The 1st place Cincinnati Reds go for the sweep this afternoon at Great American Ballpark. It won’t be easy as they face arguably the best pitcher in baseball as Cleveland sends Shane Bieber to the mound to face off against Wade Miley.
|Jordan Luplow – CF||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Cesar Hernandez – 2B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|José Ramírez – 3B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Franmil Reyes – RF||Eugenio Suárez – SS|
|Eddie Rosario – LF||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Amed Rosario – SS||Max Schrock – 2B|
|Roberto Perez – C||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Yu Chang – 1B||Kyle Farmer – 3B|
|Shane Bieber – SP||Wade Miley – SP|
The front runner for National League Cy Young this year, Wade Miley has yet to allow a run in two starts. He’s been credited with the win in both of his starts and allowed just four hits in 11.0 innings while walking two batters and picking up nine strikeouts. While he’s only faced a left-handed hitter eight times this year, not a single one of them has resulted in the batter reaching base.
Since joining up with Derek Johnson in Milwaukee in 2018 and learning the cutter, Miley has thrown 273.1 innings with a 3.49 ERA in 55 starts and two relief appearances. He doesn’t go deep into games, but he’s been a well above-average pitcher when it comes to keeping runs off of the board while he’s in the game. Lefties have hit .197/.285/.310 against him in this span, while righties have hit .259/.325/.394 against him.
Pitch usage from 2021
Starting in 2019 we’ve seen Shane Bieber join the elite level of pitchers in Major League Baseball. In 49 games since the start of 2019 he’s thrown 313.0 innings with a 2.79 ERA, 69 walks, and 416 strikes. He’s picked up the 2020 American League Cy Young Award after posting a 1.63 ERA in 77.1 innings over 12 starts.
In his career he’s dominated against both right-handed hitters and left-handed hitters. Righties have a .632 OPS against him with nearly a 7-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio. Lefties have a slightly better OPS against him with a .691 mark and a 5-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio. If you’re looking for an advantage in the home and road splits, things aren’t looking good as he’s been significantly better on the road in his career with an ERA 1.16 lower when he’s pitching outside of Cleveland.
Pitch Usage in 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 1:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 59°, Mostly sunny, 1% chance of rain
News and Notes
Still no Mike Moustakas
For the third straight day Mike Moustakas is out of the lineup with a non-COVID related illness.
Jay Bruce announces his retirement
Early this morning Jay Bruce announced his retirement. He played in parts of 14 seasons, nine of which came with the Cincinnati Reds. He retires with a .244/.314/.467 line (108 OPS+), 312 doubles, 32 triples, and 319 home runs. One of those home runs is among the most memorable home runs in Reds history.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs