of David Bell's lineup card.

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

Jonathan India went hitless in yesterday's game versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now India has arguably been the most consistent performer for the Cincinnati Reds this season, but with the rest of the lineup struggling, the team cannot afford to see their best hitter fail to record a hit.

India has been mired in the same slump of the rest of his teammates. Over the past seven games, India is just 5-for-25 with six punch outs. Nathan Eovaldi has issued just one walk in his previous two starts, so the Reds will need to be aggressive in the batters' box.

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

Nick Lodolo will need to be the X-factor in tonight's game versus the Texas Rangers. The Cincinnati Reds finally got a quality start from Hunter Greene on Sunday and will need the same from Lodolo on Monday night.

After a poor performance his last time out, you know that Lodolo will be looking to redeem himself. With the Reds having been ice-cold for the better part of a week, Cincinnati will need six-plus innings from Nick Lodolo tonight.

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