After a rain out last night the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals will play two games today in a day-night split doubleheader. The Cardinals took game one, 5-4, as both starting pitchers struggled to get anything going in the game. First pitch for game two is scheduled for 6:40pm.
St. Louis Cardinals
|Tommy Edman – 2B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Paul Goldschmidt – 1B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Tyler O’Neill – LF||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Nolan Arenado – 3B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Dylan Carlson – RF||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Yadier Molina – C||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Paul DeJong – SS||Aristides Aquino – LF|
|Harrison Bader – CF||Delino DeShields – CF|
|J.A. Happ – SP||Sonny Gray – SP|
To say that Sonny Gray is pitching well right now would be an understatement. He’s allowed four combined hits in his last two starts to go along with 11 strikeouts over 13.0 innings. He’s really picked up the amount of cutters he’s thrown in those two starts.
Gray has dominated left-handed hitters this season, holding them to a .194/.284/.314 line this season. Righties have found more success, hitting .276/.347/.433 against him. He has had struggles at home where his OPS is 115 points higher than on the road (.744 at home) and his ERA is 4.75 (2.96 on the road).
Pitch usage from 2021
On the season as a whole, J.A. Happ has a 5.76 ERA, but since joining the Cardinals he’s posted a 2.22 ERA in five starts. His hit rate has nearly been cut in half, while his home run rate has gone from terrible to about league average. When he was still with the Twins, Happ faced the Reds on June 21st and gave up three runs in 4.2 innings with five walks and two home runs allowed.
Right-handed hitters have hit .288/.344/.533 against Happ this season. Lefties don’t get many opportunities against him, but ones that do have hit .276/.321/.429 in 113 plate appearances against him. The home and road splits don’t hold as much value given that he’s been in both leagues this year, but his road ERA is 6.36 in 11 starts this season.
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: 77°, sunny, 2% chance of rain
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs
*standings as of the start of the day*