The Cincinnati Reds will go for the series sweep this afternoon as they take on the Chicago Cubs on America’s birthday. The winner of the game will be in second place of the National League Central division when the day is over.
|Willson Contreras – C||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Kris Bryant – RF||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Anthony Rizzo – 1B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Javier Báez – SS||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Patrick Wisdom – 3B||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Nico Hoerner – 2B||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Jake Marisnick – CF||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Ian Happ – LF||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Kyle Hendricks – SP||Wade Miley – SP|
The lefty is coming off of his worst start in nearly two months. That speaks more about how good he’s been because he allowed four runs in 6.0 innings against Philadelphia the last time out in a 12-4 win. Miley has a 3.08 ERA on the season and has been the best starter for the Reds throughout the season. Today will be the second time he’s faced the Cubs this season, allowed two runs in 5.0 innings back on April 30th.
Wade Miley doesn’t see many lefties, but he dominates them when he does. They are 11-61 against him this season with just one double and three walks – posting a .415 OPS. Righties are hitting .230/.287/.369 against him on the year.
Pitch usage from 2021
After a tough stretch at the end of April, Kyle Hendrick has a 2.83 ERA over his last 11 starts. This will be his first start against the Reds this season. He’s been crushed by left-handed hitters, who have a .302/.358/.562 line against him this season. Right-handed hitters are hitting just .242/.269/.425 against him on the 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: 83°, partly cloudy, 1% chance of rain
News and Notes
Tejay Antone, Lucas Sims back by the end of July?
The Reds are hoping to get relievers Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims back by the end of July. They are just two of the plethora of pitchers the organization is hoping will return before the end of the month with Michael Lorenzen, Jeff Hoffman, and Michael Feliz also currently out on rehab assignments.
Redsfest pushed back to 2022
The Reds announced this morning that there would be no Redsfest for 2021 and that it would return in December of 2022.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs