The Cincinnati Reds will look to pick up the series win over the Miami Marlins this evening after last night’s victory in the series opener.
|Miguel Rojas – SS||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Jazz Chisholm – 2B||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Jesús Aguilar – 1B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Lewis Brinson – CF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Brian Anderson – 3B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Jorge Alfaro – LF||Aristides Aquino – LF|
|Bryan De La Cruz – RF||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Alex Jackson – C||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Zach Thompson – SP||Wade Miley – SP|
It’s been a very good season for Wade Miley and he’s coming off of a 7-inning, shutout performance with seven strikeouts against the Cubs in his last outing. On the season he’s made 22 starts with a 2.84 ERA in 133.0 innings.
Teams haven’t started many lefties against Miley this year and for good reason, too. Even the ones who are deemed good enough to face him have hit just .192/.245/.242 against him on the year in 107 trips to the plate. Righties have had more success, but only by comparison. They’ve managed to hit just .248/.311/.385 on the year in 444 plate appearances against him. Miley has pitched better at home, at least when it comes to ERA as his 2.30 mark at Great American Ball Park bests his 3.39 mark on the road.
Pitch usage from 2021
27-year-old rookie Zach Thompson has had a good season for Miami in 2021. He’s made 11 starts with a 2.91 ERA. He doesn’t go deep into games, throwing just 52.2 innings on the year, and he doesn’t miss bats at a high rate as he’s struck out just 48 batters (and hasn’t had more than 5 strikeouts in a single game since July 4th). He does keep the ball in the park, though, giving up just four homers on the season, and he’s done a good job limiting hits with just 39 against him on the season.
He’s dominated right-handed hitters, holding them to a .170/.231/.274 line on the season in 118 plate appearances. Lefties have had more success, hitting .247/.347/.400 against him in 98 trips to the plate. Thompson has pitched worse on the road, with a 3.86 ERA (2.27 at home) and an OPS advantage for opposing hitters that’s 74 points higher than at home (.658 to .584).
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 86°, cloudy, 2% chance of rain
News and Notes
Hunter Greene suspended in Triple-A
Earlier this week Hunter Greene was ejected from the game for what seems like the umpires belief that he purposefully threw a pitch behind a batter. He is now facing a 3-game suspension over the incident, which will push his next start back several days.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs