This game has officially been postponed. It will be made up on Monday at 1:10pm ET.

The Cincinnati Reds are in must-win mode from here on out as they trail the St. Louis Cardinals by four games for the final wild card spot. If the weather plays nice the game is set to begin at 12:35pm this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Starting Lineups

Pittsburgh Pirates

Cincinnati Reds

Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B Jonathan India – 2B
Yoshi Tsutsugo – RF Max Schrock – LF
Bryan Reynolds – CF Nick Castellanos – RF
Colin Moran – 1B Joey Votto – 1B
Anthony Alford – LF Kyle Farmer – SS
Wilmer Difo – 2B Eugenio Suárez – 3B
Kevin Newman – SS Tyler Stephenson – C
Taylor Davis – C TJ Friedl – CF
Connor Overton – SP Luis Castillo – SP

Starting Pitchers

Luis Castillo

Since the beginning of June, Luis Castillo has made 20 starts and posted a 2.76 ERA in 124.0 innings with just 10 homers allowed and 133 strikeouts. Somehow he has only faced the Pirates once, in his second start of the season.

The splits for Luis Castillo are similar, but different. Righties have hit .259/.309/.422 against him this season. Lefties have hit .248/.349/.376 against him this season. The difference in OPS is just 7 points, but righties get there with more power and far fewer walks. Lefties show less power but draw walks more than twice as often. He’s pitched significantly better at home. His OPS against is 105 points lower in Cincinnati and his ERA is 3.19 (5.08 on the road).

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Change Slider
Velo 97.1 97.2 88.1 86.2
Usage 29% 24% 29% 18%

Connor Overton

The right-hander has pitched in just 7 games in the big leagues in his career – all this season – and thrown just 11.2 innings. He’s yet to allow a run, given up 6 hits, walked 3 batters, and he’s struck out 9. In Triple-A this season between the Blue Jays and Pirates organization he posted a 1.99 ERA in 58.2 innings – mostly as a reliever.

When and Where

  • Game time: 12:35pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 59°, cloudy, 90% chance of rain

Notes Worth Noting

Tyler Stephenson is back and he’s in the lineup. Mark Kolozsvary was optioned back to Triple-A.

News from last night that Dauri Moreta has been called up seemed to have either been premature or inaccurate as the move has not been announced yet.

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Brewers 91 60 0 100.0%
Cardinals 81 69 9.5 90.5%
Reds 78 74 13.5 5.5%
Cubs 67 84 24.0 0.0%
Pirates 57 94 34.0 0.0%

7 Responses

      • Jim Walker

        Yeah as if Moose is going to be back later this year. They could have just done it in one fell swoop by sending him to the 60 day list.

  1. Bet on Red

    Well that is that. As the Nationals are within my MLB Ticket blackout zone, I am going to see a Bengals game before I am able to see a Reds game live again….thanks weather lol

    • Mark Moore

      I forgot about that “Raleigh/Durham is Nationals/Baltimore market” thing. Those were the games I was planning on going to see before I cancelled the trip. Oh well … onward and upward, right?

  2. Chris Holbert

    Breaking news…sources …according to MLB Network.. Reds agree to two year extension with DB through 2023