Monday, April 18, 2016

Lyles, Straily to square off in series opener

Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles hopes for more of an even keel when he faces the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Monday night.
Lyles has started twice and hasn't made it to the fifth inning. The first time he coughed up an early lead and lasted just 3 1/3 in a home loss to the Padres. Lyles had another lead his last time out but couldn't get past 4 2/3 against the Giants.
The Reds juggled their rotation for the series, and will go with righty Dan Straily (0-0, 3.24 ERA in three relief appearances). They're pushing Alfredo Simon (0-1, 12.15) to Tuesday.
Things to know about this game
• The Reds are expecting center fielder Billy Hamilton back in the starting lineup . He missed Saturday to rest his surgically repaired shoulder, and didn't start Sunday because Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was not a good matchiup.
• Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has hit safely in six of his last seven games. His fourth-inning home run Sunday off Jon Lester was his first hit out of the infield in the three-game series with the Cubs. His only other hit was a rare bunt single.
• Since the Reds went 5-1 against the Rockies in 2012, the Rockies are 12-7 in their matchups.

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