The Cincinnati Reds will look for the series win after a 4-1 victory guaranteed at least a split with the Atlanta Braves on Saturday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm at Great American Ball Park.
|Ronald Acuña Jr.– RF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Freddie Freeman – 1B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Ozzie Albies – 2B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Austin Riley – 3B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Dansby Swanson – SS||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Abraham Almonte – LF||Aristides Aquino – LF|
|Guillermo Heredia – CF||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Kevan Smith – C||Scott Heineman – CF|
|Kyle Muller – SP||Tyler Mahle – SP|
Today will be the 16th start for Tyler Mahle of the season. His ERA is down to 3.56 through 78.1 innings and he’s walked 26 batters with 98 strikeouts this year.
This season we’ve seen Tyler Mahle have reverse splits. Left-handed batters, who have been in the lineup nearly as often as right-handed hitters have been, are hitting just .193/.283/.293 against him with 17 walks and 55 strikeouts in 159 plate appearances. Right-handed hitters are doing a bit better, posting a .240/.301/.427 line with 9 walks and 43 strikeouts in 166 plate appearances. Mahle has also had rather big home/road splits, with a 6.93 ERA in Cincinnati and hitters with a .273/.327/.495 line against him at Great American Ball Park.
Pitch usage from 2021
Today will only be the third big league appearance for Kyle Muller. He’s made one start and one relief appearance for the Braves this season. He threw an inning against Boston in his big league debut on June 16th and allowed two runs. This past Monday he allowed one hit and one run against the Mets in 4.0 innings. The lefty had a 4.60 ERA in 7 starts in Triple-A Gwinnett with 19 walks and 41 strikeouts in 31.1 innings this season.
This season, in both his time in Triple-A and MLB, he’s had right-handed hitters post a .263/.330/.465 line against him, while lefties have hit just .179/.360/.282 line against him. Lefties don’t get many hits and when they do get a hit it’s not going for extra bases. What lefties have done is draw walks 20% of the time they’ve faced him this season. Righties have been solid across the board against him this year.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 1:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 85°, partly cloud, 5% chance of rain
News and Notes
Injury Updates on Sonny Gray, Jesse Winker, and Tejay Antone
After having his rehab start pushed back two days, Sonny Gray took the mound for Louisville on Saturday night and threw 3.0 shutout innings. He allowed just one hit and he struck out four, but struggled with his control in the first two innings as he walked three batters and hit another one.
Jesse Winker is out of the lineup today, but may be available off of the bench.
Tejay Antone said he expects to return the first day after the All-Star break.
We’ve got a little more information on each of the three players here (updated this morning).
Rule 5 Draft Pick Mac Sceroler returned
The Cincinnati Reds got Rule 5 Draft pick Mac Sceroler back from the Baltimore Orioles after he cleared waivers. The Reds have assigned him to Double-A Chattanooga.
Max Schrock to begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A
The Reds announced that Max Schrock would begin a rehab assignment today in Triple-A Louisville. He’ll not be alone in that one this afternoon as pitcher Jeff Hoffman is making his second start for the Bats on his rehab assignment today, too.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs