The Cincinnati Reds (75-67) and the St. Louis Cardinals (71-69) are at it again in the second game of the weekend series. The Reds look to build momentum off last night’s 4-2 win and extend its lead over the Cardinals in the race to the second wild card spot.
- First pitch: 7:15 ET
- Location: Busch Stadium
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio
- Radio: 700 WLW
Right-hander Luis Castillo comes into tonight’s game as the “roller coaster player” on the team. He started off the season in a terrible way, with ERAs of 6.29 and 8.04 in the months of April and May, respectively. In June, he completely turned around his season, with a 1.71 ERA and a 2.78 FIP in 31.2 innings. He continued that success in July with a 2.15 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. However, he regressed in August, giving up 18 runs in 35.1 innings, including five home runs, but through one start in September, Castillo may be starting to rebound again. He gave up three runs against the Tigers, only one of which was earned, on four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out seven, but didn’t receive enough run support to earn the win.
A few Cardinals batters have had success against Castillo. Paul Goldschmidt has hit three home runs off him. Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong each have two against him, and Tommy Edman and Dylan Carlson both have better than a .300 average against him.
Right-hander (yes, you read that right; the Reds are not facing a lefty) Miles Mikolas gets the start for the Cardinals tonight. After missing all of the 2020 season with a right forearm strain and most of the 2021 season with more right forearm tightness, the Cardinals activated him from on August 20th after a lengthy rehab stint for two minor league teams.
In his five starts this season, Mikolas has yet to pitch more than five innings. It seems the strategy for opposing teams is to score early against him. He’s given up five runs in five innings of the first inning of games this season, compared to 6.1 innings of scoreless baseball in the fourth and fifth innings.
Mikolas has made four starts since returning to the Cardinals, including facing the Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 1st. He pitched only three innings that day, giving up four runs on five hits and striking out three.
St. Louis Cardinals
|2B Jonathan India||2B Tommy Edman|
|LF Max Schrock||1B Paul Goldschmidt|
|RF Nick Castellanos||LF Tyler O’Neill|
|1B Joey Votto||3B Nolan Arenado|
|CF Tyler Naquin||C Yadier Molina|
|3B Mike Moustakas||RF Dylan Carlson|
|SS Jose Barrero||SS Paul DeJong|
|C Tucker Barnhart||CF Harrison Bader|
|P Luis Castillo||P Miles Mikolas|
Eugenio Suárez has hit .545 with two home runs and three RBI off Mikolas. Four other Reds batters have hit home runs off him as well.
News and Notes
Jesse Winker could start a rehab assignment on Tuesday.
Jesse Winker could begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville as early as Tuesday. He hit on the field at Louisville Friday. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) September 11, 2021
And because you can’t have too much Joey Votto content, here’s a look at this day in Reds history. The bat drop is my favorite part.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 11, 2021