The Cincinnati Reds are going for the series sweep this afternoon as they take on Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers at 4:10pm ET to conclude their west coast trip.
Los Angeles Dodgers
|Nick Senzel – CF||Mookie Betts – CF|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Gavin Lux – SS|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Justin Turner – 3B|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Max Muncy – 1B|
|Eugenio Suárez – SS||Chris Taylor – 2B|
|Mike Moustakas – 3B||AJ Pollock – LF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Luke Raley – RF|
|Kyle Farmer – 2B||Austin Barnes – C|
|Sonny Gray – SP||Clayton Kershaw – SP|
It’s only been two starts this season, but coming off of the back spasms, Sonny Gray’s velocity is down this year by about a MPH on his fastball. In both of his starts he’s picked up six strikeouts, but he’s also struggled a little bit with keeping his pitch count low as he only recorded one out in the 5th inning of his first start, and then didn’t get out of the 4th inning in his last start against St. Louis.
Pitch usage from 2021
The best pitcher of his generation, Clayton Kershaw is still out there dominating on the mound. He’s in his 14th season and only twice has his ERA in a season been higher than 3.00. One of those seasons was his rookie year when he was 20-years-old. The other year was in 2019 when it was 3.03. His ERA this year through five starts is 2.56, just a smidge higher than his career mark of 2.44. Kershaw rarely walks hitters, and he’s going
Pitch Usage in 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv, MLB Network
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 79°, Sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Jesse Winker, Jesse Winker, Jesse Winker!
We wrote about how good Jesse Winker has been this season before the game on Tuesday. Then he went out and had another big night. Entering the game he’s hitting .397/.443/.740 – leading the National League in both hits and average. He’s second in the league in WAR (Fangraphs). Oh, and he’s also got a league best 12-game hitting streak.
Appreciating the Rowdy Reds
Chad Dotson penned (he probably just typed it, but who is to say?) a piece over at Cincinnati Magazine this week about the Cincinnati Reds being a team that’s fun to watch, how the team plays hard, and how they play with a chip on their shoulder. Go give it a read.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs