The Cincinnati Reds will look to bounce back from a devastating loss last night that saw the Minnesota Twins hit a 3-run go-ahead homer in the top of the 9th inning. First pitch is set for 12:35pm.
|Max Kepler – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Brent Rooker – LF||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Jorge Polanco – SS||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Luis Arraez – 3B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Miguel Sano – 1B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Trevor Larnach – RF||Eugenio Suarez – 3B|
|Nick Gordon – 2B||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|Ryan Jeffers – C||Shogo Akiyama – CF|
|Charlie Barnes – SP||Luis Castillo – 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 1.95 ERA in 11 starts and held opponents to a .553 OPS in 69.1 innings pitched.
Castillo’s been a bit better against right-handed hitters this season than left-handed hitters. Righties have a .253/.306/.397 line against him, while lefties are hitting .253/.365/.360 against him. He’s also been better at home than on the road, posting a 3.94 ERA at home (4.50 on the road).
Pitch usage from 2021
There’s not a ton to write about Charlie Barnes from a big league perspective. The 25-year-old has made one appearance in the majors and it came three weeks ago when he allowed a run on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in 4.2 innings against the Tigers.
In Triple-A this season he posted a 4.24 ERA in 63.2 innings with 23 walks and 54 strikeouts. The left-handed starter showed reverse splits this year in the minors as he found far more success against righties than lefties. Right-handed hitters hit just .244/.313/.363 against him. Lefites hit .286/.375/.486 against him.
Take the pitch usage data below with a grain of salt because it’s accounting for just one game of information.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 77°, sunny, 1% chance of rain
News and Notes
Nick Castellanos is close to returning
David Bell said Nick Castellanos will take BP on the field again today. "We might be a day away from seeing him back." #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 4, 2021
Nick Lodolo promoted to Triple-A
The Cincinnati Reds have promoted their #2 prospect Nick Lodolo to Triple-A. The left-handed pitcher had a 1.84 ERA in 10 starts with Double-A Chattanooga this season.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs