Fresh off of a series win in Washington, the Cincinnati Reds are heading to Chicago to take on the Cubs today to begin a 3-game series. Vladimir Gutierrez will be making his Major League debut at 2:20pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs

Jesse Winker – LF Joc Pederson – LF
Nick Castellanos – RF Kris Bryant – 1B
Tyler Naquin – CF Javier Báez – SS
Tyler Stephenson – 1B Ian Happ – CF
Tucker Barnhart – C Willson Contreras – C
Kyle Farmer – SS Rafael Ortega – RF
Max Schrock – 3B David Bote – 3B
Jonathan India – 2B Eric Sogard – 2B
Vladimir Gutierrez – SP Adbert Alzolay – SP

Starting Pitchers

Vladimir Gutierrez

This is going to be the Major League debut for Vladimir Gutierrez. In spring training with the Reds he threw 7.0 shutout innings with two walks and 11 strikeouts. He then pitched for the alternate site team in April and joined the Triple-A Louisville Bats when the minor league season began on May 4th. He’s made three starts with the Bats, posting a 2.65 ERA in 17.0 innings where he allowed nine hits – three homers – seven walks, and he has struck out 21 batters.

Small sample size on his splits, but righties have hit .162/.262/.378 against him in 42 plate appearances this year in Triple-A. Lefties have hit .136/.240/.318 against him.

While we don’t have the precise details of his pitch selection and velocity like we do for guys in the big leagues because that data isn’t public, here’s the scouting report: Fastball that’s worked 93-95 and touched 97 this year, a curveball and a more slurvy curveball that can both be above-average pitches, and a solid change up.

Adbert Alzolay

Over the last three seasons Alzolay has only pitched in 14 games for the Cubs, but eight of them have come this year. He’s only walked seven batters in 44.0 innings and he’s struck out 45 – a very good ratio, but he’s also been very home run prone this season as he’s given up nine long balls so far. His slider is his go-to pitch and he throws it nearly half of the time.

There are some splits for Adbert Alzolay this year. He’s held right-handed hitters to a .176/.213/.329 line on the year with 3 walks and 28 strikeouts. Lefties haven’t hit for much average, either, but they’ve hit for plenty of power with a .216/.266/.500 line against him to go with 4 walks and 17 strikeouts. He’s also posted a 5.03 ERA at home where he’s given up five homers in 19.2 innings (3.70 ERA on the road).

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider
Velo 93.7 93.4 86.0 84.8 80.3
Usage 19% 29% 47% 4% 1%

When and Where

  • Game time: 2:20pm ET
  • Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,, MLB Network, ESPN+
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 50°, cloudy/rain throughout the day

News and Notes

Vladimir Gutierrez officially called up

While we’ve known for a few days now that Vladimir Gutierrez was being called up, the move was not official. Not until this afternoon, that is. The team made the roster move, and optioned right-handed pitcher Ashton Goudeau back to Triple-A Louisville. Art Warren, who was the 27th man for last night’s doubleheader in Washington returned to his spot on the taxi squad.

Wade Miley and Tyler Mahle flip spots

Wade Miley is eligible to come off of the injured list on Sunday, but he is going to return to the rotation on Monday while the team goes with Tyler Mahle on Sunday to wrap up their series in Chicago as first reported by The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale.

Jesse Winker and Joey Votto

In case you missed it this morning, Ashley Davis took a look at how Jesse Winker compares to Joey Votto in his age 27 season here on the digital pages of Redleg Nation. Go give it a read.

A catcher AND a catch

Last night in Louisville there was a catch followed immediately by a catch. Confused yet? Well, watch the video of Dwight Smith Jr’s catcher and then what followed.

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Cardinals 28 22 0 36.7%
Cubs 27 22 0.5 35.4%
Brewers 25 25 3.0 44.7%
Reds 22 26 5.0 12.2%
Pirates 18 31 9.5 0.0%

111 Responses

  1. Klugo

    Could you imagine if Winker and Castellanos went down right now?? That line up is something else right now.

    • Melvin

      Believe it or not I do like them at 1 & 2 so I agree with David Bell this time. 🙂

  2. Mark Moore

    Is the weather still iffy for getting started?

    • docproc

      Latest radar suggests they have about a 2.5 hour window in which to play this game.

      • Mark Moore

        From The Rookie … “Work fast. We’ve got a long bus ride.”

  3. Jim Walker

    Looking at those standards and playoff possibility projections, all I can say is that approaching a third of the way through the season, there is a computer somewhere that is a big Brewers fan.

  4. docproc

    So why is Suarez sitting when he’s finally showing signs of life?

    • Klugo

      Signs of life? I think he’s still hit like 2-20 leading off.

      • Indy Red Man

        Since May 10th he’s hitting .212 (14-66) with 6 hrs/13 rbis. I’d take a HR every 11 at-bats moving forward.

        baby steps…baby steps

      • Jim Walker

        As leadoff Suárez:
        13PAs; BA .333; OBP .385; SLG .833; OPS 1.218; wRC+233

      • docproc

        4 for 12 in WAS with home runs off both Scherzer and Strasburg.

      • Klugo

        Okay Okay. So I was wrong. Geez. All you guys with your stats and facts and stuff. I was counting in my head and I thought he was still batting pretty miserably.

    • Indy Red Man

      Alzolay allowing .766 ops to lefties and .542 to righties. It’s probably a good idea to give Schrock a start here.

  5. Indy Red Man

    Its in the 40s and the wind is blowing in 20+ mph then the ump decides to expand the strike zone on Naquin

    Its unbelievable how many guys are hitting .225 or less. Soler just hit 48 HRs 2 years ago and he’s hitting .171 with 4 hrs.

    If they’re determined to turn baseball into soccer then I’ll quit watching. Its very simple. 2-1 every game is a “good ole good one” to Marty Brenneman, but I’m not 90 years old. I’ll bail and I won’t look back.

    • JB

      Imagine if Soler was on the Reds. Redleg nation would be ripping him to pieces .

  6. Melvin

    Does it ever get warm in Chicago? That doesn’t look fun out there.

  7. Rex

    Shrock and India are hit and run boys…pay attention veterans

  8. Melvin

    Hit and run? Is David Bell feeling okay today? 🙂 Good job. Don’t wake him up.

  9. Indy Red Man

    I hate these kind of games where there is about a 30% of anyone hitting a HR, but I’m happy for Gutierrez! Can’t pick a much better situation for your mlb debut!

    • VaRedsFan

      Indeed…the o/u today was a microscopic 6.5

      • Indy Red Man

        Yep. I took it when I saw everyone all bundled up.

  10. Mark Moore

    Nuts! Lost Ortega after a tough AB.

    It really looks cold there today. Glad I’m sitting in my living room.

  11. Mark Moore

    That ball of Castellanos bat sounded “dead” to me.

  12. Mark Moore

    Loved the TySteve hustle there – tough break on the GR2B.

    Can we capitalize on the opportunity?

  13. VaRedsFan

    Rotten break for Tucker….ground rule double…probably cost them a run

    • JB

      They got the breaks yesterday and not today. So is life..

  14. VaRedsFan

    2 LOB’s in each of the last 3 innings.

  15. Roger Garrett

    Offense needs to keep the pressure on and we will begin to score.Don’t let up.Keep battling and they will start to fall in.Go Reds

  16. RedsMonk65

    How does Gutierrez look thus far? (I can’t watch the Reds on TV)

      • RedsMonk65

        Good, thanks. Don’t want to jinx him or anything, but following along, I saw that while he hasn’t struck anyone out, he also hasn’t allowed many walks or any runs. For a Reds pitcher through the first 3 innings, that’s good!

    • Mark Moore

      Pretty efficient from what I’ve seen.

    • JB

      Way better than Hoffman. Has movement on his fastball. Just after 3 innings and I would give him Hoffmans spot. With his pants pulled up to his knees he reminds me a little of El Duque.

      • TR

        I like that style. They started out as the Red Stockings. Vlad needs some offensive support.

    • Melvin

      Needs some work on his bunting. lol

  17. Melvin

    Good catch by Winker there. Him running towards the wall didn’t bring good feelings though. lol

  18. Mark Moore

    That’s a good inning for our Redlegs. Nice focus by Da Wink.

    Time to do some damage.

  19. JB

    This umpire is horrible. It’s a toss up on every pitch.

  20. Mark Moore

    In the box score, that just looks like a Sac Bunt … the way we got there doesn’t matter one bit.

  21. Melvin

    It’s amazing to me how many calls umpires miss.

  22. RedsMonk65

    There goes the no-hitter. Blame it on me. I should not have mentioned it! 😉

  23. Mark Moore

    Nice time for his first two K’s. Welcome to the Show young man.

  24. Dennis

    Despite the impressive start by Gutierrez, Bell needs to have a short leash on the rookie pitcher. 5 or 6 innings would be great! Getting son=me runs would be great as well!

    • JB

      Hopefully it wakes the pathetic Reds bats up now that they are losing. 7 LOB is terrible.

      • Indy Red Man

        They’ve hit some ropes but the wind is knocking them down. Barnhart’s double hopping over that big side wall really hurt too. That was an easy rbi

      • TR

        Not an easy game. Night game in DC, afternoon in Wrigley. Down by one. There’s still time.

  25. LDS

    Do the Reds realize they beat far better pitchers in the last couple of days? I expected some runs today.

  26. Rex

    I hope they keep Gutti-er-ez on the big club…we looks great

    • Indy Red Man

      Once again its in the 40s with 20+ mph winds blowing in. He did throw strikes and made them hit it. He took what Mother Nature offered instead of always nibbling like Hoffman, but I wouldn’t put too much stock in this game

      • Rex

        maybe but he seemed good in the spring too. it is not a bad first start.

      • JB

        You could also say that the umpire is horrible and missed alot of strikes that were called balls. He threw 67 pitches and pitched to the weather. Does he throw them cookies down the middle that he knows the batter cant hit out? Yes. Just throw strikes and let the weather be your friend. Nice first outing .

  27. J

    It’s a one run game with 2-3-4 hitters due up, so obviously you want to bring in your 4th or 5th best reliever.

    • Mark Moore

      Exactly … we got lucky to a point. And then the ump blows another call.

      Umpire “believing” doesn’t absolve him of poor performance. It’s time, my friends.

  28. RedsMonk65

    Votto’s in the radio booth helping call the game right now…

    • Mark Moore

      TV booth said that. How’s he doing?

      • RedsMonk65

        Pretty good, actually. Did some play by play. Made some keen insights. Straightforward, easy-going. Good sense of humor, too.

        Down the line, with a little more experience, he might make a really good broadcaster, if he’s interested in going that route.

      • RedsMonk65

        Votto is still in the booth — for the third inning, now, I think….

      • RedsMonk65

        and some style:

        “fly ball, curling into the stands…”

        (I like the use of the word “curling.”)

      • RedsMonk65

        Thrall: Joey’s just sticking around here in the booth until he can call a home run.

        Joey: Yeah, you can have the call for the Cubs. I’ll take the one for the Reds.

      • Daytonnati

        I already prefer Votto to Larkin or Welsh 🙂

      • RedsMonk65

        Votto: I’m staying for the win. Even if it takes 17 innings.

      • RedsMonk65

        Thrall: Joey, how do you beat this guy (Kimbrel)?

        Joey: It’s like fishing, my man.

  29. B-town fan

    67 pitches and 1 run and you pull Gutierrez come on give me a break, total over managing.

    • Mark Moore

      Because we needed Suarez to K in a pressure situation.

      • LDS

        How many of Suarez’s hits leading off came with RISP? He’s not delivering on RISP this year.

  30. Roger Garrett

    Reds struggle to score so every lost chance gets bigger and bigger and bigger.Come on can’t go down this easy.Wake up and win this game.

    • Nelson Coble

      6 innings with a runner in scoring position and it resulted in zero runs. Also, that is at least the 5th time Stephenson has hit into a double play with runners in scoring position. Needs to learn pitch selection. It was a lefty as well. Game over.

      • Mark Moore

        Sadly, I think you’re right.

        Of course, we’ve hit their bullpen hard before …

  31. RedsMonk65

    These guys need to score some runs! Time is running out.

  32. Mark Moore

    A loss to the Stupid Cubs totally stinks. Losing by a single run when we’ve squandered opportunities nearly every inning? I’m at a loss for words (at least those that Doug would allow on the site).

  33. Rex

    leaving Doolitle in for a second inning is bad for stomach

  34. DataDumpster

    Yes, lots of missed opportunities on offense but it’s Bell that worries me. Outstanding outing for Guiterrez and then removed after 67 pitches, same for Hembree after 24 pitches, now Doolittle. Getting nervous. Why does he do this? These pros can’t throw any more pitches than that?

    • Mark Moore

      Tom Terrific is rolling over in his grave at the pitch and inning counts.

  35. Mark Moore

    “On the black” … really dislike that phrase. It’s there as a border to HP. If it’s “on the black” it’s a ball because it didn’t cross the plate.

    Sorry, small pet peeve.

  36. Sliotar

    Somebody gets on … then Winker muscles a HR.

    Winker hasn’t had many 0 for 5 games … kind of due today.


    Guys, no double switch there! Probably Payton hitting for Brach. Lets get some runs!

  38. Mark Moore

    Anybody else annoyed with his “chicken wing” thing?

    • Rex

      it worked for Joe, I’m annoyed with the pocket hanging out flapping in the air

  39. Scotly50

    Two overmatches. Let’s go Winker

    • RedsMonk65

      As Huey Lewis sang: I need a new drug.

      • RedsMonk65

        Stupid Cubs.

        Almost as bad as losing to the Stupid Cardinals.

    • Nelson Coble

      They’re done. Start bringing up the youngsters. The pitcher looked good today. Maybe they can find d someone who can hit with runners in scoring position. A major over haul is needed. Manager included.

  40. RedsMonk65


    Joey: I don’t think I’m ever coming back. I’m bad luck. I can’t wait to be doing my real job.

    • RedsMonk65

      For those who missed it: If you have access to the archived audio feed of this game, listening to Joey Votto call the plays and interact with Tommy Thrall and Chris Welsh for nearly half the game is definitely worth your time despite the Reds’ loss.

      • RedsMonk65

        Not absolutely sure, but if you have subscription (I only have audio subscription), you should be able to listen to the archived feed.

        Again, it’s a treat, and Votto gets better as the game goes on….