In the span of a week the Cincinnati Reds have gone from first to worst in the National League Central division. They’ve lost six games in a row after a shutout loss to St. Louis on Saturday. There will be a matchup that features the opening day starters for both teams as Luis Castillo and Jack Flaherty face off this afternoon at 2:15pm ET.
St. Louis Cardinals
|Alex Blandino – 3B||Tommy Edman – 2B|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Dylan Carlson – CF|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Paul Goldschmidt – 1B|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Nolan Arenado – 3B|
|Eugenio Suarez – SS||Paul DeJong – SS|
|Nick Senzel – CF||Justin Williams – RF|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Tyler O’Neill – LF|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Andrew Knizner – C|
|Luis Castillo – SP||Jack Flaherty – SP|
The Cardinals beat Luis Castillo around in a bad way on Opening Day. In the three starts since he’s allowed just five earned runs in 16.0 innings (2.81 ERA) with four walks, two home runs, and 16 strikeouts against the Pirates, Giants, and Diamondbacks.
Left-handed hitters have obliterated the baseball this season against Castillo to the tune of .360/.418/.620 through 55 plate appearances. Righties haven’t had much success as they’ve posted a .250/.314/.313 line in 35 plate appearances.
Pitch usage from 2021
Cincinnati touched him up on opening day for six runs in just 4.1 innings, including two home runs. Since then he’s allowed three earned runs in 17.0 innings pitched and hasn’t allowed a homer to Miami or Washington (faced them twice).
Left-handed hitters have found more success against Flaherty than righties have. This year they’ve walked four times with just six strikeouts against him but righties have both homers against him this season, too. Extremely small sample size in 2021, and still a small sample size in 2020 given the shortened season.
Pitch Usage in 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 2:15pm ET
- Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 64°, Sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Prior to the game today the Cincinnati Reds made several roster moves. They placed outfielder Aristides Aquino on the 60-day injured list. That opened up a spot on the 40-man roster for Vladimir Gutierrez, who has now completed his 80-game suspension for a positive test for the PED Stanozolol last year in spring training. He’ll remain with the alternate site club for now. And the team also added outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. to the alternate site roster. We wrote about each of the moves with a little bit more detail if you are interested in checking that out.
Shogo Akiyama’s rehab start gets delayed by rain
Saturday was supposed to be the first game action at the alternate site in Louisville for Reds outfielder Shogo Akiyama as he works his way back from a hamstring injury that he suffered in spring training. Mother Nature wasn’t having much of that plan, though, as the game was rained out.
We’re just going to leave our own tweet here
So to be clear: Ryan Tepera admitted he threw a baseball at another player and will have the same length suspension that Nick Castellanos served for yelling at a guy and having Yadier Molina put his hands on him.
Good job, Michael Hill. https://t.co/bQDJ65YCHk
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) April 25, 2021
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs