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MLB: New York Mets vs Cincinnati Reds | 13 July, 7:05 AM (PST) 


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

NEW YORK YANKEES: 

C | Kyle Higashioka 

FB | Anthony Rizzo 

SB | DJ LeMahieu 

S | Isaiah Kiner-Falefa 

TB | Josh Donaldson 

LF | Joey Gallo 

CF | Aaron Hicks 

RF | Aaron Judge 

DH | Giancarlo Stanton 

 

CINCINNATI REDS: 

C | Tyler Stephenson 

FB | Joey Votto 

SB | Jonathan India 

S | Kyle Farmer 

TB | Mike Moustakas 

LF | Tommy Pham 

CF | Nick Senzel 

RF | Jake Fraley 

DH | Tyler Naquin 

It’s been a hot minute for the New York Yankees as they finish up their series against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. Now, they’re one more game left before they trot back home and welcome the Cincinnati Reds. Wednesday, 7:05 AM (PST) at the Yankee Stadium in New York City. 

 

The Cincinnati Reds have been dealing with the Tampa Bay Rays at home and have been successful thus far. The Reds have already won two of three games and are expected to even sweep the 11th placers on the board. They’ve been playing pretty consistently this time around, and fans and analysts alike even believe the underdog has a good fighting chance against the Yankees. Being the 5th in NL Central and 28th in the MLB, that’s a good sign for improvement. Graham Ashcraft is most likely to pitch this Wednesday. Ashcraft bears a 4.35 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 49.2 IP, and 29 strikeouts. For batting, Brandon Drury leads the Reds in home runs, batting average, and runs batted in. 

 

The New York Yankees are currently recovering from a loss at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. They’re extra dangerous coming into the series with the Reds as they’ll want to cover up that unpleasantness quickly. Gerrit Cole will be pitching, and as baseball fans know, Cole is a force to be reckoned with, but he has his off days and miscalculations like everyone else. The Yankees tower over all teams right now, and they have been for quite some time. Getting comfy in their position, we just hope they’re not getting complacent. Their recent loss to Boston is partly attributed to Cole being caught off guard by Boston’s Rafael Devers. We are quite certain he has underestimated the very capable offensive Devers, and if other players share that view because they’re on top, then they’re in trouble. 

 

As we conclude, we’ve chosen a side to support for Wednesday’s game. Counterintuitively, we’re not backing up the Yankees. We’ve chosen the Reds as they’ve been playing skillfully, especially with a prospect like Luis Castillo on the team even the Yankees want to snag him. Whether the Yankees will learn from underestimating the Red Sox is up in the air, the Reds have something to prove. To say they’re a mere underdog is an understatement as they are echelons away from the Yankees; making a victory far more interesting and sweet. The Yankees might sell themselves short if they look down on Cincinnati, and Cincinnati has proved to be quite the surprise.  

 

7:05 AM (PST), Wednesday, 13 July 2022. Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY.

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