The Cincinnati Reds will look to bounce back this afternoon at PNC Park and pick up a series win against the Pittsburgh Pirates after losing on Tuesday night.
|Nick Senzel – 2B||Ka’ai Tom – LF|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Kevin Newman – SS|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Phillip Evans – 1B|
|Mike Moustakas – 1B||Gregory Polanco – RF|
|Tyler Naquin – CF||Erik González – 3B|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Wilmer Difo – 2B|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Ben Gamel – CF|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Michael Perez – C|
|Sonny Gray – SP||Trevor Cahill – SP|
Coming off of his best start of the year, Sonny Gray will look to keep things going. Against the White Sox last week he threw 7.0 shutout innings and struck out eight batters (and he fanned 11 in the start before that). That performance dropped his ERA to 3.92 in 20.2 innings with 10 walks and 31 strikeouts.
Gray missed the first two weeks of the season, so he’s only made four starts so far this season. That means that everything is a small sample size here. With that said, he’s dominated left-handed hitters so far, holding them to a .167/.271/.310 line with six walks and 18 strikeouts. He’s struggled against right-handed hitters, though, who had hit .297/.381/.541 against him with four walks and 13 strikeouts.
Pitch usage from 2021
It’s been a tough start to the year for Trevor Cahill who is 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in 29.1 innings through six starts. He’s walked just nine batters and he’s struck out 26 while just giving up three homers, but he’s also been tagged for 37 hits, too.
Left-handed hitters have had their way with Cahill this season, hitting .370/.414/.574 with 4 walks and 11 strikeouts in 58 plate appearances. On the flip side he’s had his way against right-handed hitters who have hit just .262/.301/.323 with 5 walks and and 15 strikeouts in 74 plate appearances.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 57°, cloudy, 3% chance of rain
News and Notes
Wade Miley and Luis Castillo get new rotation spots
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Wade Miley and Luis Castillo are slipping spots in the rotation this week. Miley will now pitch on Friday in Colorado, giving him an extra day of rest following his no-hitter. Luis Castillo will pitch on Thursday against the Rockies.
Hunter Greene has another strong start
Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com we looked back at Hunter Greene’s start for Double-A Chattanooga last night where he picked up seven more strikeouts to push his league leading total to 15 through two starts. The righty topped out at 103 MPH, but that wasn’t the most impressive thing he was doing on Tuesday night in Montgomery.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs