TJ Friedl’s contributions to the Cincinnati Reds so far this year have already been valued at 1.0 fWAR, putting him on-pace for a 5+ fWAR season. There’s no specific context to that statement, other than we saw everything that Friedl can bring to the table on display last night - a 3-hit night, a stolen base and his speed causing panic from opponents, and a brilliant sliding catch in CF to get the Reds out of a jam.
That’s all cool, and it helped the Reds come back to defeat San Diego 2-1 on the night. That win sets the stage for today’s rubber match, in which the Reds will have the chance to take a series against the Padres and secure a 4-2 trip to the West Coast, something that’s often been unfathomable in recent Reds history.
They’ll need an improved outing from Luis Cessa to get said victory, however. After a solid first outing of the year, he’s allowed 21 ER in 16.1 IP since, with a .928 OPS allowed in the pair of starts even after getting shelled for 11 ER in just 3.0 IP against the Phillies a few starts back. At least he isn’t up against one of the most potent lineups in the game today, or anything.
I’m hearing he’s up against one of the most potent lineups in the game today after all. Apologies.
First pitch is set for 4:10 PM ET, and the Reds will be up against righty Seth Lugo to begin things.
Going for another series win!— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 3, 2023
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Series Finale #BringTheGold pic.twitter.com/8AiXjZPpKM— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 3, 2023