The Cincinnati Reds will look to beat the Chicago Cubs one more time at Wrigley Field as the two teams close out their 4-game series this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2:20pm ET.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Rafael Ortega – CF|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Willson Contreras – C|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Patrick Wisdom – 1B|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Javier Báez – SS|
|Tyler Naquin – RF||Ian Happ – LF|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Matt Duffy – 3B|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Jason Heyward – RF|
|Shogo Akiyama – CF||David Bote – 2B|
|Luis Castillo – SP||Alec Mills – SP|
Over the last two months you could argue that Luis Castillo is the best pitcher in baseball. Since the start of June he’s posted a 1.71 ERA in 10 starts and held opponents to a .512 OPS in 63.1 innings pitched. He’s faced the Cubs twice this season – both times in May, allowing five earned runs in 10.1 innings.
Castillo’s been a bit better against right-handed hitters this season than left-handed hitters. Righties have a .249/.305/.376 line against him, while lefties are hitting .251/.360/.361 against him. He’s also been better at home than on the road, with a 4.50 ERA away from Great American Ball Park this season (3.94 at home).
Pitch usage from 2021
Mills has worked in both the rotation and bullpen this year. He’s made eight starts and had 12 relief appearances, throwing 57.1 total innings with a 4.55 ERA, 20 walks, and 47 strikeouts. On July 2nd he made a start against the Reds and struck out nine batters while allowing two runs on two hits in 5.2 innings. He’s made seven starts in a row dating back to mid-June and has a 3.48 ERA in that stretch and has allowed just two home runs in 33.2 innings.
Left-handed hitters have a .265/.363/.418 line against him with 10 walk and 20 strikeouts this season. Right-handed batters have a .276/.328/.402 line against him with 10 walks and 27 strikeouts on the year. He’s shows big home and road splits – pitching much better at Wrigley. His ERA at home is 3.00 (5.93 on the road) and he’s holding batters to a .250/.291/.394 line in Chicago compared to a .289/.386/.421 line on the road.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 2:20pm ET
- Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 79°, partly cloudy, 2% chance of rain
News and Notes
The Cincinnati Reds front office can not be stopped! Ok, so that’s probably not true. And the trade that they made today feels mostly inconsequential, but they did trade Ashton Goudeau to the Colorado Rockies this morning for cash considerations.
Ryan Hendrix optioned to Triple-A, sort of
To make room on the 26-man roster for Mychal Givens the Reds optioned Ryan Hendrix to Triple-A, but he was also added to the taxi squad for the road trips so he will not be joining up with the Bats just yet.
Joey Votto to the moon
Unless you’ve been on the moon for the last week or month, you’ve noticed that Joey Votto has been absolutely on fire. He’s homered in five straight games and he’s hit two home runs in each of the last two games. Since coming off of the injured list on June 8th he’s hit .310/.416/.632 with 14 home runs in 44 games played. Over his last nine games he is hitting .469/.561/1.281 – good for an OPS of 1.842
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs