The Cincinnati Reds needed 12 innings to pick up the win last night, but they got it done. At 3:10pm ET this afternoon they will go for the series split after a rough start on the road against the Colorado Rockies.
|Nick Senzel – 3B||Raimel Tapia – LF|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Connor Joe – 1B|
|Tyler Naquin – CF||Trevor Story – SS|
|Eugenio Suárez – SS||Ryan McMahon – 2B|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Garrett Hampson – CF|
|Shogo Akiyama – LF||Josh Fuentes – 3B|
|Kyle Farmer – 1B||Yonathan Daza – RF|
|Jonathan India– 2B||Dom Nuñez – C|
|Jeff Hoffman – SP||Antonio Senzatela – SP|
After spending give years pitching for Colorado, Jeff Hoffman will face off against his former team with the hopes of getting a series split. He’s been roughly league average through seven starts, posting a 4.70 ERA (97 ERA+) in 30.2 innings with 30 hits, 15 walks, and he’s struck out 27.
For Hoffman, he’ll be looking to rebound as he has struggled the last three times out and hasn’t reached the 5th inning during any of his starts in that span. Hoffman has held both lefties and righties to a .782 OPS this season. He’s gone about it very differently, though – lefties have 10 walks and just 9 strikeouts against him, but they aren’t hitting for much power. Righties have just 5 walks and have struck out 18 times against him in fewer plate appearances, but they’ve shown more power against him.
Pitch usage from 2021
After a strong season in 2021 over 12 starts with the Rockies where he posted a 3.44 ERA, Senzatela has struggled this year as he’s posted a 5.97 ERA (77 ERA+). He doesn’t miss bats, but he doesn’t walk many hitters (11 walks and 22 strikeouts in 34.2 innings). He’s a high ground ball rate pitcher, but has had a high home run rate.
Both righties and lefties are hitting over .300 against him. Righties have posted a .302/.357/.556 line against him in 71 plate appearances. Lefties are sitting at .301/.356/.470 against him but with 6 walks and just 8 strikeouts in 90 plate appearances.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 3:10pm ET
- Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 63°, Scatted Thunderstorms, 55% chance of rain
News and Notes
Amir Garrett is back, Winker gets a day off
The suspension is over for Amir Garrett and he’s available today in the Reds bullpen. Jesse Winker is just getting a day off today.
Nick Castellanos gets the best advice from a fan in Colorado
Castellanos found a way to slander Manfred without getting fined LMAO pic.twitter.com/c2wrt8mheK
— alex (@alexndr_92) May 16, 2021
The Farm System is rolling in starting pitching
Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com this morning I took a look at some of the performances from yesterday’s games, but also noticed just how good the starting pitching as been in the minors. Every single starting rotation for the Reds four farm teams has an ERA under 3.00. Go give it a read and check out all kinds of fun notes from around the system.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs