The Cincinnati Reds will go for the series win this evening as they try to win their 6th straight game over the St. Louis Cardinals. First pitch is set for 7:10pm ET.
St. Louis Cardinals
|Dylan Carlson – RF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Paul Goldschmidt – 1B||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Nolan Arenado – 3B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Tyler O’Neill – LF||Tyler Naquin – RF|
|Paul DeJong – SS||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Tommy Edman – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Harrison Bader – CF||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Andrew Knizner – C||Shogo Akiyama – CF|
|Jake Woodford – SP||Luis Castillo – SP|
After a disastrous start to the season, Luis Castillo has turned things around in a big way over the last two months. Since June began he’s made 9 starts with a 1.76 ERA in 56.1 innings and allowed just two home runs. Opponents have hit just .178/.277/.234 against him in that span.
His splits haven’t really been that much different on the season as a whole. Lefties have a .727 OPS against him while righties have a .695 OPS against him. Lefties do walk a lot more, but they hit for a little less power. His home ERA is 4.28 and his road ERA is 4.50 and the OPS difference is just .002.
Pitch usage from 2021
Ah, yes, the guy that Nick Castellanos flexed on. Woodford will be getting just his second start of the year in the big leagues. He made 17 relief appearances with the Cardinals between April and the end of June, but did made three starts in Triple-A Memphis in early July before returning last week to St. Louis to start against the Cubs. He threw 5.2 innings of 1-run, 6-strikeout baseball in that start.
The splits for Jake Woodford are extreme. Right-handed hitters have a .158/.324/.246 line against him this season with 10 walks and 15 strikeouts in 74 plate appearances. They draw a ton of walks, but so far they haven’t made any sort of good contact against him. Lefties on the other hand are hitting .351/.400/.632 against him with 4 walks and 12 strikeouts in 65 plate appearances this year.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 7:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 85°, partly cloudy, 1% chance of rain
News and Notes
Reds trade Mark Payton to the Mets
The Cincinnati Reds “traded” outfielder Mark Payton to the Mets today. Traded is a weird word to use given that New York sent $75,000 in cash to Cincinnati for Payton. The Reds designated him for assignment earlier this week and instead of hoping their claim went through, the Mets felt he was worth acquiring via a check instead.
Max Schrock called up
The Reds also made a roster move this afternoon, calling up Max Schrock from Triple-A Louisville. He’s taking the spot on the roster that was vacated by R.J Alaniz, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left calf.
NL Central Standings
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