After a disappointing loss last night, the Cincinnati Reds (82-78) will get back out there on the field this evening to try to salvage one more series win in 2021 against the Pittsburgh Pirates (60-100). Tyler Mahle is on the mound at PNC Park. First pitch will be at 6:35 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on Bally Sports Ohio or listen on 700 WLW.
Tyler Mahle has been good on the road all season. He gets one more shot to finish the season with a dazzling road start tonight. He has a sparkling 1.85 ERA in 97.1 innings on the road and has allowed only five home runs all season away from Great American Ball Park. Mahle’s been better on the road, but he’s also coming off a really good start at GABP last Sunday against the Nationals in which he gave up only three hits and no earned runs in six innings. He walked only two and struck out six.
Ben Gamel and Jacob Stallings each have a home run off Mahle. Gamel is hitting .429 in seven at-bats and Bryan Reynolds is hitting .375 in eight at-bats. Colin Moran is hitting .385 against him in 13 at-bats.
Max Kranick, the Pirates #28 prospect, has been shuttled back and forth from Triple-A Indianapolis since the end of June. He’s made eight starts for the Pirates, and he’ll get one more start in 2021 against the Reds, a team he hasn’t faced before. Kranick’s given up at least three runs in every start except two: his first one and his most recent one. Last Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies, he pitched five innings of four hit, shut-out baseball while walking three and striking out five.
Kranick throws four pitches: a four-seam fastball, a slider, a curve, and a change up. His fastball has averaged about 94.3 mph, while his slider and his curve range in the high 80s. His curve ball is only about 79.7 mph, but in terms of whiff rate, it’s his best pitch with a 35.1% whiff rate.
|2B Max Schrock||2B Cole Tucker|
|C Tyler Stephenson||RF Yoshi Tsutsugo|
|RF Nick Castellanos||CF Bryan Reynolds|
|1B Joey Votto||1B Colin Moran|
|3B Eugenio Suárez||3B Michael Chavis|
|SS Jose Barrero||LF Ben Gamel|
|LF TJ Friedl||C Jacob Stallings|
|CF Delino DeShields||SS Oneil Cruz|
|P Tyler Mahle||P Max Kranick|
News and Notes
Kyle Farmer’s 2021 season is over, Jonathan India’s may be as well
Prior to the game today it was announced by manager David Bell that Kyle Farmer’s season was over. But he also said that it’s possible we won’t see Jonathan India again this year. He’s out of the lineup today and Bell said he may not play tomorrow, either. Bell spoke about India’s season and why he thinks he should be rookie of the year this afternoon and you can read all about that here.
The minor league season has all but wrapped up. There are a few teams still playing, however, and you can find the results of those games here.