The first place Cincinnati Reds will go for the series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon at Great American Ballpark. The Reds scored two touchdowns on Tuesday night, with Tyler Naquin rushing for a touchdown and kicking an extra point all on his own (he homered twice and drove in seven, actually).
|Kevin Newman – 2B||Tyler Naquin – LF|
|Wilmer Difo – 3B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Colin Moran – 1B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Evan Phillips – LF||Mike Moustakas – 3B|
|Erik González – SS||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Gregory Polanco – RF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Dustin Fowler – CF||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Michael Perez – C||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Chad Kuhl – SP||Luis Castillo– SP|
Stats are from 2020.
|Links: Luis Castillo’s Stats | Chad Kuhl’s Stats
Opening Day went as poorly for Luis Castillo as you could imagine while also staying healthy. The Cardinals put up a 6-spot in the 1st inning and never looked back. For just the second time in his career, Castillo failed to record a strikeout. He’ll be looking to return to form against the Pirates this afternoon.
Pitch usage from 2020
Left-handed hitters have beaten up on Chad Kuhl quite a bit more than right-handed hitters have in his career. Lefties had an .852 OPS against him, while righties are at .709 against him. He’s historically pitched better on the road than he has at home, with an ERA 0.40 lower on the road thanks for a better walk and strikeout rate when he’s not pitching in Pittsburgh.
Pitch Usage in 2020
When and Where
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati.
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 75°, cloudy, 1% chance of rain
News and Notes
A day off for Eugenio Suárez
Kyle Farmer is getting the start at shortstop today for the Reds, giving Eugenio Suárez his first off day this season. With Luis Castillo on the mound, one of the best ground ball pitchers in the league, this makes some sense.
Jesse Winker hopefully ready by Friday
Left fielder Jesse Winker has been dealing with a stomach bug that wiped him out according to manager David Bell. He’ll do some pre-game activities today and could be available today off of the bench. Bell hopes he’s ready to start by Friday.
Early season overreactions
Redleg Nation Radio’s Chad Dotson wrote about the start of the season for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday over at Cincinnati Magazine. He notes how early season leads to overreactions in one direction or the other depending on how a fans team is playing at the time. But as he noted:
Oh, what the hell, overreact if you want. Baseball is back, and the Reds beat up on that team from St. Louis. This was a fun weekend of baseball, and you should enjoy it. I know I did.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs