Hot-hitting Jonathan India will be looking to extend his 14-game hitting streak as the Cincinnati Reds (51-78) host the Colorado Rockies (56-76) at Great American Ball Park on Friday to open a three-game series. The Rockies are kicking off the final series of their 10-game road trip. They won only one out of three in their last series against the Braves, dropping the finale 3-0 on Thursday at Truist Park. Michael Toglia was 1 for 3 with a double. The Reds are in the midst of a six-game homestand. They lost two of three against the Cardinals in their last series, dropping the finale 5-3 on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park. India went 2 for 4 with one RBI. Aristides Aquino went 3 for 3 with one run.
The Rockies have won all three games this season between the teams, including a 10-1 victory in their most recent meeting on May 1 at Coors Field. Kyle Freeland went seven innings for the win, allowing one run on four hits.
ON THE MOUND
Freeland (7-9, 4.88 ERA) is slated to start for Colorado. The LHP allowed two runs over five innings in his last start, a 3-0 road defeat against the Mets on Saturday. He took the loss, scattering four hits while striking out two and walking one. Freeland has made one previous start against the Reds this season, a 10-1 home victory on May 1. He surrendered one run on four hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking one. Righty Luis Cessa (3-2, 5.36 ERA) takes the mound for Cincinnati. He has made two appearances against the Rockies this season, both in relief, giving up one run over two innings (0-0, 4.50) with three strikeouts and one walk. In his last start on Saturday, Cessa took a no-decision on the road against the Nationals. He threw four innings and gave up one run on four hits, striking out one, in the 6-2 win.
AT THE PLATE
The Colorado offense is averaging 4.4 runs per game for the season, with a slash line of .260/.319/.399. C.J. Cron leads the team in OPS at .809. The first baseman is slashing .272/.323/.486 with 24 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 67 runs over 125 games. Over the last five games, though, Colorado has averaged only 1.2 runs a game while performing worse across the board (.188/.216/.242). Against righties like Cessa this season, the Rockies have a .693 OPS. Cron also is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a .861 OPS in 333 at-bats. Cincinnati is slashing .242/.309/.379 for the season and averaging 4.2 runs per game. Kyle Farmer leads the team with a .712 OPS. The third baseman has eight home runs, 59 RBIs, and 48 runs scored with a slash line of .266/.331/.381. The Reds have a .711 OPS against lefties in 2022. With a .921 OPS over 118 at-bats, Farmer also has been their best hitter against left-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Colorado is 20-44 away from Coors Field in 2022, scoring 3.0 runs per game while allowing 5.1 runs. Cincinnati has gone 27-38 at their home park this season, averaging 4.9 runs per game while surrendering 5.3. Cincinnati is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings at Great American Ball Park with an average scoreline of 5.5-5.1.
The Rockies are fifth in the NL West, 35 games behind the division-leading Dodgers. The Reds are fourth in the NL Central, 24 games behind the Cardinals.
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