Mother Nature halted the Reds’ (24-29) plans for Re-Opening Day Wednesday at Great American Ball Park, so they will hit the road for a very important weekend series with the St. Louis Cardinals (31-25) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Bally Sports Ohio has the TV broadcast, and 700 WLW has the radio broadcast, per usual. First pitch is set for 8:15pm ET.
The Cardinals have dropped to second place in the NL Central, but the Reds are still chasing them. If the Reds can pull off a four-game sweep, it would put Cincinnati right back in contention. But if they get swept or even lose three out of four, it could bury them in the standings. My theory: the Reds like treading water, and they’ll earn a split and stay right where they’ve been for the last month and a half.
**Gutierrez’s numbers are from his time at Triple-A Louisville.
Gutierrez impressed so much in his MLB debut that he was able to stay with the big league club when Jeff Hoffman went on the 10-day injured list. He pitched five innings against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley, allowing only two hits and one run, a home run off the bat of David Bote, while walking two and striking out three. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to get any run support, as that home run was the only run scored in the entire game.
The right-hander threw five pitches in his debut and mixed all five nicely. His four-seam fastball was his most-used pitch at 58.2% and averaged about 92 mph. He used his curve ball and change up about the same, with his change up being mostly used against left-handed batters. The average speed for both pitches was in the mid-70s. He threw his slider six times, all to right-handed batters, at an average speed of 81.9%. Finally, he threw the sinker only three times, but did record one of his strikeouts with it.
Wainwright, a mainstay in the Cardinals rotation since 2005, has not had a terrible season, posting a 4.22 ERA and a 4.11 FIP in 59.2 innings. After his first appearance of 2021 at Great American Ball Park on April 3 in which he gave up six runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings, he’s been on a bit of a roller coaster ride. The last couple of weeks are evidence of that.
On May 15 in San Diego, he surrendered six runs on eight hits in just four innings. In his next start at home against the Cubs, he pitched eight innings of shut out baseball with seven strikeouts. However, his most recent start at Arizona, he gave up four runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Wainwright pitches much better at Busch Stadium than on the road. In six home games this year, he’s thrown 41.0 innings and recorded a 2.41 ERA with 38 strikeouts, while allowing only 11 walks and four home runs. Meanwhile, in four road starts, he has an 8.20 ERA, allowing six home runs in only 18.2 innings. Hopefully the Reds are ready for a better Wainwright than the one they saw in April.
The Reds had an unexpected day off due to the postponement yesterday and everyone should be available because of it. Even Alex Blandino and Mike Freeman should be good to pitch, but let’s hope the Reds stay far away from that situation.
After the Dodgers scored 11 runs in the first inning Wednesday night against the Cardinals, it looked like St. Louis might have to burn their bullpen before a four-game series. However, in typical Cardinals fashion, they ended up getting two innings each from two young pitchers and only had to use four relievers total.
St. Louis Cardinals
|3B Eugenio Suárez||Tommy Edman 2B|
|LF Jesse Winker||Dylan Carlson CF|
|RF Nick Castellanos||Tyler O’Neill LF|
|1B Tyler Stephenson||Nolan Arenado 3B|
|CF Tyler Naquin||Yadier Molina C|
|SS Mike Freeman||Matt Carpenter 1B|
|C Tucker Barnhart||Edmundo Sosa SS|
|2B Jonathan India||José Rondón RF|
|P Vladimir Gutierrez||Adam Wainwright P|
Against Wainwright, Tucker Barnhart probably hits the best against him, with a career performance of 8-for-18, including two home runs. Eugenio Suárez is 8-for-25 against him, and Jesse Winker is 3-for-11 with a home run.
News and Notes
It was a wash-out for most of the Reds organization yesterday, but two teams did get to play. You can find all the results here.