The Cincinnati Reds will begin a 3-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies tonight. The Reds will be looking to build on their blowout win of Atlanta from Thursday and start a much needed winning streak. First pitch tonight is set for 7:05pm.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Odúbel Herrera – CF|
|Tyler Naquin – LF||Jean Segura – 2B|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Bryce Harper – RF|
|Joey Votto – 1B||J.T. Realmuto – C|
|Mike Moustakas – 3B||Didi Gregorius – SS|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Andrew McCutchen – LF|
|Eugenio Suárez – SS||Brad Miller – 1B|
|Shogo Akiyama – CF||Ronald Torreyes – 3B|
|Tyler Mahle – SP||Zack Wheeler – SP|
It’s been a quality season for Tyler Mahle in 2021. He’s made 23 starts and posted a 3.78 ERA with 148 strikeouts in 123.2 innings for the Reds.
But he’s had some big time splits all year long. He’s dominated left-handed batters, holding them to a .179/.265/.271 line on the year. Right-handed hitters are doing much better, hitting .273/.346/.531 against him on the season. He’s allowed just three homers to lefties, but 15 to righties in just 30 more plate appearances. Mahle has also shown huge home and road splits. Away from Cincinnati he’s posted a 2.06 ERA in 65.2 innings while holding hitters to a .192/.283/.295 line and allowed just three home runs. At home he’s given up 15 and has an ERA of 5.74.
Pitch usage from 2021
After years of struggling to stay healthy, health has finally found Zack Wheeler in the last few years and he’s been outstanding. In the last two seasons he’s made 34 starts for Philadelphia and posted a 2.58 ERA in 227.0 innings and been one of the best pitchers in the game. The last time he took the mound he tossed a complete game 2-hitter with 11 strikeouts against the Mets. It was his 6th double-digit strikeout game of the season.
Wheeler has more than handled both lefties and righties this season, with a .573 OPS against from righties and a .557 OPS against from lefties. His home and road splits are a bit different – though both are good. Unfortunately for the Reds he’s pitching at home and that’s the strong-side split as he has a 2.02 ERA at home with a .191/.229/.295 line from opposing batters.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 7:05pm ET
- Where: Citizens Bank Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 92°, partly cloudy, 20% chance of rain
News and Notes
Jesse Winker scratched from the lineup
About 30 minutes prior to the game the lineup changed and saw Jesse Winker replaced by Shogo Akiyama. Tyler Naquin slides from center to left, while Akiyama moves into center. No word on why this move happened.
How much longer can the Reds keep Jose Barrero in Triple-A?
Earlier today I wrote about just how good Jose Barrero is playing for Triple-A Louisville and wondered aloud just how much longer the team can keep him in the minor leagues?
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs