The Cincinnati Reds (69-58) will look to rebound from a painful blown lead last night to the Milwaukee Brewers (77-49) tonight at 8:10 PM. The Reds enter play on Wednesday 8.5 games back in the NL Central. The Reds continue to hold the NL second wild card spot with a 1.0 game lead thanks the Padres losing again last night. The Padres have lost 10 of 12.
Luis Castillo‘s last two starts have been great (13.2 IP, 4 R, 3 BB, 15 K). Castillo had the one bad start in Cleveland, but other than that has been a completely dominant SP since the beginning of June with a 2.73 ERA. Castillo has a 3.26 ERA in 16 career starts against the Brewers (2.79 ERA in 5 starts this season).
Brandon Woodruff is coming off his worst start of the season against the Cardinals: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 HR. Overall though, Woodruff, like his teammate Corbin Burnes yesterday, is in serious consideration for the NL Cy Young. Woodruff’s numbers just continue a steady stream of improvement over the last 3 seasons. He has a career 3.45 ERA in 8 starts against the Reds (1.54 ERA in 2 starts this season).
|1. Jonathan India (2B)
2. Tyler Naquin (CF)
3. Nick Castellanos (RF)
4. Joey Votto (1B)
5. Mike Moustakas (3B)
6. Kyle Farmer (SS)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Aristides Aquino (LF)
9. Luis Castillo (P)
|1. Kolten Wong (2B)
2. Omar Narvaez (C)
3. Christian Yelich (LF)
4. Avisail Garcia (RF)
5. Rowdy Tellez (1B)
6. Luis Urias (SS)
7. Jace Peterson (3B)
8. Lorenzo Cain (CF)
9. Brandon Woodruff (P)
News and Notes
All-Star OF Nick Castellanos is likely to opt out with $34M, 2 yrs to go, joining Conforto, Marte and Schwarber at top of free agent OF list (*A.J. Pollock and Avi Garcia may qualify to opt out on plate PA, **Not counting Chris Taylor or Kris Bryant who play all over) @MLBNetwork
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 25, 2021
David Bell says Jesse Winker is rehabbing in Cincinnati. “Not doing baseball, no swinging or anything like that yet.”
“Still a couple weeks away."
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) August 25, 2021
David Bell says there will be a lot more info on Tejay Antone in “the next day or so.”
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) August 25, 2021
Hunter Greene was phenomenal.
Final Line: 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 K pic.twitter.com/NdRFIdiRXL
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) August 25, 2021
The Reds chances of winning the NL Central sit a very slim 1.6% according to Fangraphs. The Reds really need to win both of these next two games to really have any sort of chance should the Brewers fade fast down the stretch. Borrowing a Brewers collapse, these games really aren’t any more important that Reds upcoming games against the Marlins, Cubs, Pirates or Tigers. The Reds just need to find a way to win as many games as the Padres the rest of the way. Go Reds!