The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates will wrap up their 3-game series and their 2021 seasons this afternoon in Pittsburgh. The game will have zero effect on the standings. Cincinnati will finish in 3rd place in the National League Central and the Pirates are going to finish last.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Kevin Newman – 2B|
|Max Schrock – LF||Yoshi Tsutsugo – RF|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Michael Chavis – 3B|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Colin Moran – 1B|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Anthony Alford – LF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Ben Gamel – CF|
|Jose Barrero – SS||Oneil Cruz – SS|
|TJ Friedl – CF||Michael Perez – C|
|Reiver Sanmartin – SP||Mitch Keller – SP|
The lefty is making his second start of his big league career. In his first start he allowed a run in 5.2 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts.
Pitch usage from 2021 (1 start)
On the season he’s made 22 starts for the Pirates and has a 6.27 ERA while giving up 128 hits in 97.2 innings. He’s faced the Reds twice in his last three starts. In both of those starts he allowed two runs, once in 5.0 innings and the other time in 5.2 innings.
Lefties are crushing him to the tune of .351/.426/.487 with 27 walks and 32 strikeouts in 224 plate appearances this year. Righties are finding success, too, hitting .298/.377/.468 against him. His home and road splits are severe, posting an 8.16 ERA at home (3.57 on the road) and hitters have a .953 OPS against him at PNC Park this season (.760 on the road).
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 3:05pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 73°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain
Notes Worth Noting
Jonathan India is back
Yesterday before the game manager David Bell noted that Jonathan India may not play again this season. Well, it seems that India talked his way back into the lineup and he’s at second base this afternoon.
The Farm System that wins
The minor league season is officially complete with this afternoon’s contest for Louisville cancelled by rain. This year is the first year that as a whole the Cincinnati Reds farm system has had a winning record since 2011. It’s only the third time since 2005 that the farm system has had a winning record (we can’t go back further than that because Baseball Reference doesn’t have the international complex league records prior to that season). Louisville was the only team of the Reds six farm teams that had a losing record.