Here’s how Brian Snitker’s crew will line up:
Reds hurler Sal Romano will face the Braves for the second time in his career. His only other start against Atlanta was last August 18, in which he threw seven strong innings, He allowed one run and struck out three. Accordingly, no one in the Braves’ lineup has more than three plate appearances against him. Freddie Freeman doubled against him in the aforementioned August match-up.
The Braves are eighth in MLB at avoiding strikeouts, so between that and Romano’s 4.87 K/9 rate, there could be a lot of balls in play.
In his fourth game with the Reds, interim manager Jim Riggleman is still looking for his first victory. He will look to get off the schneid with his team in the following order:
Mike Foltynewicz has considerable amounts of success against these Reds, going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA over three starts and striking out 19 in 18.1 innings. Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto have each achieved two hits off of Folty, and Votto has walked four times. As a whole, the team has batted .147/.256/.176 against him, with a Hamilton double as the only extra-base hit.
The weather situation in Cincinnati is still looking bleak, so it remains to be seen whether these lineups will actually get used. If they do, tonight should be a rip-roaring good time.