The Cincinnati Reds (58-51) have won seven of their last nine games. They will look to continue to build on that momentum Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates (41-68) in the second game of a four game series in downtown Cincinnati.
- Time: 7:10 ET
- Location: Great American Ball Park
- Weather: 85 degrees and partly cloudy
- TV: Bally Sport Ohio and MLB.tv for out-of-market fans
- Radio: 700 WLW
Right-hander JT Brubaker has had an up and down season for the Pirates, with some brilliant performances and some terrible performances. July was especially not kind to him, as he gave up 18 runs in 24.2 innings, including eight home runs. It’s the most runs he’s surrendered in a month up to this point this season.
However, he has pitched well against the Reds this season. In his first start of the season on April 5, he pitched four innings and allowed just one run on three hits while striking out six at Great American Ball Park. Almost exactly one month later at PNC Park, he went six innings and allowed only one run on five hits and struck out four Reds batters.
Brubaker’s best pitch is his slider. He has a 41.6 percent whiff rate with it. However, because it has also been his most thrown pitch in 2021, he has also given up the most home runs (9) off it. He throws his slider more to right-handed batters, but he’s not afraid to also throw it to lefties. Brubaker also doesn’t walk a lot of batters. His BB% is only 6.6% and he ranks in the 85 percentile in the league for walk percentage.
Remember in spring training when everyone was doubting Wade Miley’s capability? I do, because I was one of the few saying that people were unfairly criticizing him before the season began. A little bit of luck may factor into his 2.92 ERA, since he also has a 3.96 xERA and a 4.04 xFIP. However, no one can doubt the results. Miley has been a solid mainstay in the rotation all season and the Reds have relied on him to stop a losing streak at times. And oh yeah, he has also thrown a no-hitter as well.
|SS Kevin Newman||2B Jonathan India|
|3B Ke’Bryan Hayes||LF Jesse Winker|
|CF Bryan Reynolds||RF Nick Castellanos|
|1B John Nogowski||1B Joey Votto|
|C Jacob Stallings||3B Mike Moustakas|
|RF Gregory Polanco||SS Kyle Farmer|
|2B Rodolfo Castro||CF Tyler Naquin|
|LF Phillip Evans||C Tucker Barnhart|
|P JT Brubaker||P Wade Miley|
Jesse Winker probably hits the best against Brubaker, with a .400 batting average including a home run in five at-bats. Nick Castellanos hits .375 against him in eight at-bats.
Kevin Newman, Gregory Polanco, and Bryan Reynolds all have batting averages above .333 against Miley, albeit in limited at-bats.
News and Notes
The Moose is back!
Moustakas is at third base tonight. In his pregame media session, David Bell said he and Eugenio Suarez will split time there.
David Bell says it'll primarily be a lefty/righty split with Mike Moustakas and Eugenio Suárez at third base for the next week or so. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 6, 2021
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