The Cincinnati Reds will wrap up part one of their final road trip of the first half with game three of their series this afternoon against the Kansas City Royals. The winner today will take the series after the Reds won the first game and then collapsed in game two last night. First pitch is set for 2:10pm ET.
Kansas City Royals
|Jonathan India – 2B||Whit Merrifield – 2B|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Andrew Benintendi – LF|
|Tyler Stephenson – 1B||Salvador Perez – C|
|Joey Votto – DH||Carlos Santana – 1B|
|Tyler Naquin – RF||Ryan O’Hearn – RF|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Jorge Soler – DH|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Hunter Dozier – 3B|
|Shogo Akiyama – CF||Michael A. Taylor – CF|
|Mike Freeman – SS||Nicky Lopez – SS|
|Sonny Gray – SP||Brady Singer – SP|
While he’s only made 11 starts this season, Sonny Gray has been very good when he has been on the mound. He’s posted a 3.27 ERA in 55.0 innings and struck out 73 batters. Unfortunately he simply hasn’t gotten a ton of run support and despite being very good at keeping runs off of the board, he’s picked up credit for just one win on the year.
Sonny Gray has big reverse splits this season. Right-handed hitters are hitting .276/.350/.467 against him. Left-handed hitters are struggling in a big way, hitting just .194/.269/.324 against him this season. On the road he’s held hitters to a slightly lower OPS, but his ERA is also a little bit higher on the road (3.60).
Pitch usage from 2021
This season has been fairly league average for Brady Singer. He’s posted a 4.74 ERA in 17 starts. That’s a 97 ERA+, which is ever so slightly below the league average (100). He’s given up 86 hits, eight home runs, walked 35 batters, and he’s struck out 85.
In the last four starts he’s only pitched into the 5th inning one time and he’s struggled with his control, walking 11 batters in 14.2 innings in that span. But he’s magically kept the runs at a minimum despite hitters having a .290/.397/.548 line against him in that stretch.
Left-handed batters are hitting .270/.357/.444 against him this season. Right-handed hitters are hitting .268/.342/.366 against him. The difference between the two is the power – lefties show a lot more of it against him. His home and road splits are significant, too. At home he’s holding hitters to a .710 OPS (.822 on the road), and his ERA is 4.33 at home (5.25 on the road).
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 2:10pm ET
- Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 83°, scattered thunderstorms throughout the afternoon
News and Notes
Tom Browning and the rooftop
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Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tom Browning left the Reds dugout at Wrigley Field, walked across the street, and sat with a group of Cubs fans on the roof of an apartment building behind the right field bleachers. pic.twitter.com/KHiV7T5Vfc
— This Day in Chicago Sports (@ChiSportsDay) July 7, 2021
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs