The San Francisco Giants have come to Cincinnati and looked every bit of the team with the best record in the National League so far. The Reds will look to pick up a win this afternoon against their former ace in an afternoon contest that’s exclusively being broadcast on Youtube.com/MLB.
San Francisco Giants
|Mike Yastrzemski – RF||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Darin Ruf – 1B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Brandon Crawford – SS||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Evan Longoria – 3B||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Alex Dickerson – LF||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Mauricio Dubón – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Steven Duggar – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Curt Casali – C||Alex Blandino – 1B|
|Johnny Cueto – SP||Tyler Mahle – SP|
It’s been a good year for Tyler Mahle as he’s built on his breakout in 2020. This season he’s posted a 2.93 ERA in 43.0 innings with 15 walks and 52 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP.
In 2021 Mahle has had reverse splits. Lefties are hitting just .160/.269/.272 against him with 11 walks and 30 strikeouts in 93 plate appearances. Right-handed hitters are finding plenty of success against him as they are hitting .276/.321/.553 against him with 10 extra-base hits in 83 plate appearances. The sample size is small, but he’s also pitched much worse at home – 4.32 ERA with 5 homers allowed in 16.2 innings this season.
Pitch usage from 2021
After some struggles in the last two seasons where his ERA was over 5.00 in both years, Johnny Cueto is pitching well. In his five starts he’s posted a 3.62 ERA in 27.1 innings with five walks and 22 strikeouts.
Both lefties and righties have a .732 OPS against Cueto this year with an identical .309 on-base percentage and .423 slugging percentage. He’s struggled a bit in his two road starts, which were his first one and his last one. Hitters have hit .350/.395/.475 against him on the road this year with five doubles and his ERA is 4.50 across those two starts.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Youtube.com/mlb
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 79°, Sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Mike Moustakas to the injured list
Prior to the game this afternoon the Reds placed Mike Moustakas on the 10-day injured list. They called up Max Schrock to take his place.
Nick Lodolo struck out 11 batters last night
It was a losing effort for all 5 teams in the organization on Wednesday, but not all was terrible. Nick Lodolo set a career high in innings and strikeouts as he fanned 11 in 7.1 1-hit innings for Double-A Chattanooga.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs