A home run barrage by Eugenio Suárez on Saturday night led to the Cincinnati Reds (18-22) beating the Pittsburgh Pirates (12-26). The two teams will play the final game of a 4-game set this afternoon at 1:35pm ET, with the Reds hoping to win the series behind Tejay Antone. The Pirates will be looking to split the series with Chad Kuhl on the mound.
|Joey Votto – DH||Erik Gonzalez – SS|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Adam Frazier – 2B|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Bryan Reynolds – LF|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Colin Moran – 1B|
|Mike Moustakas – 1B||Gregory Polanco – RF|
|Brian Goodwin – CF||Josh Bell – DH|
|Freddy Galvis – 2B||Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Cole Tucker – CF|
|Curt Casali – C||John Ryan Murphy – C|
|Tejay Antone – SP||Chad Kuhl – SP|
The Reds lineup is balanced today when it comes to righties and lefties. There are four lefties, four righties, and a switch hitter (who will be hitting left handed at least to begin the game). Joey Votto is 7-13 with a home run against Chad Kuhl
|Links: Tejay Antone’s Stats | Chad Kuhl’s Stats
Making the spot start today, Tejay Antone will look to continue what he’s been doing all year for the Reds – picking up tons of strikeouts and ground balls.
It’s the lefties that have gotten to Tejay Antone a little bit this season. They walk more, make more contact, and have hit for a bit more power. Of course, the sample size is fairly small for everything here, too.
Pitch Usage in 2020
During the 2020 season Chad Kuhl has walked a fine line where he’s walked more batters than the league average, struck out less batters than the league average, and has a high rate of home runs per fly ball while being a fly ball pitcher – but has kept runs off of the board. He’s stranded 90.2% of base runners this year – the league average is 72%.
Neither righties or lefties have picked up many hits against Kuhl this year, but lefties have hit for significantly more power and drawn a few more walks. Historically lefties have had a big advantage against him.
Pitch Usage in 2020
When and Where
- Game time: 1:35pm ET
- Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
- Watch: Fox Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 76°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
NL Central Standings
News and Notes
Updating the rotation
We learned the other day that the Reds would be giving Sonny Gray additional time before his next start. He would normally have pitched today on regular rest, but David Bell said he was going to pitch in the Cubs series instead. That holds true, but they are giving him the start on Thursday. That will give him nine full days between his start on September 1st where he didn’t make it out of the 1st inning and his start on the 10th against the Cubs.
#Reds rotation against Cubs: Mahle, Bauer, Gray
— C. ???????????? (@ctrent) September 6, 2020
It’s all about the hair
In Eugenio Suarez’s first 79 AB (pre dying hair) his slash line was: .123/.278/.246 for a .525 OPS
In the next 77 AB (post dying hair) he has slashed .289/.364/.913 for an OPS of 1.277 including 10 HR and 21 RBI @dougdirt24 @dotsonc @KB_48
— Sean Donahue (@Sean_Donahue22) September 6, 2020
Updated Playoff Odds
After the win last night the Cincinnati Reds playoff odds improved. Fangraphs projects the Reds to finish 29-31 and gives them a 39.2% chance of making the playoffs. That’s only up 1% from yesterday. Baseball Reference gives the Reds a 21.6% chance of making the playoffs.