The Cincinnati Reds will look to continue their winning ways against the Pittsburgh Pirates in game three of their series tonight at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET.
|Hoy Park – SS||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Bryan Reynolds – CF||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Colin Moran – 1B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Gregory Polanco – RF||Mike Moustakas – 3B|
|Rodolfo Castro – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Anthony Alford – LF||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Michael Perez – C||Shogo Akiyama – CF|
|Mitch Keller – SP||Vladimir Gutierrez – SP|
After a poor start on July 19th against New York, Vladimir Gutierrez has rebounded to allow just three runs in his last two starts – including his 7-inning, 1-run performance against the Mets. That lowered his ERA on the year to 4.39 in 67.2 innings. He’s walked a fine line this season, though, as a high-home run pitcher who has a high walk rate and a low strikeout rate.
There are some splits in play for Gutierrez. Lefties are hitting .241/.338/.483 against him this season with more walks – 17- than strikeouts – 16. Righties are hitting .246/.321/.435. The big splits, though, are in his home and road splits. He’s only made four home starts, but his ERA in Great American Ball Park is 7.17 (3.11 on the road). Hitters have hit .310/.384/.632 against him at home, while their road OPS is just .665.
Pitch usage from 2021
It’s been a tough season for Mitch Keller. In his 13 starts he’s posted a 7.05 ERA in 52.1 innings. He’s been quite hittable, giving up 64 hits – and 7 homers – while walking 29 batters with 53 strikeouts.
Today will only be his second start in the big leagues since June 10th. He was optioned back to the minors and made eight starts in Triple-A before returning on Sunday to start against Philadelphia (5IP, 8H, 4ER, 2K). Both righties and lefties have hit him well, with lefties having a .907 OPS against him this season and righties having an .869 OPS against him. He has pitched better on the road, posting a 4.82 ERA (8.29 ERA at home).
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 7:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 83°, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain
News and Notes
Tejay Antone heads out for a rehab assignment
The Cincinnati Reds announced this afternoon that reliever Tejay Antone would be joining Triple-A Louisville today to begin a rehab assignment. Antone last pitched on June 24th.
Reds 1st round pick has a big debut
Matt McLain made his pro debut last night in Goodyear for the Reds team at the complex level and tripled in his first at-bat and added a double later in the game.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs