The Cincinnati Reds (63-54) continue their push towards the playoffs as they meet the Philadelphia Phillies (60-56) in the second game of the weekend series in Philadelphia. The Reds gained back a game on the San Diego Padres last night and are currently 2.5 games out of the second wild card spot. The Phillies, also fighting for a playoff spot, are tied for first place with the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
- Time: 4:05 ET
- Place: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
- Weather: 89 degrees; partly sunny and humid with a possibility of thunderstorms
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Fox Sports 1
- Radio: 700 WLW
This afternoon, Luis Castillo will try to rebound from his poor start on Monday against the Cleveland Indians where he gave up eight runs in 3.1 innings. Before that start, Castillo had actually been pitching pretty well, given how his season had started in April, and had reduced his ERA to a respectable 4.22. In June, he allowed only six earned runs, including just one home run, in 31.2 innings; in July, he allowed only nine runs in 37.2 innings.
August started off well with Castillo pitching six innings of one-run baseball with seven strikeouts against the Twins, and then the game against the Indians happened. Castillo has had to bounce back from terrible starts already this season. Let’s hope he can do that again this afternoon.
Castillo’s slider is still one of the best, and he has had similar whiff rates on that pitch from a year ago (right around 42 percent). However, it’s his change up and four-seam fastball that he hasn’t been able to figure out. His whiff rates are down to about 30 percent for both pitches, compared to 37-40 percent a year ago. He’s also given up more home runs off those pitches this season than in the past.
Left-hander Matt Moore is not having a good season with the Phillies, and he hasn’t had much success in the last few years bouncing around from the San Francisco Giants to the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers before landing in Philadelphia this season.
Moore has started nine of the 17 games he’s appeared in 2021 and has given up 38 earned runs in 50.1 innings, including 12 home runs. He’s below the 50th percentile in the league for nearly every Statcast category. It’s a far cry from his years with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012-2013 where he pitched 150 innings, put up sub-4.00 ERAs, and made an All-Star appearance in 2013.
Moore throws four pitches, but really just throws the four-seam fastball most of the time with a few change ups and curve balls mixed in there. He’s not a hard-throwing pitcher, with his fastball averaging 92.2 mph this season and his change up and curve ball averaging in the low-80s. Moore does have a whiff rate of 37.3 percent with his change up, but that’s the only pitch in which he’s really gotten batters to swing and miss.
|2B Jonathan India||2B Jean Segura|
|SS Kyle Farmer||C J.T. Realmuto|
|RF Nick Castellanos||RF Bryce Harper|
|1B Joey Votto||SS Didi Gregorius|
|C Tyler Stephenson||LF Andrew McCutchen|
|3B Eugenio Suárez||1B Brad Miller|
|LF Aristides Aquino||3B Ronald Torreyes|
|CF Tyler Naquin||CF Odubel Herrera|
|P Luis Castillo||P Matt Moore|
-Jesse Winker is out of the lineup again today. It appears to be precautionary.
Reds manager David Bell said he made the decision not to play Winker last night to be on the safe side. Winker will be examined again today and could be available off the bench.
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) August 14, 2021
-The Joey Votto hit watch continues. After last night’s home run, Votto is just two hits shy of 2,000. He could very well break that milestone today.
News and Notes
Speaking of Joey Votto, if you’re not appreciating what he is doing right now with the bat, I don’t know how to help you. My advice is to just sit back and enjoy.
— Nick Kirby (@Nicholaspkirby) August 14, 2021
The Louisville Bats had an excellent game last night. Check out the recap of that one and the other games in the Reds minor league system here.
And speaking of the Louisville Bats, Nick Senzel is currently on a rehab assignment with them and had two extra-base hits last night.
Almost had it!
Senzel strolls in for his 2nd XBH game of the ballgame ? pic.twitter.com/elLTm3NNuH
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) August 14, 2021