The Cincinnati Reds (71-59) try to make it three wins in a row and five straight wins against the Miami Marlins (53-76) Saturday night at loanDepot Park. Tonight’s pitching match-up will be a rematch of last Sunday’s game at Great American Ball Park when Vladimir Gutierrez won a pitching duel with Sandy Alcantara.
- Time: 6:10 pm ET
- Place: loanDepot Park, Miami, Florida
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio
- Radio: 700 WLW
The rookie right-hander Gutierrez has been good in the Reds rotation and one reason why they currently sit in a playoff spot. In 93.0 innings with the big league team, he’s allowed 38 runs while striking out 73 batters and walking 35. Earlier in the season, he was on a bit of a roller coaster ride with some not-so-good outings, but in the month of August, Gutierrez has a 1.67 ERA in 32.1 innings, allowing only six runs and seven walks while striking out 31 batters.
Opposing batters have yet to figure out Gutierrez’s slider, as he has a 39.0% whiff rate with it. He has only used that pitch 23% of the time, however, as he does rely mostly on his fastball.
In his last start against the Marlins at GABP, he allowed only one run on three hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings. That was at home, where he has a 4.65 ERA. He has pitched better on the road, owning a 2.92 ERA in 52.1 innings. The biggest reason for that is because he has allowed nine home runs at GABP, as opposed to only five in away ballparks.
The Reds will face right-handed pitcher Alcantara for the second time in a week, this time at his home ballpark. In his fifth season and fourth with the Marlins, he’s pitched to a 3.35 ERA in 26 starts. With only a 7.1% walk rate, he doesn’t walk a lot of batters. He doesn’t strike out a lot of batters (his strikeout rate is only in the 42nd percentile in MLB), but he is one of the best at getting batters to chase pitches. His chase rate is in 91st percentile in the league, according to Baseball Savant. With a four-seam fastball velocity averaging 98 mph and a sinker velocity averaging 97.5 mph, it’s no wonder his chase rate is one of the best.
Against the Reds on Sunday, Alcantara pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on four hits and two walks, but did strike out 11. Mike Moustakas and Tyler Naquin were the main threats against him on Sunday, with a solo home run each.
|2B Jonathan India||SS Miguel Rojas|
|CF Tyler Naquin||2B Jazz Chisholm Jr|
|RF Nick Castellanos||1B Jesus Aguilar|
|1B Joey Votto||LF Jorge Alfaro|
|3B Mike Moustakas||3B Brian Anderson|
|SS Kyle Farmer||RF Jesus Sanchez|
|C Tucker Barnhart||CF Bryan De La Cruz|
|LF Max Schrock||C Alex Jackson|
|P Vladimir Gutierrez||P Sandy Alcantara|
News and Notes
Jose Barrero optioned to Triple-A/Asdrúbal Cabrera activated
Just after 4pm this afternoon the Reds activated new pick up Asdrúbal Cabrera and optioned Jose Barrero to Triple-A. Barrero, though, will remain with the team on the taxi squad for the series in Miami. Doug Gray wrote about what this could mean for everyone involved, including the third base situation moving forward.
Art Warren is close to beginning a rehab assignment
Art Warren is going on a rehab assignment next week. With expanded rosters coming, I’m sure Warren will be back with the big league team at some point in September, if all goes well with his rehab.
David Bell said Art Warren is expected to report to Triple-A Louisville to begin a rehab assignment next week. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 28, 2021
Finally, this news is not Reds related, but it is related to a baseball team in the Cincinnati area. The West Side Little League team from Hamilton, Ohio, won the Tom Seaver bracket in the Little League World Series and will play for the Little League championship tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm on ABC.
— Little League (@LittleLeague) August 28, 2021