If the Cincinnati Reds have any chance to win the division this year they almost have to sweep the series that they are starting tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. First pitch is set for 8:10pm ET.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Kolten Wong – 2B|
|Tyler Naquin – LF||Willy Adames – SS|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Christian Yelich – LF|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Avisaíl García – RF|
|Mike Moustakas – 3B||Omar Narváez – C|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Luis Urías – 3B|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Rowdy Tellez – 1B|
|Shogo Akiyama – CF||Lorenzo Cain – CF|
|Tyler Mahle – SP||Corbin Burnes – SP|
The Brewers have seen Tyler Mahle three times this season. The first time went well for Cincinnati as Mahle fanned 12 and allowed a run in 6.0 innings in a 2-1 victory. The next two times weren’t quite as good as he allowed three runs in 6.0 innings on July 8th and then five runs in 5.1 innings on July 16th against Milwaukee.
Pitching on the road has been where Tyler Mahle has thrived this season. His OPS against is 325 points lower on the road (.553) and his ERA is 1.86 (6.00 at home). He’s been far more successful against lefties than righties, with lefties hitting just .180/.259/.280 against him, but righties posting a .274/.344/.522 line.
Pitch usage from 2021
One of the best pitchers in the game, Burnes has a 2.13 ERA this year. He’s only faced the Reds once this season but he dominated as he struck out 12 in 8.1 innings in Cincinnati on July 18th.
His splits don’t give much of a good game plan as lefties hold the better side of the platoon against him but are hitting just .215/.261/.289. Righties are hitting just .181/.224/.248 against him on the season. He has pitched worse at home, but that’s just about context. At home his ERA is 2.38 (1.87 on the road) and batters are hitting .203/.252/.270 against him in Milwaukee (.502 OPS on the road).
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 8:10pm ET
- Where: American Family Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv,
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: It’s a dome.
News and Notes
Tejay Antone activated, Sean Doolittle DFA’d
We knew one of these moves was coming. We were unsure where the other shoe would drop to make it happen. But this afternoon we found out who was on the move out of Cincinnati and it was Sean Doolittle who was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Tejay Antone as he comes off of the injured list.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs