The final series of the first half can’t get any bigger than this. The first place Milwaukee Brewers will host a 4-game series against the Cincinnati Reds and a good showing from either team can really change the outlook on the second half.
|Jonathan India– 2B||Luis Urias – 3B|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Christian Yelich – LF|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Willy Adames – SS|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Omar Narvaez – C|
|Tyler Naquin – CF||Avisail Garcia – RF|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Jace Peterson – 2B|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Keston Hiura – 1B|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Jackie Bradley Jr. – CF|
|Tyler Mahle – SP||Adrian Houser – SP|
What began in 2020 for Tyler Mahle has continued into 2021. He’s posted a 3.63 ERA, which works out to a 126 ERA+ this year – well above-average.
There continue to be big splits for Tyler Mahle. Lefties have hit just .188/.276/.281 against him this season in 181 plate appearances. Right-handed hitters have hit .254/.321/.486 against him in 193 plate appearances. He also has big home and road splits. On the road he’s held opponents to a .188/.274/.293 line (.268/.333/.514 at home) and his ERA is just 2.01 when he’s not in Cincinnati this season (6.06 in seven starts at home).
Pitch usage from 2021
If you like seeing ground balls then Adrian Houser is your guy. He leads Major League Baseball with a 60.3% ground ball rate this season. His 3.94 ERA on the year comes out to be a 105 ERA+, so he’s been slightly above-average at preventing runs in his 15 starts and one relief appearance.
There are some splits with Houser. Right-handed hitters have hit just .215/.310/.368 against him on the year. Left-handed hitters have a .294/.353/.441 line against him with just 24 strikeouts in 158 plate appearances – that’s just a 15% strikeout rate.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 8:10pm ET
- Where: American Family Field, Milwuakee
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: They have a dome.
News and Notes
Sonny Gray placed on the injured list
The Reds placed Sonny Gray on the injured list this afternoon with a rib cage strain. They recalled pitcher Tony Santillan to take his place on the roster. Gray noted this afternoon when speaking with the media that he doesn’t expect to miss any starts. The 10 day waiting period will basically be covered by the All-Star break and he’ll be eligible to return in the first series back against the Brewers in Cincinnati.
THE REDS MADE A TRADE!
Unfortunately it was just the completion of a trade that the team made in January. Earlier today the Reds sent outfield prospect Darlin Guzman to the Toronto Blue Jays to complete the trade for reliever Héctor Pérez. For more on those guys you can check out what was written over on RedsMinorLeagues.com.
Max Schrock activated….. then optioned
The Reds activated Max Schrock from the 10-day injured list today after his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville was completed. They then immediately optioned him to Triple-A Louisville.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs