After sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates the Cincinnati Reds head to Cleveland to make up a game that was rained out back in May. They’ll take on the freshly minted Cleveland Guardians with first pitch set for 6:10pm tonight.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Myles Straw – CF|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Amed Rosario – SS|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||José Ramírez – 3B|
|Joey Votto – DH||Franmil Reyes – DH|
|Tyler Stephenson – 1B||Harold Ramirez – LF|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Bradley Zimmer – RF|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Wilson Ramos – C|
|Aristides Aquino – CF||Owen Miller – 1B|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Andrés Giménez – 2B|
Since the beginning of June you could argue that Luis Castillo is the best pitcher in baseball. He’s made 12 starts in that span with a 1.91 ERA in 75.1 innings. He’s held opposing batters to a .199/.287/.281 line in that span.
Castillo’s been a bit better against right-handed hitters this season than left-handed hitters. Righties have a .249/.300/.388 line against him, while lefties are hitting .258/.365/.375 against him. Castillo has pitched better at home than on the road. In 11 road starts he’s posted a 4.50 ERA (3.72 at home) and hitters have a 42 point advantage in OPS when away from Cincinnati against Castillo.
Pitch usage from 2021
It’s been a tough rookie year for Sam Hentges. He’s split time between the bullpen and rotation. He even sent back to the minors for two weeks in July before being recalled in the final week. His last two appearances have come out of the bullpen where he’s thrown just one inning in each game, and even when he was in Triple-A he was pitching out of the bullpen. He hasn’t thrown more than 33 pitches in a game since July 7th.
With an ERA of 7.86 on the season you’d expect both lefties and righties to have plenty of success against him, but that’s not the case. The left-handed pitcher has had a moderate amount of success against lefties as he’s held them to a .256/.347/.372 line in 50 plate appearances this season. Righties, though, have crushed him to the tune of .366/.437/.579 in 167 plate appearances. He’s pitched better at home than on the road, but even at home his ERA is 6.38 (18.1 innings).
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 6:10pm ET
- Where: Progressive Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 89°, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain at first pitch, but increasing as the game goes on
News and Notes
The winner of the game tonight gets the Ohio Cup. The Reds are currently up 3-2 in the series this year, but a split of the season series means Cleveland keeps it.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs