The Cincinnati Reds hit the road this afternoon as they take on the Chicago Cubs for the start of a 3-game series at Wrigley Field. Today’s first pitch is set for 2:20pm ET.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Rafael Ortega – CF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Frank Schwindel – 1B|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Ian Happ – LF|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Willson Contreras – C|
|Asdrúbal Cabrera – 1B||Patrick Wisdom – 3B|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Jason Heyward – RF|
|Aristides Aquino – LF||Matt Duffy – 2B|
|Delino DeShields – CF||Sergio Alcántara – SS|
|Sonny Gray – SP||Justin Steele – SP|
Over the last three starts Sonny Gray has allowed just two earned runs in 18.0 innings while giving up just six hits, walking four, and he’s struck out 14 batters. Both of his runs did come on solo home runs in his most recent outing.
Gray has dominated left-handed hitters this season, holding them to a .195/.287/.328 line this season. Righties have found more success, hitting .264/.332/.426 against him. Gray has pitched better on the road. His ERA away from Cincinnati is 2.96 (4.65 at home) and his OPS against is .629 (.737 at home).
Pitch usage from 2021
The 26-year-old rookie left-hander has made four starts and 11 relief appearances this season for Chicago. He’s only thrown 31.0 innings on the year in the big leagues and has 16 walks, 35 strikeouts, and a 3.48 ERA. He has started his last four games, and two weeks ago one of those came against the Reds when he allowed two runs in 4.0 innings at Great American Ball Park.
Righties have hit .224/.313/.424 against him this season in 96 plate appearances. Lefties have only faced him 37 times in the big leagues this year and are hitting just .138/.324/.276 against him. Small sample sizes are problematic here, but his ERA at home is 4.30 (2.76 on the road).
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 2:20pm ET
- Where: Wrigley Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 75°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Joey Votto gets a day off
It’s been a while since Joey Votto had a day off. Manager David Bell noted that it was hard to give him a day when he was hitting well, even though he had thought about it. But today just felt like the right time. With a lefty on the mound for Chicago it certainly seems like it could be a good spot to give him a little rest before the final three weeks of the season.
Jose Barrero is in Chicago
The infielder is on the taxi squad with the Cincinnati Reds as they hit the road. He is not activated right now, but Kyle Farmer is on “daddy watch” as his wife is expecting very soon and could be called away at any point in time to be with his family.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs