The Cincinnati Reds will look to pick up a series win over the Chicago Cubs tonight after winning in a blowout on Monday night in the opener of their 3-game series at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is set for 7:10pm.
|Rafael Ortega – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Frank Schwindel – 1B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Ian Happ – LF||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Patrick Wisdom – 3B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Jason Heyward – RF||Mike Moustakas – 3B|
|David Bote – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Austin Romine – C||Tyler Naquin – LF|
|Andrew Romine – SS||Shogo Akiyama – CF|
|Kyle Hendricks – SP||Vladimir Gutierrez – SP|
The Reds have had some good rookie performances this year, and Vladimir Gutierrez is one of them. The 25-year-old has started 14 games and posted a 3.95 ERA this season. He has walked quite the tight rope, though, as he’s had plenty of walks and very few strikeouts while also allowing plenty of home runs this season. In August, though, the walks have been low, as have the homers, while the strikeouts have been up.
The Cubs have faced Gutierrez twice this season – in his Major League debut on May 28th and then again on July 27th. He gave up three total runs in 11.1 innings between those two games. Both were in Chicago and against vastly different lineups than the one he will see tonight. He’s found more success against lefties this season, holding them to a .218/.306/.430 line – but that’s been with 18 walks and 22 strikeouts. Righties have hit .268/.339/.452 against him this year. The big split for Gutierrez, though, is at home versus the road. In Cincinnati he has a 5.93 ERA in 27.1 innings while giving up eight home runs. On the road his ERA has been .292 and he’s allowed just five homers in 52.1 innings. His home OPS against is 329 points higher than it is on the road.
Pitch usage from 2021
One of the most underrated pitchers in baseball over the last half-decade plus, Kyle Hendricks is having a down year. After posting an ERA of 3.00 in the previous five seasons, Hendricks has a 4.15 ERA this season but is also leading the league in both wins and hits allowed.
Twice in July the Reds faced Kyle Hendricks. On the 4th they scored just one run in 6.0 innings, but on the 26th they touched him up for five runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings. Lefties have crushed Hendricks this year, hitting .295/.361/.536 against him this season. Righties have found some success, too, but not nearly as much, posting a .270/.296/.440 line against him. Right-handed hitters have just seven walks in 333 plate appearances against him this season (LHH have 23 in 266 PA). He’s been much better on the road than at home, with a 3.13 ERA away from Chicago this season (5.17 at home).
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
Reds call up Santillan, DFA Hembree
Cincinnati announced this afternoon that they had designated Heath Hembree for assignment and recalled Tony Santillan from Triple-A Louisville.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs