The Cincinnati Reds (24-28) are riding high off a big 11-1 win yesterday. The Reds won consecutive games for the first time in two weeks. They will hope to make it three straight tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies (25-29) at 7:10 PM.
Well, everyone, there’s a new sign right at the front entrance of Great American Ball Park. pic.twitter.com/IXiqqaiOSR
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) June 1, 2021
Sonny Gray is coming off a dominating performance against the Nationals (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K). Gray only has two career starts against the Phillies (both coming in 2019), and he has a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 IP (3 BB, 10 K).
Since the start of 2018, Aaron Nolan ranks 6th in baseball in fWAR (12.8) among pitchers, just ahead of guys like Bauer, Kershaw and Greinke. He has a career 3.72 ERA in 6 starts against the Reds. The good news is the Reds beat him twice in 2019, and Nola actually has a 5.40 ERA over his last four starts this season.
|1. Odúbel Herrera (CF)
2. Jean Segura (2B)
3. Rhys Hoskins (1B)
4. J.T. Realmuto (C)
5. Brad Miller (RF)
6. Andrew McCutchen (LF)
7. Alec Bohm (3B)
8. Ronald Torreyes (SS)
9. Aaron Nola (P)
|1. Eugenio Suárez (3B)
2. Jesse Winker (LF)
3. Nick Castellanos (RF)
4. Tyler Stephenson (1B)
5. Tyler Naquin (CF)
6. Kyle Farmer (SS)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Jonathan India (2B)
9. Sonny Gray (P)
Nick Castellanos has an MLB high 17-game hit streak entering play today. He is hitting .455/.526/.697 during the streak. Castellanos leads the NL for the season in fWAR (2.8), AVG (.356), SLG (.638), wRC+ (183) and OPS (1.051).
Eugenio Suárez has reached base in all 6 games in the leadoff spot this season with a .958 OPS.
Mike Freeman was promoted from Triple-A Louisville prior to the game. Reliever Michael Feliz was placed on the injured list. Earlier in the afternoon the Reds promoted Cionel Pérez after they placed Max Schrock on the injured list.
There are still 110 games left in the 2021 baseball season. The way that Wade Miley continues to pitch should be very encouraging for Reds fans. If he can continue to be an above average pitcher, the Reds rotation is really good. Luis Castillo is going to figure it out. Tyler Mahle is a rising star. The Reds have plenty of quality options for the fifth spot. The Reds rotation is going to keep them in the race for the NL Central this season. Tonight, it is Sonny Gray’s turn to keep the line moving. Go Reds.