The Cincinnati Reds (25-26) will host the Chicago White Sox (33-17) for a 3-game series starting tonight at 7:10pm ET at Great American Ballpark. The White Sox have the best record in the American League and just clinched a playoff spot yesterday. Chicago will be sending rookie Jonathan Stiever to the mound, making just his second big league appearance.

Starting Lineups

Chicago White Sox

Cincinnati Reds

Nick Madrigal – 2B Shogo Akiyama – LF
Yasmani Grandal – C Nick Castellanos – RF
Jose Abreu – 1B Joey Votto – 1B
Eloy Jimenez – LF Eugenio Suárez – 3B
Edwin Encarnacion – DH Mike Moustakas – 2B
Yoan Moncada – 3B Jesse Winker – DH
Luis Robert – CF Brian Goodwin – CF
Nomar Mazara – RF Jose Garcia – SS
Yolmer Sanchez – SS Tucker Barnhart – C
Jonathan Stiever – SP Tyler Mahle – SP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Tyler Mahle 39.2 4.31 1.13 10.2% 28.9%
Jonathan Stiever 3.2 2.45 1.09 14.3% 21.4%
Links: Tyler Mahle’s Stats | Jonathan Stiever’s Stats

Tyler Mahle

Both the Reds and Tyler Mahle would like to see a rebound to the guy who made the starts on August 28th, September 2nd, and September 8th tonight instead of the one who didn’t make it out of the 3rd inning the last time he took the mound and struggled to throw strikes as he walked four batters in 2.2 innings.

Pitch Usage in 2020

4-Seam Cutter Slider Split Curve
Velo 94.1 87.3 85.6 87.8 80.5
Usage 55% 27% 7% 11% 1%

Jonathan Stiever

The Chicago White Sox are sending out Jonathan Stiever for only his second career appearance. The 23-year-old allowed a run in 3.2 innings last week against the Detroit Tigers. Prior to that his highest level of experience was in Advanced-A in 2019 where he made 12 starts with a 2.15 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 71.0 innings. He began the year as the White Sox #6 prospect according to Baseball America.

Pitch Usage in 2020

With just 3.2 innings, this isn’t too useful when looking at the usage rates.

4-Seam Change Slider Curve
Velo 92.8 79.9 83.9 75.5
Usage 66% 11% 16% 7%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
  • Watch: Fox Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 61°, sunny, 0% chance of rain

NL Central Standings

Team Wins Losses GB
Cubs 30 20
Reds 25 26 5.5
Cardinals 22 24 6.0
Brewers 23 26 6.5
Pittsburgh 15 34 14.5

News and Notes

Trevor Bauer to start on Saturday, Michael Lorenzen Sunday

The Cincinnati Reds began today without announcing any of their rotation for this series. But we now know that Tyler Mahle’s pitching tonight and that Trevor Bauer will face off against Dallas Keuchel on Saturday in a match up of two of the best starters in Major League Baseball in 2020. Michael Lorenzen, who allowed just one run in 5.0 innings with no walks and six strikeouts in his only start of the season this past week, will start on Sunday.

Roster moves

The Reds have activated Eugenio Suárez today. The corresponding roster move was to option reliever RJ Alaniz back to the alternate roster at Prasco Park. They also announced that outfielder Nick Williams cleared waivers and was outrighted to Prasco Park’s alternate roster.

Updated Playoff Odds

Fangraphs has the Cincinnati Reds playoff odds up to 54.5%% after all of the games on Thursday, with several working out in the Reds favor. Baseball Reference has the Reds playoff odds at 49.3%.