The Cincinnati Reds wrap up a 4-game series this afternoon with the St. Louis Cardinals and they are going for the sweep. Yesterday the Reds sealed their first 4-game series win in St. Louis since I was 6-years-old (which was in 1990!) – no, that’s not a depressing fact at all. First pitch is all set for 2:15pm ET.
St. Louis Cardinals
|Jonathan India – 2B||Tommy Edman – 2B|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Dylan Carlson – CF|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Paul Goldschmidt – 1B|
|Tyler Stephenson – 1B||Nolan Arenado – 3B|
|Tyler Naquin – CF||Tyler O’Neill – LF|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Edmundo Sosa – SS|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||José Rondón – RF|
|Mike Freeman – SS||Andrew Knizner – C|
|Wade Miley – SP||John Gant – SP|
After a brutal game in Colorado on May 14th, Wade Miley has rebounded well by allowing just two earned runs in 10.2 innings in his last two starts. He’s posted a 3.26 ERA this year in nine games and allowed more than two earned runs in just two of those games.
Miley has found success against both lefties and righties this season. Right-handed hitters have had 168 plate appearances against him this year and are hitting just .226/.281/.361. Lefties rarely get the chance to face Miley, but in the 38 plate appearances they have had against him this year the results haven’t been good for them – they’ve hit just .194/.237/.194 against him.
Pitch usage from 2021
From an ERA standpoint John Gant has been quite good this year. He’s starting for the first time since 2018 after spending the last few seasons in the bullpen. His ERA sits at 1.60 through 10 starts, but he leads the league in walks with 34 and he has just 39 strikeouts in 50.2 innings. Where he’s been successful is keeping the ball in the ballpark – he’s given up just one homer this year. While he has some groundball tendencies, his 48.6% ground ball rate isn’t exactly elite.
Left-handed hitters are hitting just .183/.350/.244 against him. They walk a ton – 20 of them in just 104 plate appearances – but they aren’t finding any hits against him. Right-handed hitters are hitting .272/.361/.320 against him. More hits, plenty of walks, but no power at all to speak of. He’s walked the high-wire all season. Perhaps today is that day he finds that to be a problem.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 2:15pm ET
- Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 83°, partly cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
Joey Votto Still Bangs
Last night in Louisville Joey Votto played in the field for the first time on his rehab assignment. He also went 3-4 with a single, double, and a triple – as well as a funny moment to begin the bottom of the 1st, but you’ll have to click the link to see the video on that one.
Positioning more than the shift is taking away hits
Baseball Prospectus has up a new article this week (BP subscription required) showing just how much better defenses are today than even a handful of years ago at turning balls in play into outs. While some of that is related to more shifting, more of it is actually due to the fact that everyone is playing significantly deeper on the infield which allows them to get to balls they never would have before and still turn them into outs because everyone is also throwing harder (as fielders).
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs