The Cincinnati Reds will look to even up the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates this evening. First pitch is set for 6:35pm ET.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B|
|Max Schrock – LF||Yoshi Tsutsugo – RF|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Bryan Reynolds – CF|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Colin Moran – 1B|
|Mike Moustakas – 3B||Jacob Stallings – C|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Ben Gamel – LF|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Kevin Newman – SS|
|Shogo Akiyama – CF||Hoy Park – 2B|
|Vladimir Gutierrez – SP||Mitch Keller – SP|
After struggling in two straight starts, Vladimir Gutierrez rebounded last time out against the Cubs as he allowed one run over 5.0 innings and picked up six strikeouts.
Gutierrez has held lefties and righties to a similar OPS on the year, but how they get there is quite different. Righties are hitting .268/.332/.431 against him. Lefties are hitting .226/.304/.468 against him. Lefties don’t hit for much average or get on base, but they hit for plenty of power and make a lot of contact in a strange “all-or-nothing on contact” approach (just 29 strikeouts in 207 plate appearances). He’s pitched much better on the road with a 3.43 ERA (4.91 on at home) and hitters have a .672 OPS against him away from Cincinnati (.889 at home).
Pitch usage from 2021
On the season he’s made 19 starts for the Pirates and has a 6.29 ERA while giving up 108 hits in 83.0 innings. He’s faced the Reds twice this year – giving up seven runs in 3.1 innings back in May and then four runs in 5.0 innings in early August.
Lefties are crushing him to the tune of .360/.432/.506 with 22 walks and 30 strikeouts in 191 plate appearances this year. Righties are finding success, too, hitting .280/.357/.474 against him. His home and road splits are severe, posting an 8.19 ERA at home (3.63 on the road) and hitters have a .967 OPS against him at PNC Park this season (.753 on the road).
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 6:35pm ET
- Where: PNC Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 71°, cloudy, 50% chance of rain
Notes Worth Nothing
Jesse Winker’s rehab assignment
Outfielder Jesse Winker went 0-3 with a strikeout this afternoon. Last night he went 0-2 with a strikeout.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs