The Cincinnati Reds will be looking to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon after taking the first two games of the series and six in a row against the Cardinals. First pitch is set for 1:10pm ET.
St. Louis Cardinals
|Dylan Carlson – RF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Paul Goldschmidt – 1B||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Nolan Arenado – 3B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Tyler O’Neill – LF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Paul DeJong – SS||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Tommy Edman – 2B||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|Harrison Bader – CF||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Andrew Knizner – C||Mike Freeman – 3B|
|Johan Oviedo – SP||Sonny Gray – SP|
With a 3.65 ERA on the season, Sonny Gray will look to improve in his only showing against the Cardinals this season. Back on April 23rd he allowed 5 earned runs in just 3.2 innings against St. Louis. It was his worst start of the season.
There are some rather large splits for Sonny Gray this season. Righties are hitting .290/.363/.443 against him this season. Lefties are hitting just .197/.287/.323 against him this year. He’s also pitched a bit better on the road than at home, but he’s been good at home as he’s posted a 3.86 ERA in eight starts this season at Great American Ball Park.
Pitch usage from 2021
The Cardinals rookie has made 12 starts and 1 relief appearance this year and has posted a 4.81 ERA. He’s walked 31 batters and struck out just 45. Oviedo faced Cincinnati back on June 5th and allowed 2 runs in 4.0 innings.
From a lefty/right perspective the splits aren’t too large in some ways for Oviedo. Righties have a .708 OPS while lefties have a .798 OPS. That’s big, but not dramatic. How they get there is quite different, though. Lefties walk more than they strike out – 20 to 18 times in 138 plate appearances. Righties have 11 walks and 27 strikeouts against him this season in 127 plate appearances. The big splits are home and road. Away from the friendly ballpark for pitchers that is Busch Stadium, Oviedo has a 5.92 ERA and batters have hit .283/.410/.485 against him with 20 walks and just 14 strikeouts in six starts.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 1:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 85°, mostly cloudy, 13% chance of rain
News and Notes
Luis Castillo’s ERA goes up over night
The official scorer made a change in yesterday’s game, turning an error by Eugenio Suárez into a hit and as a result that turned the run from unearned to earned against Luis Castillo. That would give him an ERA of 4.20 on the season. His ERA over his last 10 starts also jumped up to 1.71. Kind of rude if you as me.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs