Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs – October 1, 2022

The Cincinnati Reds (60-97) are taking part in October baseball. It’s a struggle of the left-handers this afternoon, as rookie Nick Lodolo tries to snap the Reds’ 4 sport dropping streak towards veteran Drew Smyly and the pink-sizzling Chicago Cubs (71-86), who’re 9-1 of their remaining ten video games and recently have a 5 sport profitable streak.


  • When: 2:20 p.m. ET
  • Where: Wrigley Field
  • Forecast: 67 levels and most commonly sunny
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB Network
  • Radio: 700 WLW


Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs

2B Jonathan India C Willson Contreras
3B Spencer Steer RF Seiya Suzuki
DH Kyle Farmer LF Ian Happ
1B Donovan Solano 3B Patrick Wisdom
CF Stuart Fairchild SS Nico Hoerner
RF Aristides Aquino DH Franmil Reyes
LF Matt Reynolds 1B David Bote
SS Jose Barrero CF Nelson Velazquez
C Austin Romine 2B Christopher Morel

Aristides Aquino has 3 house runs and 5 RBI in 11 at-bats towards Smyly.

Starting Pitchers

Nick Lodolo 98.1 3.75 3.95 3.86 3.34 1.24 30.1% 8.1%
Drew Smyly 103.1 3.48 4.09 4.31 4.23 1.19 20.5% 6.0%


As the 7th total pick out within the 2019 draft, it used to be assumed that Lodolo could be excellent when he were given the decision to the key leagues. And in his rookie season in 2022, he’s delivered on that expectation. He’s been a brilliant spot in an differently horrible season for the Reds. In his most up-to-date get started remaining Sunday towards the Brewers, he gave up one run on 4 hits with six strikeouts in six innings. The six strikeouts had been a low overall for him not too long ago, as he’s had two 11-strikeout video games and a 9-strikeout sport in September.

Lodolo has 126 strikeouts in simply 98.1 innings and his whiff fee is 82 %. That lengthy sweeping curve ball of his is a factor of good looks and it’s fooling a large number of hitters presently.

Lodolo has confronted the Cubs one different time this season, on August 11 at Great American Ball Park. He gave up 4 runs on seven hits and walked 4 whilst hanging out six in simply 4.2 innings.


Excluding the 2020 shortened season, should you glance simply at ERA, this season has been the most efficient Smyly has pitched since early in his profession when he used to be with the Detroit Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays, However, taking a look nearer at his splits, he’s simply having a fantastic 2d part of the season. In the month of August, Smyly gave up best 3 runs on 22 hits in 30.0 innings. He’s persevered the exceptional pitching perfomances in September, minus one get started towards the Cardinals the place he gave up seven runs in 2.1 innings. Overall for the second one part, he’s pitched to a 2.82 ERA with 50 strikeouts and a .211 batting moderate towards in 54.1 innings. That’s a stark distinction from his 4.22 ERA within the first part of the season.

Smyly hasn’t been hanging out a large number of batters this season, simply 89 in 103.1 innings, and his BABIP isn’t abnormally prime at .272. Hes’s simply now not strolling batters and now not giving up house runs. Smyly is forcing a large number of floor balls: just about 42 % of the balls in play are floor balls. Smyly additionally doesn’t stroll many batters. His BB% in 2022 is 6.0%, and whilst that’s the bottom fee of his profession, it’s indicative of the kind of pitcher he’s. He’s by no means had a share upper than 10.7% throughout his ten years within the primary leagues.

News and Notes

I’ve were given no information and notes of significance for the Reds, so please experience this clip of the Seattle Mariners clinching a playoff spot for the primary time in 21 years. It takes me again to that evening on September 28, 2010 once I watched Jay Bruce clinch a protracted-awaited postseason berth for the Reds. That reminiscence nonetheless lives with me, simply as this reminiscence will reside with Mariners enthusiasts the remainder of their lives.

And congratulations to Luis Castillo, Eugenio Suárez, and Jesse Winker. I’m all aboard the Seattle bandwagon for the MLB playoffs.


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