The Cincinnati Reds will host the Philadelphia Phillies tonight in a make up of their previously postponed game from earlier this season. First pitch is set for 6:40pm and for those of you out of the Cincinnati and Philadelphia markets, the game will be available on MLB Network this evening.
|Odúbel Herrera – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Rhys Hoskins – 1B||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Andrew McCutchen – LF||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Bryce Harper – RF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Alec Bohm – 3B||Shogo Akiyama – CF|
|Luke Williams – 2B||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Ronald Torreyes – SS||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Andrew Knapp – C||Mike Freeman – SS|
|Spencer Howard – SP||Wade Miley – SP|
The lefty just keeps getting it done. Through 13 starts this season Wade Miley has a 2.85 ERA in 75.2 innings pitched. He faced Philadelphia four weeks ago in an 11-1 win where he allowed that one run in 6.0 innings pitched.
Teams don’t send too many lefties to the plate against Miley and for good reason – the ones deemed good enough to face him still don’t hit much. Left-handed hitters have a .148/.193/.148 line against him in 57 plate appearances with three walks and 13 strikeouts. Right-handed hitters are having far more success, but still not hitting much. Righties have a .227/.280/.369 line against Miley in 251 plate appearances this eason.
Pitch usage from 2021
The Phillies top prospect, Spencer Howard hasn’t found much success this season in the big leagues. He’s made four starts and four relief appearances, covering 19.1 innings and posting a 5.59 ERA with 15 walks and 26 strikeouts. That’s not any better than the 5.92 ERA he posted last season in six starts that covered 24.1 innings.
He throws four pitches, but he’s very fastball dominant – throwing it 71% of the time. He last pitched in San Francisco on June 20th out of the bullpen, allowing two runs in 1.2 innings. Today’s outing will only be his second in the last two weeks. We’re dealing with a small sample size for his career, but lefties have hit .262/.364/.500 against him in his career and righties are hitting .253/.350/.425 against him. His ERA on the road for his career is 6.38 compared to 5.03 at home – but hitters have a 100 point OPS advantage against him when he’s in Philadelphia, too.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, MLB Network (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 86°, partly cloudy, 2% chance of rain
News and Notes
Tyler Naquin scratched from the lineup
Outfielder Tyler Naquin was originally in the starting lineup and in center. He was scratched with a sore wrist and replaced in the lineup by Shogo Akiyama.
The Reds call up Alejo Lopez
In case you missed the news, the Reds called up infielder Alejo Lopez on Monday. He was hitting .360 this season between Double-A and Triple-A with 19 doubles, two home runs, 24 walks, and just 18 strikeouts in 49 games played.
Sonny Gray to rejoin the rotation on Friday
Before the game this evening Sonny Gray told the media that he would be rejoining the Cincinnati Reds rotation on Friday. Cincinnati opens up a 3-game series against the Chicago Cubs that night.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs