The Cincinnati Reds will look to avoid a sweep this evening as they take on the Atlanta Braves. First pitch is set for 5:10pm today.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Ozzie Albies – 2B|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Jorge Soler – RF|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Freddie Freeman – 1B|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Austin Riley – 3B|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Dansby Swanson – SS|
|Aristides Aquino – RF||Adam Duvall – LF|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Joc Pederson – CF|
|Tyler Naquin – CF||Stephen Vogt – C|
|Vladimir Gutierrez – SP||Kyle Muller – SP|
Coming off of his two best starts of his big league career, Vladimir Gutierrez will look to keep that going. He’s given up just one earned run in each of his last two starts that have covered 13.0 innings while striking out 10.
Vladimir Gutierrez has some strange split. Lefties have hit just .237 against him this season. But they hit for plenty of power (.466 SLG) and walk nearly as often as they strikeout against him (18 walks, 19 strikeouts). Righties have hit .255/.325/.455 against him. They make a lot less contact, hit for less power, walk less, but also find more hits. But it’s his home and road splits that are really drastic. On the road his OPS against is .665 – a full 309 points lower than it is at home. His ERA is also much better, sitting at 3.11 on the road compared to 5.93 at home.
Pitch usage from 2021
After beginning the year in the minors, Kyle Muller has found himself in the big leagues for the most part since mid-June, and he’s found tons of success along the way, too. He’s made seven starts and one relief appearance while posting a 2.88 ERA in 34.1 innings for Atlanta. His best start of the year came against the Reds on June 27th when he threw 5.0 shutout innings on one hit and two walks while striking out nine.
The 23-year-old lefty has very big splits, granted in a small sample size. He’s only faced a lefty 31 times this season but they are hitting just .107/.194/.107 against him. Righties have hit better, but aren’t having any success either, posting a .202/.318/.292 line against him. His numbers are worse at home where he had a 4.43 ERA (0.64 on the road in three starts).
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 5:10pm ET
- Where: Truist Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 81°, 55% chance of rain
News and Notes
Nick Castellanos available off the bench
There’s some swelling on the foot of Nick Castellanos after he was hit last night. The x-rays were negative, but he’s not in the starting lineup today.
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