The Cincinnati Reds welcome in the new but not likely improved Chicago Cubs to Great American Ball Park on Monday to start up a new series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.
|Matt Duffy – 3B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Frank Schwindel – 1B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Patrick Wisdom – LF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|David Bote – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Robinson Chirinos – C||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Jason Heyward – RF||Aristides Aquino – LF|
|Johneshwy Fargas – CF||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Sergio Alcántara – SS||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Justin Steele – SP||Wade Miley – SP|
With a 3.00 ERA in 21 starts this season, Wade Miley has been the best starter the Cincinnati Reds have had this season. Tonight will be the 4th time that Miley has faced the Cubs. In his first two he allowed two runs in each, one that went 5.0 innings and the other that went 6.2, but on July 26th he allowed three while walking five batters and giving up seven hits in just 4.2 innings. That was against a very different Cubs lineup than the one he’ll face tonight.
Wade Miley doesn’t face many lefties and for good reason. The ones deemed good enough to remain in the lineup against him have hit .200/.255/.253 on the season in 103 plate appearances. Righties have found more success, though they still haven’t been good, posting a .251/.313/.392 line against him. From an ERA standpoint, Miley’s pitched better at home (2.56 to 3.39), but hitters have a higher OPS in Cincinnati against him (.690 to .643).
Pitch usage from 2021
The 26-year-old lefty will be making just his second big league start tonight. He’s made 11 appearances for the Cubs out of the bullpen this year and thrown just a total of 18.1 innings for Chicago. He’s posted a 2.95 ERA and struck out 22 batters with eight walks in that span. He has faced Cincinnati twice this year – both times out of the bullpen, and they’ve scored four runs against him in 3.0 innings. Both games came in the same series at the end of April/beginning of May.
Steele was injured and missed almost all of June before heading to Triple-A where he made four relief appearances and then moved into the rotation and made five starts before being called up last week to start against Milwaukee. It’s tough to put much into his splits because the sample size is so small, but lefties are just 2-22 against him this year with a home run. Righties are 10-45 (.222) but are slugging .467 against him with half of those 10 hits allowed being extra-base hits.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 7:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 78°, cloudy, 12% chance of rain
News and Notes
Jose Barrero called up, Jesse Winker to the IL
The Cincinnati Reds made a set of roster moves today. Jesse Winker’s been placed on the injured list with an intercostal strain. Shortstop Jose Barrero has been called up to take his spot on the 26-man roster. We’ve got quotes from David Bell on Barrero here, who apparently will be coming off of the bench.
Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com I did more of a deep dive on Jose Barrero’s 2021 season, the changes he’s made, and what we could expect *if* he were given enough playing time.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs