The Cincinnati Reds will look for their second win of their series with the Atlanta Braves this afternoon after splitting the first two games. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET.
|Ronald Acuña Jr. – RF||Jonathan India– 2B|
|Freddie Freeman – 1B||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Ozzie Albies – 2B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Austin Riley – 3B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Dansby Swanson – SS||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Guillermo Heredia – LF||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|William Contreras – C||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Ender Inciarte – CF||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Ian Anderson – SP||Luis Castillo – SP|
It’s been a tough season for Luis Castillo, but he’s been pitching well for the last five weeks. Dating back to May 18th he’s made seven starts and posted a 3.63 ERA in 39.2 innings with just three home runs allowed and he’s struck out 45 batters.
In that stretch he’s held right-handed hitters to a .211/.291/.324 line in 79 plate appearances, walking six and striking out 19. Lefties haven’t hit as well, posting a .183/.326/.268 line in 89 plate appearances against him – but they have walked 15 times with 26 strikeouts.
Pitch usage from 2021
It’s been another strong season for Ian Anderson. After getting his feet wet in the big leagues in 2020, making six starts with a 1.95 ERA, he’s now made 14 starts this season and has a 3.33 ERA in 75.2 innings with 79 strikeouts. He has been a bit inconsistent in the last month, allowed four earned runs in three different starts that didn’t see him record an out in the 5th inning in two of them and only one out in the 5th inning of another, but also having two starts where he hasn’t allowed a single run.
Anderson has been good against both lefties and righties this season, but there are some small reverse splits happening this season. Left-handed hitters have a .195/.269/.297 line against him. Right-handed hitters have a .239/.311/.362 line against him.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 85°, cloudy, 3% chance of rain.
News and Notes
Tejay Antone placed on the 10-day injured list
Just prior to the game this afternoon the Reds placed Tejay Antone on the injured list with a forearm strain and called up Cionel Pérez. We’ve got more details here if you are interested.
Louisville Bats manager Pat Kelly ejected during a wardrobe malfunction
I’ve been covering minor league baseball for 16 years now. Last night I saw something I have never seen before and probably will never see again: Pat Kelly was ejected from the game after the home plate umpire had a wardrobe malfunction and was putting on a new belt during the game. There’s some video and a bit more of an explanation of the situation here if you’re interested in the theatrics.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs