After splitting the first two games of the series the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets will face off one final time to see who takes the series. First pitch is set for 12:35pm this afternoon.
New York Mets
|Brandon Nimmo – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Jeff McNeil – 2B||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Pete Alonso – 1B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Dominic Smith – LF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Michael Conforto – RF||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Jonathan Villar – 3B||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Tomás Nido – C||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|Luis Guillorme – SS||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Marcus Stroman – SP||Jeff Hoffman – SP|
The Reds are handing the ball over to Jeff Hoffman. He has spent the last month on a rehab assignment as he’s worked his way back from a shoulder injury. While in the minors he made five starts with a 3.44 ERA, striking out 25 batters in 18.1 innings between Triple-A Louisville (four starts) and High-A Dayton (one start). Before he hit the injured list his ERA was 4.61 with the Reds through 10 starts.
Hoffman has weird splits this season. Both lefties and righties have a .747 OPS against him, but they get there in very different ways. Righties are hitting .250/.322/.425 against him with nine walks and 25 strikeouts. Lefties are htiting .237/.392/.355 against him with 18 walks and 14 strikeouts. Left-handed hitters don’t hit for power against him, nor for much of an average, but they make contact and draw a ton of walks. Right-handed hitters show a moderate amount of power against him but don’t get on base a lot and strike out quite often. He has pitched significantly better at home than on the road, though. His ERA in Cincinnati this season is 3.09 – it’s 6.62 on the road – and hitters have a .696 OPS against him compared to an .810 OPS on the road.
Pitch usage from 2021
Through 19 starts this season Marcus Stroman has been outstanding, posting a 2.79 ERA in 103.1 innings with 25 walks and 86 strikeouts. One of the bigger ground ball pitchers since reaching the Major Leagues, he doesn’t miss a lot of bats, but relies on keeping the ball in the yard and not walking guys and he’s been quite successful at those things throughout his career.
There are some splits for Stroman. Right-handed hitters have had more success against him this year as they’ve hit .256/.310/.372 on the season. Lefties are hitting .225/.271/.305 against him this year.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, MLB Network (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 76°, partly cloudy, 1% chance of rain.
News and Notes
After being called up yesterday, Ashton Goudeau has been optioned back to Triple-A Louisville to make room for Jeff Hoffman on the 26-man roster.
Nick Senzel to get time at SS and CF on rehab
David Bell says he anticipates Nick Senzel playing CF and SS during his rehab assignment next week. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) July 21, 2021
The Reds have signed 15 draft picks
The Cincinnati Reds have announced that they have signed 15 of their 22 draft picks so far. You can see the full list here. Of the three 1st round picks only high school outfielder Jay Allen has signed so far.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs