The Cincinnati Reds (19-21) will try to end their two-game losing skid tonight at 6:40 PM against the San Fransisco Giants (26-16). Tonight will be an uphill battle for the Reds. The Giants now have the best record in baseball, and their starting pitcher tonight has a 1.84 ERA. The Reds will have to win both of the final two games against the Giants to keep their current streak of six consecutive non-series losses alive.
Wade Miley has had the full big league starting experience during the last road trip. He threw a no-hitter in Cleveland and then gave up 8 earned runs in Denver. The last start skewed his numbers quite a bit, but Miley has been everything the Reds could have hoped for so far in 2021. Miley has a career 3.60 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) against the Giants.
The Reds sure saved Kevin Gasuman‘s career. He had a 6.19 ERA when the Reds claimed him off waivers in August of 2019. Gausman is 15th in the MLB since August 8, 2019 in fWAR (3.5), and his 2.99 ERA and 2.90 FIP ranks 8th and 5th best in the MLB of any pitcher with 135+ IP.
The good news is that Gausman does have a career 11.09 ERA in 4 starts against the Reds. Gausman has also incredibly allowed 1 ER or less in every start this season except for one, April 13th against the Reds: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR.
San Francisco Giants
|Austin Slater – CF||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Buster Posey – C||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Darin Ruf – 1B||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Evan Longoria – 3B||Tyler Stephenson – 1B|
|Mike Yastrzemski – RF||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Donovan Solano – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Mauricio Dubón – SS||Shogo Akiyama – CF|
|Mike Tauchman||Jonathan India– 2B|
|Kevin Gausman – SP||Wade Miley – SP|
Tyler Stephenson and his career .830 OPS gets a start at first base tonight with Moustakas still out. It looks an off day for Tyler Naquin. He currently has a 5 game hit-streak and a .924 OPS over the last 8 games. It’s tough to take his bat out of the lineup, but it’s important to remember that has not played more than 89 games in a season since 2016.
News and Notes
Tony Santillan makes his case
Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com Doug takes a look at the start by Tony Santillan for Triple-A Louisville last night and the case he’s making to be called up to join the Reds rotation. He also looks at the hot start for Alfredo Rodriguez and his case to get the call up to play shortstop, and a pitcher down in Daytona out to a great start to his professional career.
Kevin Gausman’s turnaround began in Cincinnati
Only 1 pitcher in MLB has 2 pitches in the top 12 of Statcast's run values: Kevin Gausman – splitter & 4-seamer
Changes he's made trace back to his time in the Reds' bullpen in 2019. Tonight, he starts in CIN
What's made him so good this year for SF ??https://t.co/Hbm3mgklZc
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) May 19, 2021
Tonight’s match up doesn’t look great on paper for the Reds. Let’s hope the small sample of the Reds being the rare team to hit Gasuman turns into a trend. Go Reds!