Well, this is going to be an interesting game preview today. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds will begin the day at 5:30pm ET by completing the game that started last night. The originally announced start time of 5:10pm ET has been pushed back as it is currently snowing in Cincinnati and the tarp has been placed on the infield.
They will then play their regularly scheduled game. Game two will begin at 6:50pm ET.
Game 1 Information
The Arizona Diamondbacks are leading 5-4 in the top of the 8th inning with the bases loaded and one out. They took the lead in the inning, which is why the game was suspended rather than called – the home team can’t have a game called official if they lost a lead in a game during the inning in which is being played and they have not had a chance to bat.
Of course, the situation that led to Arizona taking the lead wasn’t great. Tejay Antone threw a shutout 7th, but gave up a leadoff homer in the 8th that tied the game up at 4-4. Amir Garrett allowed a walk and a double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd before a line drive to Eugenio Suárez recorded the first out of the inning.
That’s when the controversy began, though. Lucas Sims was brought into the game right as the rain began to pick up, and before he got a chance to throw his first pitch it also began to sleet. Rather than pull the tarp there, the umpires decided to play on as if there weren’t ice pummeling the field. Sims proceeded to hit the first batter to load the bases and then he walked the next batter to put Arizona in front. It was a disaster. Here we are, though, and this is where the game will be picked up.
Lucas Sims was on the mound when the game was suspended. He had not yet faced three batters. But the 3-batter rule does not apply to suspended games. Manager David Bell said that Sims may return to the mound for the game, but he may not. He’s not going to announce that decision yet.
Game 2 Information
Lineups will be added once they are available. Starting pitching previews, news, notes – all of that is available below now.
|Pavin Smith – 1B||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Kole Calhoun – RF||Tyler Naquin – RF|
|Asdrúbal Cabrera – 3B||Eugenio Suárez – SS|
|David Peralta – LF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Eduardo Escobar – 2B||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Stephen Vogt – C||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Nick Ahmed – SS||Kyle Farmer – 3B|
|Nick Heath – CF||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Merrill Kelly – SP||Tyler Mahle – SP|
It’s been a strong start to the season for Tyler Mahle in some regards. He’s posted a 2.57 ERA through his first three starts and picked up 22 strikeouts in 14.0 innings. The only not-so-great part about that statline is that he’s only thrown 14.0 innings in three starts. When he’s been on the mound since the start of 2020 he’s been very good – 3.36 ERA in 13 games and 61.2 innings – he’s just not been able to consistently reach the 6th inning.
This season has been interesting from a splits perspective. We are obviously dealing with a small sample size of just three starts, but right-handed hitters are crushing the ball against him to the tune of a .911 OPS. Left-handed hitters, however, are 1-25 against him with four walks. The only hit was a single. That’s good for a .040 average and a .212 OPS against Mahle from lefties.
Pitch usage from 2021
Unlike Tyler Mahle, Merrill Kelly has struggled this season. He’s allowed 15 earned runs in 16.0 innings pitched in his three starts this season. His strikeout rate has plummeted, fanning just 10 batters thus far. When the Reds were in Arizona last week they missed Kelly in the rotation. Tonight will be his 4th start on the road this season.
Small sample size in 2021, but both lefties and righties are hitting him well. Lefties are hitting .313/.324/.563 against him, while righties have a .351/.400/.622 line against him. His velocity is down so far this year when compares to the last two seasons.
Pitch Usage in 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 5:30pm ET (resumed game)
- Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 37°, Mostly cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
Art Warren added as the “extra man” for Game 2
Since the game is technically a part of a double header today, both teams get to add an extra player to their roster for game 2. The Reds chose to call up right-handed pitcher Art Warren to be their 27th player.
Cam Bedrosian elects free agency
Last week the Cincinnati Reds designated Cam Bedrosian for assignment. After he cleared waivers he was outrighted to the Reds alternate site. Rather than accept the assignment he opted to become a free agent this afternoon.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs