The second place Cincinnati Reds hit the road today as they travel to Kansas City to take on the 35-48 Royals. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm ET.
Kansas City Royals
|Alejo Lopez – 2B||Whit Merrifield – 2B|
|Jesse Winker – DH||Carlos Santana – 1B|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Salvador Perez – C|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Ryan O’Hearn – DH|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Jorge Soler – RF|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Hanser Alberto – 3B|
|Aristides Aquino – LF||Hunter Dozier – LF|
|Tyler Naquin – CF||Michael A. Taylor – CF|
|Mike Freeman – SS||Nicky Lopez – SS|
|Vladimir Gutierrez – SP||Mike Minor – SP|
Tonight Vladimir Gutierrez will be looking to rebound from a tough outing against the San Diego Padres where he allowed six earned runs in 4.1 innings. On the season he’s posted a 4.93 ERA through seven starts and 38.1 innings with 19 walks and 30 strikeouts to go along with eight home runs allowed.
We’re still dealing with a small sample size of big league time but so far Vladimir Gutierrez is showing big splits, but in a weird way. Lefties are hitting .188/.291/.362 against him – but they have 10 walks and 12 strikeouts. Righties are hitting .286/.360/.545 against him with 9 walks and 18 strikeouts. He’s also pitched much better on the road – four road starts to three home starts – where he’s got a 4.29 ERA and has held batters to a .218/.311/.397 line.
Pitch usage from 2021
It’s been a tough few weeks for Mike Minor. He pitched well on June 20th against Boston, but the start before that and the two starts after that were not good in any way. Over the last four starts he’s allowed 20 earned runs in 22.1 innings while allowing 34 hits. On the season his ERA now sits at 5.33 through 96.1 innings.
The left-handed starter doesn’t get the chance to see many lefty hitters, but the ones deemed good enough to start against him are hitting better than the righties he faces. Lefties are hitting .288/.344/.441 against him in 64 plate appearances this season. Righties have a .246/.304/.438 line against him in 345 plate appearances. Minor has also pitched worse at home than on the road, with opposing batters having a 51 points advantage in OPS in Kauffman Stadium against him and his ERA is 0.55 higher in Kansas City.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 8:10pm ET
- Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 87°, sunny, 0% chance of rain.
News and Notes
Jonathan India scratched from the lineup
Just after 6pm the Reds announced that Jonathan India was replaced in the lineup after experiencing some ankle soreness. Mike Freeman will play shortstop and a few other guys shift around on the diamond and in the lineup from what was posted earlier.
Michael Lorenzen could return for the weekend in Milwuakee
There were several things of note from manager David Bell today (Mike Moustakas update, Jeff Hoffman update). Perhaps the biggest was that he mentioned the possibility that Michael Lorenzen could return this weekend in Milwaukee if things go well in his rehab assignment in Louisville. He’s scheduled to pitch on Tuesday and Thursday, with a decision to be made after that depending on how everyone feels about the way things went and how Lorenzen feels.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs