After an 11th inning walk-off win last night the Cincinnati Reds will look to keep their playoff hopes alive with another win against the Washington Nationals. First pitch is set for 7:10pm tonight.
|Lane Thomas – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Alcides Escobar – SS||Max Schrock – LF|
|Juan Soto – RF||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Josh Bell – 1B||Tyler Stephenson – 1B|
|Luis García – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Keibert Ruiz – C||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Jordy Mercer – 3B||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Andrew Stevenson – LF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Erick Fedde – SP||Vladimir Gutierrez – SP|
It has been a tough stretch lately for Vladimir Gutierrez. In four of his last five starts he hasn’t made it out of the 4th inning, including each of his last two starts. His ERA has jumped nearly a full run in the last month thanks to an 8.84 ERA in those five starts.
Gutierrez had held lefties and righties to a similar OPS on the year until the last few starts, but lefties have been crushing him lately, hitting an obscene .381/.417/.857 against him over the last month. Righties are hitting .269/.333/.429 against him on the season. Lefties are hitting .248/.323/.510 against him. In Cincinnati, Gutierrez has a 5.51 ERA (3.80 on the road) and his OPS against is more than 200 points higher (.920 to .698).
Pitch usage from 2021
It’s been a tough season for Erick Fedde, who has a 5.10 ERA through 26 starts for the Nationals. In the second half he’s had a better walk and strikeout rate than in the first half, but he’s allowed just over 2 homers per 9-innings pitched in the second half, negating the strides he’s made with the ability to throw more strikes.
Left-handed hitters have performed better against Fedde, hitting .288/.354/.488 against him on the season. Right-handed hitters have had some struggles against him, hitting .239/.296/.420 on the year against him. His home and road splits post a similar ERA (5.13 on the road vs 5.07 at home), but the OPS on the road is .806 – 56 points higher than it is when he’s at home in Washington.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 7:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 62°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
Notes Worth Noting
Wade Miley to the injured list
The Cincinnati Reds placed Wade Miley on the injured list with a neck strain this afternoon and called up reliever Cionel Pérez from Triple-A to take his place on the roster.
Joey Votto scratched with a sore left knee
Joey Votto was originally in the starting lineup at first base and hitting cleanup, but at 5:25 he was scratched from the lineup with a sore left knee.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs