The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals will wrap up their 4-game series this afternoon at Great American Ball Park. The Reds will be going for the series win while the Nationals are looking to split the 4-game set. . First pitch is set for 1:10pm.
|Lane Thomas – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Alcides Escobar – SS||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Juan Soto – RF||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Josh Bell – 1B||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Yadiel Hernandez – LF||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Luis García – 2B||Asdrubal Cabrera|
|Riley Adams – C||Delino DeShields – LF|
|Carter Kieboom – 3B||Jose Barrero – CF|
|Josh Rogers – SP||Tyler Mahle – SP|
With Tyler Mahle you know the story by now – he’s a much worse pitcher at home than he is on the road. His ERA in Cincinnati this season is 6.10. On the road it’s just 1.85. Batters have hit .280/.354/.536 against him this season in 14 home starts.
His lefty/righty splits are just as drastic. Right-handed hitters are hitting .272/.345/.502 with 18 home runs against him while lefties are hitting just .190/.268/.291 against him with 6 home runs in just 30 fewer plate appearances.
Pitch usage from 2021
Another left-handed pitcher….. Josh Rogers has made just four starts this season in the big leagues, but he’s been good in those four starts as he’s posted a 2.16 ERA in 25.0 innings. He has walked just 7 batters in that stretch, but he’s only struck out 16. In Triple-A this season he’s posted a 4.48 ERA.
With just four starts in the big leagues this season, we’re going to look at his splits between Triple-A and the big leagues this year. He’s held lefties to a .247/.306/.380 line this year with 9 walks and 23 strikeouts in 173 plate appearances. So lefties make plenty of contact but they don’t do much with it. Right-handed batters have hit .268/.322/.457 against him with 22 walks and 56 strikeouts in 318 plate appearances.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 1:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 70°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
Notes Worth Noting
No Joey Votto again in today’s lineup
After being scratched from the lineup yesterday with a sore knee, Joey Votto is out of the lineup again today.
David Bell says Joey Votto tweaked his knee on the extra innings play on Friday where he sprinted to the base, and he landed awkwardly on the base.
Bell says there’s a good chance Votto will be back soon.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) September 26, 2021
Tyler Mahle is all alone
Joel Luckhaupt originally noted earlier today that Tyler Mahle is the only pitcher since 1901 to make 30+ starts in a season and have a home ERA of at least 6.00 and a road ERA below 2.00. After some further digging it turns out Mahle is also the only guy with a home ERA over 5.00 and a road ERA below 2.00.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs