The Cincinnati Reds will look to stay alive for the playoffs this afternoon as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a make up of a previously postpone game. Cincinnati must win to remain in the playoff race as the Cardinals magic number is 1 for the second wild card spot. If you are outside of the Pirates and Reds markets, this game is available on MLB Network this afternoon.
|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||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Cole Tucker – SS||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Kevin Newman – 2B||Delino DeShields – CF|
|Taylor Davis – C||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Connor Overton – SP||Reiver Sanmartin – SP|
The lefty is making his Major League debut this afternoon. Sanmartin has pitched mostly in Triple-A this season, but did pitch in four games with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts at the beginning of the year. We wrote a more detailed post about his season yesterday if you’re interested in more of a deep dive.
Expect to see a fastball in the 89-92 MPH range today coming from a low 3/4 arm slot with a little bit of funk to the mechanics. He’s also bring a slider and a change up in the low-to-mid 80’s.
The Cincinnati Reds and Connor Overton have seen a lot of each other in the last two weeks. Overton started against the Reds on September 16th and then pitched an inning of relief against them on the 20th. He didn’t allow a run in the 4.0 innings between the two games. In his last start, which came on the 23rd, the Phillies touched him up for 4 runs in 2.2 innings. He’s only thrown 14.1 innings this season. Those 4 runs he allowed the last time out against the Phillies represent the only runs he’s given up this season in the Major Leagues across his 8 appearances.
When and Where
- Game time: 1:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, MLB Network (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 78°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
Notes Worth Noting
Reds DFA Beau Taylor
Were you even aware that Beau Taylor was on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster? It’s ok if you didn’t know – he never really seemed like an option for the organization. Last week when the team needed a catcher, rather than call him up the team chose to add another catcher to the 40-man roster, Mark Kolozsvary, and instead call him up. The writing was on the wall then, and today, the Reds made the move to designated Taylor for assignment to create a spot for Reiver Sanmartin on the 40-man.
The team also placed Luis Castillo on the emergency family medical list. Hopefully everything is ok there. That move, though, did open a spot on the 28-man active roster for Sanmartin.
A Colombian first
Joel Luckhaupt points out that Reiver Sanmartin will be the first Colombian starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds when he makes his debut this afternoon, and that he will be only the second Colombian pitcher in the history of the organization.
Reiver Sanmartin will be the first Colombian pitcher to start a game for the Reds and the 2nd Colombian pitcher in Reds history, joining Dayan Diaz, who saw 6 games of action out of the bullpen in 2016.
— Joel Luckhaupt of the Pawnee Lerpiss family (@jluckhaupt) September 27, 2021
Riley O’Brien to start on Tuesday
With Luis Castillo being placed on the emergency family medical list the Reds will have Riley O’Brien come up to start on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. It will be his Major League debut. We will have more on him following this afternoon’s game.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs