The Cincinnati Reds will wrap up their series with the Washington Nationals today with a quasi doubleheader. Last night’s game was suspended in the middle of the 4th inning by rain and will be resumed at 2:05pm ET with the Nationals holding a 3-0 lead. This game will be a full 9-inning affair. At 7:05pm ET the teams will get back out on the field for the regularly scheduled game that will be a 7-inning contest.
Game 1: 5-3 loss
We’ll have a full recap of both games following the doubleheader. For now – the Reds fell to the Nationals 5-3 in the afternoon resumption of Wednesday’s game. You can check out the box score here.
News and Notes
Roster moves aplenty
The Reds placed Jeff Hoffman on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder injury. They called up relievers Cionel Pérez and Art Warren. Pérez is available for either game today. Warren, however, is only available for game two as he is the 27th man for a doubleheader. We wrote a little bit about what Hoffman to the injured list means for the rotation moving forward and how it’s not entirely decided simply by Hoffman not being there.
New Mock Draft Talk
In past years the Major League Baseball Draft would be two weeks away. But the draft has been pushed back to coincide with All-Star weekend moving forward and now will take place in mid-July. Still, the high school and college baseball seasons are in full swing and there’s two new mock drafts from the more reputable sources around – Baseball America and MLB Pipeline – with Cincinnati looking at two very different high school players. Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com we took a look at the two players and their strengths.
Game 2 Starting Lineups (when available)
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Trea Turner – SS|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Juan Soto – RF|
|Tyler Naquin – RF||Josh Bell – 1B|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Kyle Schwarber – LF|
|Shogo Akiyama – CF||Starlin Castro – 3B|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Luis Garcia – 2B|
|Max Schrock – 2B||Yan Gomes – C|
|Sonny Gray – SP||Andrew Stevenson – CF|
|Alex Blandino – 1B||Stephen Strasburg – SP|
Game 2 Starting Pitchers
It’s his 8th start of the year and Sonny Gray is still looking for his first win of the year. He hasn’t pitched poorly – his ERA is 3.96 on the year – but a sputtering Reds offense simply hasn’t scored many runs for him. In the one game in which they scored more than four runs while he was on the mound he was pulled after 4.2 innings and the game was tied at 1-1.
There are some pretty big splits in 2021 for Gray. Righties are hitting .279/.364/.500 against him, while lefties are hitting just .213/.306/.347 against him this year. His home and road splits are big, too. On the road he has a 5.14 ERA and opponents have hit .293/.379/.448 against him – but that’s also come with an almost unsustainable .441 BABIP across 66 plate appearances.
Pitch usage from 2021
The days of Stephen Strasburg firing mid-to-upper 90’s fastballs are gone. Since he made his debut he’s lost 6 MPH on his fastball. He’s struggled to stay healthy the last two seasons and missed five weeks earlier this year. Tonight will be his 2nd start back from the injured list.
He’s struggled with his control through three starts, walking 11 batters in 15.1 innings. But he’s also allowed just one hit in two of his three starts, with the middle one in St. Louis being one where he was pounded for seven earned runs on eight hits, three homers, and five walks. He went on the injured list for five weeks after that start.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 2:05pm ET (resumed game), 7:05pm ET (game 2)
- Where: Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: Low 80’s all day, 0% chance of rain.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs