The Cincinnati Reds will be looking to avoid the 3-game sweep at the hands of the first place Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon. First pitch is set for 2:10pm ET. The game is available as a Free Game of the Day via MLB.tv (out of market) and MLB Network.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Kolten Wong – 2B|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Omar Narvaez – C|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Christian Yelich – LF|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Avisail Garcia – RF|
|Aristides Aquino – LF||Rowdy Tellez – 1B|
|Eugenio Suarez – 3B||Luis Urias – SS|
|Tyler Naquin – CF||Jace Peterson – 3B|
|Jose Barrero – SS||Jackie Bradley Jr. – CF|
|Sonny Gray – SP||Brett Anderson – SP|
Something funny happened the last time that Sonny Gray took the mound…. he started throwing a cutter. A lot. There had been two pitches that were classified as cutters by Gray this season. But he threw 20 of them in his last start, cutting back usage on his curveball and other two fastballs a little bit. And did that plan ever work – he allowed one hit in 7.0 shutout innings against the Marlins.
Gray has dominated left-handed hitters this season, holding them to a .203/.289/.328 line this season. Righties have found more success, hitting .274/.347/.437 against him. Gray has also been better on the road than he has at home this season. Away from Cincinnati his OPS against is 94 points lower (.650 on the road) and his ERA is 3.38 in eight games (4.75 at home).
Pitch usage from 2021
The Brewers lefty has a 4.15 ERA this season in 19 starts that have covered 82.1 innings. His 60% ground ball rate is 4th best in baseball among pitchers with at least 80 innings this year. Anderson doesn’t miss bats, but he doesn’t walk many guys, either. Nor does he pitch deep into games, averaging 4.1 innings per start this season.
Anderson has had mixed results against Cincinnati this year. IN May he held them to two runs in 5.0 innings. Then on June 9th the Reds touched him up for five runs in 3.0 innings. But he faced them again the next week and allowed one hit in 7-shutout innings that included nine strikeouts – his only gave all year with more than FOUR this season. He’s only had three games with more than three strikeouts this year.
Lefties don’t get many opportunities to face Anderson. He’s only had 74 plate appearances against lefties this year compared to 276 against righties. But the lefties who do get to face him have fared well, hitting .303/.356/.424 against him this year. Righties are hitting .257/.308/.423 against him this season. He’s been better at home, posting a 3.13 ERA (5.00 on the road) while holding batters to a .716 OPS.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 2:10pm ET
- Where: American Family Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, MLB Network (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: It’s a dome.
News and Notes
Tejay Antone to undergo Tommy John surgery
This morning Tejay Antone broke the news on twitter that he would be undergoing a second Tommy John surgery on Friday. If you want more details about that we covered it here.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs