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.
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.