Within the National League, the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds are currently engaged in a competitive struggle to secure the final wild card position. Both teams are currently positioned 1.5 games below the Diamondbacks, who currently occupy the worst spot in the standings, as they approach this three-game series.
Long overdue, Brandom Williamson is enjoying the best stretch of his rookie year. The left-hander’s season-high ground-ball rate of 43.4% was achieved in August, and it has increased every month this year. As a result, his batting average forecast has plummeted, dropping below.250 for the second consecutive month.
Although Williamson’s season statistics may not look impressive, it is challenging to definitively assert that his performance on the mound has been as abysmal as indicated. Despite the projected ERA of 4.93, there is no certainty that he will see regression given his recent performance over the past two months.
The Reds’ offense is still struggling. Cincinnati’s 76 wRC+ over the last two weeks ranks third-worst in baseball, and the team’s injury woes are only getting worse. They’re only hitting.218 as a team because they’ve struck out in 28.2% of their plate appearances.
For the Giants, who are in the midst of a terrible month, Alex Cobb will start this game. With 33 hits against him in only 26 1/3 innings, his August ERA was 6.84 in five starts. Cobb has been heading in the direction of a beating for some time.
Cobb has had a little lower ground ball rate all year, but this is due to an increase in hard-hit balls and barrels and a decrease in swings and misses. Given the supposed horrible luck he endured last season, his current ERA of less than five runs is a minor miracle.
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Cincinnati Reds vs San Francisco Giants Game Information
- Date: 08/29/2023
- Time: 09:45 PM ET
- Location: Oracle Park.
- How to Watch Reds vs Giants: MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV