The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs will wrap up their 3-game series at Wrigley Field this afternoon at 2:20pm ET. Cincinnati will be looking to avoid the sweep at the hand of the baby bears.
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Joc Pederson – LF|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Kris Bryant – 1B|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Javier Báez – SS|
|Tyler Stephenson – 1B||Ian Happ – CF|
|Tyler Naquin – CF||Willson Contreras – C|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Rafael Ortega – RF|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Patrick Wisdom – 3B|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Eric Sogard – 2B|
|Tyler Mahle – SP||Jake Arrieta – SP|
After a hiccup on the 20th against San Francisco where he allowed seven runs in just 2.0 innings, Tyler Mahle rebounded with 5.1 innings of no-run baseball in Washington the last time out. He’ll look to be more like that version of himself today.
It’s been a running theme this year but Tyler Mahle has reverse splits this season. Right-handed hitters are hitting .287/.330/.521 against him in 102 plate appearances with five walks and 33 strikeouts. Lefties are hitting .179/.284/.274 with 13 walks and 33 strikeouts in 109 plate appearances. Left-handed hitters are striking out a lot more and hitting for a lot less power than right-handed hitters have been. Mahle also has some big home and road splits. He’s been outstanding on the road, posting a 1.71 ERA in six starts this year (7.23 on the road in four starts).
Pitch usage from 2021
The former Cincinnati Reds draft pick (it’s true, the Reds picked him in the 31st round out of high school but he chose to go to college) has posted a 4.37 ERA this season in 47.1 innings with 16 walks and 38 strikeouts. He had a strong start to the year – his ERA was 2.57 after five starts, but he got roughed up at the end of April by the Reds who tagged him with seven earned in 3.1 innings and hit three homers off of him.
Lefties have performed better against Arrieta this season, hitting .269/.336/.454 against him with 11 walks and 25 strikeouts in 122 plate appearances this year. Right-handed hitters have posted a .219/.278/.438 line this year with five walks and 13 strikeouts in 79 plate appearances. He’s performed much better at home – 2.86 ERA – and it’s mostly due to the fact that he’s kept the baseball in the park at home where he’s given up just two home runs in 22.0 innings.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 2:20pm ET
- Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 62°, sunny, 0% chance of rain.
News and Notes
Hunter Greene keeps getting it done
Last night in Double-A we saw Hunter Greene pick up eight more strikeouts, bumping his league best total to 41 on the year in 28.2 innings while his ERA sits at 1.91 through five starts. I wrote about his start and how the team should handle his promotion and timeline a bit today at RedsMinorLeagues.com this morning if that’s the kind of thing you are interested in reading.
Jose Garcia changes his name to Jose Barrero
Reds prospect Jose Garcia is now going by Jose Barrero. The name change is to honor his mother who recently passed away, so he took her last name. After missing a few days on the temporary inactive list he returned to the lineup on Saturday for Double-A Chattanooga.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs