Back at the .500 mark, the Cincinnati Reds will open up a home stand against the San Francisco Giants tonight at 6:40pm ET. The Giants currently have the best record in the National League and a big part of that is due to a rotation made up of former Reds.
San Francisco Giants
|Mike Tauchman – CF||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Buster Posey – C||Nick Senzel – 3B|
|Mike Yastrzemski – RF||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Darin Ruf – 1B||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Brandon Crawford – SS||Eugenio Suárez – SS|
|Wilmer Flores – 3B||Kyle Farmer – 1B|
|Alex Dickerson – LF||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Mauricio Dubón – 2B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Logan Webb – SP||Sonny Gray – SP|
After a rough start against St. Louis on April 23rd, Sonny Gray has been very good in the three starts that followed, giving up just three earned runs in 17.1 innings with 24 strikeouts to the Dodgers, White Sox, and Pirates.
This season he has dominated left-handed hitters, holding them to a .192/.300/.308 line with 22 strikeouts against them in 60 plate appearances. Right-handed hitters, though, are having plenty of success against Gray. Righties had hit .313/.377/.500 against him in 53 plate appearances this year with 14 strikeouts.
Pitch usage from 2021
In a rotation that’s gotten the job done in a big way, Logan Webb has had more struggles than the others. His ERA sits at 4.74 (81 ERA+) as he’s been hit around a bit. He hasn’t been stingy with the walks, but he has struck out plenty of batters this season and he’s coming off of a 10-strikeout performance against Texas where he allowed just one earned run. When the Reds were in San Francisco in April they faced Webb, but it was only for one inning and came in his only non-start of the year. He threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
The splits on Logan Webb this season are pretty big. He’s dominated right-handed hitters, holding them to a .189/.286/.270 line with 7 walks and 26 strikeouts in 84 plate appearances. Left-handed hitters have crushed him this season to the tune of a .352/.425/.549 line with 9 walks and 17 strikeouts in 80 plate appearances. Lefties make more a lot more contact and they have hit for a lot more power.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 66°, Cloudy, 10% chance of rain
News and Notes
Mike Moustakas remains out of the lineup
With a pitcher who gets crushed by lefties, Mike Moustakas absence in the lineup may be felt tonight. He hasn’t played since he injured his feel in Colorado.
Michael Feliz, who the Reds picked up on waivers over the weekend, has officially been added to the 26-man roster. Reliever Art Warren has been optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Hunter Greene struck out 10 on Sunday
103 MPH fastballs. 93 MPH sliders. 10 strikeouts in 6.0 shutout innings. Hunter Greene was feeling it yesterday for Double-A Chattanooga. His performance helped earn him the Double-A South Pitcher of the Week honors. Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com I wrote in more detail about his start on Sunday, the change he’s made since spring training, and just how dominant he’s been in the early parts of the minor league season.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs