The Cincinnati Reds hit the road tonight as they begin a series with the 4th place Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. First pitch is set for 8:05pm ET.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Wilson Contreras – C|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Kris Bryant – RF|
|Aristides Aquino – RF||Anthony Rizzo – 1B|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Matt Duffy – 3B|
|Eugenio Suarez – 3B||Patrick Wisdom – LF|
|Tyler Naquin – CF||David Bote – 2B|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Jake Marisnick – CF|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Nico Hoerner – SS|
|Wade Miley – SP||Kyle Hendricks – SP|
It’s been a strong season for Wade Miley in 2021. The lefty has made 17 starts and has a 2.72 ERA through 102.2 innings for the Reds this year. He’s faced the Cubs twice this season and allowed two earned runs in both starts that saw a combined 11.2 innings pitched. The most recent one came earlier this month on July 4th when he threw 6.2 innings against Chicago.
As we have continuously pointed out on Wade Miley start days – teams don’t put lefties in the lineup against him very often. Through 17 starts left-handed hitters have managed just 86 plate appearances against him compared to 338 from right-handed hitters. The lefties deemed good enough to face him have found next to no success as they have hit .198/.244/.222 with two doubles and no home runs. By comparison righties are killing the ball against Miley – but that’s only by comparison because of how poorly lefties have performed. Right-handed hitters have a .247/.301/.388 line this season against Miley. There are some home/road splits working for Miley, too. On the road hitters have just a .570 OPS against him (.708 at home), and his ERA is 2.52 (2.91 at home).
Pitch usage from 2021
Maybe one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball over the last decade, Kyle Hendricks has made 20 starts for the Cubs and had a 3.61 ERA this season in 117.1 innings. He has given up the most hits in the league with 125, but he’s also walked just 23 batters on the year to go along with 87 strikeouts. He’s only faced the Reds once this season and it was back on July 4th when he and Miley squared off. Cincinnati only scored one run in 6.0 innings against him on that day, but the Reds came out ahead by scoring twice off of the Cubs relievers to win 3-2.
Left-handed batters are hitting .289/.347/.512 against Hendricks this year. Right-handed hitters are having less success, posting a .256/.282/.420 line. His home/road splits are similar when it comes to the slash lines (.002 difference), but his home ERA is 3.90 and it’s 3.34 on the road.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 8:05pm ET
- Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 87°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Cincinnati Reds updated Top 25 Prospect List
This morning the Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospect List was updated over at RedsMinorLeagues.com. At the top of the list is Hunter Greene. Several players have really jumped up the list since the last update, though. In a strange twist for a Reds list – it feels a lot more pitching heavy than position player heavy. If prospect lists are your jam, go give it a read.
Nick Castellanos is healing up
David Bell said Nick Castellanos could begin some baseball activities tomorrow. Made "great progress over the weekend." #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) July 26, 2021
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs