We’ve got a full slate of playoff games today with games starting at 1pm ET and likely running through midnight with the Dodgers and Giants game not starting until 9:37pm ET.

Before jumping into looking at the matchups in the playoffs, let’s look back at some of the Cincinnati Reds stuff you may have missed over the weekend.

Cincinnati Reds Notebook

Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson were named to the All-Rookie team by Baseball America. India may be the front runner for National League Rookie of the Year, though we are going to have to wait another month to find out if he picked up enough votes to get the plaque.

This morning we explored just how the designated hitter coming to the National League in the new collective bargaining agreement could be incredibly beneficial for the Cincinnati Reds. It’s far from a done deal, but it appears that both the owners and players want it to happen and it’s just a matter of figuring out how to come to an agreement on making it happen (among many, many other items).

Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com this morning we unveiled our 2021 Minor League All-Star team. There are some names you’ll recognize – such as Hunter Greene – but there are probably a few that you may not have heard of yet, but you should familiarize yourself with.

Playoff Discussion

Milwaukee Brewers vs Atlanta Braves

1:07pm ET | TBS | Series Tied: 1-1

The Brewers will send right-hander Freddy Peralta to the mound to face off against the Braves right-hander Ian Anderson. Peralta was an All-Star this season and threw 144.1 innings with a 2.81 ERA and allowed just 84 hits this season while striking out 195 batters. He did struggle a bit down the stretch, posting an ERA of 4.71 in his final 8 starts of the season. Anderson made 24 starts with Atlanta and posted a 3.58 ERA in 128.1 innings with 124 strikeouts. After returning from the injured list in August his velocity has been down about a MPH.

Houston Astros vs Chicago White Sox

3:37pm ET | FS1 | Astros lead the series 2-1

The Astros will try to win the series this afternoon as they send José Urquidy to the mound to face off against White Sox lefty Carlos Rodón. Urquidy made 20 starts for Houston this year and posted a 3.62 ERA in 107.0 innings to go with just 19 walks and 90 strikeouts. He missed much of the summer, not pitching at all in July of August before returning for 6 starts in September and October. Rodón, a 2021 All-Star, made 24 starts with a 2.37 ERA in 132.2 innings this season for the White Sox and struck out 185 batters.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox

7:07pm ET | FS1 | Red Sox lead the series 2-1

After last nights wild extra-innings game the Red Sox will look to win the series tonight as they send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound to face off against the Rays Collin McHugh. Tampa’s McHugh made 7 starts on the season, but pitched in 30 games out of the bullpen. He was dominant while on the mound, posting a 1.55 ERA in 64.0 innings this season and allowed just 3 homers. Rodriguez made 31 starts and 1 relief appearance this year for Boston and posted a 4.74 ERA. IN his 157.2 innings he allowed 172 hits, walked 47, and he struck out 185. His ERA at home in Boston was 5.95 (3.95 on the road).

San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers

9:37pm ET | TBS | Series tied at 1-1

The Giants will send former another former Red to the mound as Alex Wood will match up against Max Scherzer tonight. Wood made 26 starts this season and posted a 3.83 ERA in 138.2 innings while walking just 39 batters and striking out 152. His OPS against on the road was 182 points higher than it was at home this season (.787 to .605). Scherzer was dominant for both the Nationals and Dodgers this season, but was a bit better once he joined Los Angeles, posting a 1.98 ERA in 11 starts. The Dodgers have won all 12 games he’s started since he was acquired – including his start against St. Louis in the wild card game last week.

8 Responses

    • TR

      Well said. The past season and no playoffs brings back a hint of 2012: Reds take 2 in SF, then lose 3 at home.

  1. RedsGettingBetter

    Is any Instructional league / AFL information available yet?

  2. Mark Moore

    The Braves are doing their part to send the Bernie’s packing for the off season. I could support that effort.

  3. Daytonnati

    At this point, I am rooting against teams rather than for.

  4. Kevin Patrick

    The White Sox need to win at home. I wonder whether the day off today hurts or helps. The Red Sox are currently up 3-0 in the third…if you would have told me the Red Sox would be this close to the next series…I wouldn’t have believed it. C’mon Rays. I’m definitely pulling for Alex Wood tonight vs. Scherzer. I mean, I ain’t a Giants fan…but they certainly have a lot of former Reds that I at least used to like quite a bit.

    As far as our Reds go… this off season is going to be a mess. I just am having a hard time imagining how they are going to solve the pen, sort through the outfielders, and end up competitive. I mean, I’m just writing off any potential of Castellanos returning…or Lorenzen…or Barnhart…honestly, if the shift is going to be a part of baseball then I don’t have a problem keeping Farmer at short…but that would really show no faith at all in Barrero. Do I think Barrero is the answer you ask…I think probably not…but there is no way I could just let a guy like Barrero go back to AAA and assume he will become a better hitter there. Since this isn’t a likely playoff team, I suspect we will see plenty of opportunity to see Barrero misused (meaning he will continue to be juggled defensively until he starts to hit). Long story short…that is another question that should try to be answered in the offseason. If the Reds don’t sign Miley, they would be indicating they think they have just some unreal amount of depth at starting pitching (they don’t) and that they have guys that are ready now (maybe). Suarez is on the team…Moustakas is on the team…assuming the Reds hold true to not believing in sunk cost…and assuming both come back healthy…the Reds (should) have enough infield depth. Winker (lefty)…Naquin (lefty)…Akiyama (lefty)…all will be on the team and can’t be counted on to stay on the field. Unless Suarez hits all year, the Reds have major problems on the right side of the plate even with Castellanos. Senzel needs to play all year and hit to get on base…if India keeps getting hit by pitch, its only a matter of time before he is lost to injury…the most important question the Reds will have to answer is do they even bother to get a real impact right handed bat or not. If not, the answers to a lot of other questions get answered by themselves.

  5. Moon

    The Braves are doing to the Brewers what they did to the Reds last year. Three games and the Brewers have scored only 2 runs…on a two run homerun. In other words, They have played 27 innings and the Brewers have only been able to score in one of those innings. Two straight shut-outs. Atlanta does a good job filling roster holes in the off season and reacting to injuries. They lose their best player, Acuna, for the year and go out and pick up Adam Duval and Solar, both who have done a very good job for them. They lose their best pitcher, Mike Soroka, two straight years and keep on cranking out dominating pitchers.

  6. Pablo

    Go Giants, knock out the super $pending Dodgers!