The 1st place Cincinnati Reds will look to do more of the same thing this afternoon as they did last night when they dropped 10 runs on Cleveland in a win in the series opener. They’ll turn to Sonny Gray in this one as the right-handed pitcher makes his 2021 debut at 4:10pm ET.
|Amed Rosario – CF||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Cesar Hernandez – 2B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Jose Ramirez – 3B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Eddie Rosario – LF||Eugenio Suárez – SS|
|Franmil Reyes – RF||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Josh Naylor – 1B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Andres Gimenez – SS||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Austin Hedges – C||Kyle Farmer – 3B|
|Triston McKenzie – SP||Sonny Gray – SP|
After missing the first two-and-a-half weeks of the season, Sonny Gray returns to the mound after back spasms cut off his spring training. The right-handed pitcher has made a rehab start with the alternate site team in Louisville, and on the road trip threw a simulated game at Chase Field when the team was in Arizona. He says he’s ready to go.
Pitch usage from 2020
23-year-old Triston McKenzie has pitched in 10 games for Cleveland between 2020 and 2021 with an ERA of 3.51 in 41.0 innings. He’s made seven starts and three relief appearances – including one this season. He came out of the bullpen on April 5th against Kansas City and threw 3.2 innings and then on Monday he started against the White Sox and threw 4.0 innings on 76 pitches. How long Cleveland will let him go this afternoon could come into play, even if he’s having some success.
We’re dealing with a small sample size of just 41.0 innings in the big leagues for McKenzie, but he’s dominated righties – holding them to a .132/.239/.250 line in 88 plate appearances. Lefties have found more success, hitting .231/.286/.477 against him. Neither righties or lefties seem to hit him well, or get on base against him – but lefties crush the ball when they do seem to turn their contact into hits. Eight of the 15 hits against him by lefties in his career have gone for extra-base hits. He’s also pitched much worse on the road – his ERA is literally twice as high, 2.41 at home versus 4.43 on the road, and opponents have a .725 OPS on the road versus just a .468 OPS against him at home.
Pitch Usage in 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 55°, cloudy, 40% chance of rain
News and Notes
Mike Moustakas remains out of the lineup
After being a late scratch to the lineup on Friday night, Mike Moustakas is out of the lineup once again this afternoon. Last night it was stated that he was out because of a non-COVID related illness. Though he is not in the starting lineup, manager David Bell said that he would be available off of the bench today.
Cam Bedrosian designated for assignment
Needing a roster spot for Sonny Gray, someone was going to be moved off of the roster this afternoon. That player was Cam Bedrosian. The reliever has an ERA of 11.12 through two-and-a-half weeks with the team. He’s been designated for assignment, which also clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the organization.
NL Central Standings
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