The Cincinnati Reds have 12 games remaining in the regular season and if they are going to have any possible chance to make the playoffs they need to go on a run of winning baseball games. That starts tonight against the 56-93 Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park.
First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET. The game is in a rain delay. As of now there is no update on a scheduled start time.
|Cole Tucker – SS||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Yoshi Tsutsugo – RF||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Bryan Reynolds – CF||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Colin Moran – 1B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Ben Gamel – LF||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Kevin Newman – 2B||Jose Barrero – CF|
|Michael Perez – C||Delino DeShields – LF|
|Hoy Park – 3B||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Dillon Peters – SP||Vladimir Gutierrez – SP|
It has been a tough stretch lately for Vladimir Gutierrez. In three of his last four starts he hasn’t made it out of the 4th inning, and that includes his last start which came against the PIrates in a 5-4 loss where he allowed eight baserunners in just 3.2 innings.
Gutierrez has held lefties and righties to a similar OPS on the year, but how they get there is quite different. Righties are hitting .269/.333/.431 against him. Lefties are hitting .233/.313/.482 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 217 plate appearances). In Cincinnati, Gutierrez has a 4.91 ERA (3.80 on the road) and his OPS against is nearly 200 points higher (.889 to .698).
Pitch usage from 2021
The 2021 season began in Triple-A for lefty Dillon Peters and it was a tough start. In the first month of the season with Salt Lake his ERA was 6.95. Over the next nine games he posted a 1.44 ERA between Salt Lake and Indianapolis (the Pirates bought his contract from the Dodgers in the middle of July). The Pirates then called him up and he’s posted a 2.66 ERA in five starts since, including 5.0 shutout innings of the Reds last week.
Including his minor league time this year, he’s shown some interesting splits. Lefties don’t get many hits or walks against him. They have just a .234 average and just a .263 on-base percentage against him. But they are also slugging .519 – when they do get hits they tend to go for extra-bases. Right-handed hitters have hit .249/.331/.452 against him on the season. Four of his five starts with the Pirates have come at home, so his home/road splits aren’t very useful to look at.
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: 72°, cloudy, 25% chance of rain
Notes Worth Noting
Tyler Stephenson placed on the IL, Mark Kolozsvary called up
The Reds announced this afternoon that Tyler Stephenson has been placed on the injured list (no injury specified) and that they have called up catcher Mark Kolozsvary from Triple-A Louisville. Kolozsvary has had a heck of a 2021 that has now included winning a silver medal in the Olympics as the catcher with Team USA and now reaching the big leagues.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs