Despite the 7-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves Friday night, the Cincinnati Reds showed great fortitude in making a grand comeback in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, the team fell short of the goal, but that’s the beauty of baseball: there’s another game tomorrow. It is tomorrow, and the Reds will try to get the early advantage in this one rather than trying to play comeback at the last moment.
- When: 7:20 p.m. ET
- Where: Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia
- Weather Forecast: 54 degrees and sunny
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio (in Cincinnati market); MLB Network (out-of-market)
- Radio: 700 WLW
|2B Jonathan India
|RF Eddie Rosario
|RF Tyler Naquin
|1B Matt Olson
|DH Tommy Pham
|3B Austin Riley
|1B Joey Votto
|LF Marcell Ozuna
|LF Jake Fraley
|2B Ozzie Albies
|CF Nick Senzel
|CF Adam Duvall
|3B Mike Moustakas
|DH Alex Dickerson
|SS Kyle Farmer
|SS Dansby Swanson
|C Aramis Garcia
|C William Contreras
Aramis Garcia gets his first start of the season tonight behind the plate, and Tommy Pham gets the DH spot in the lineup.
**Stats are from 2021.**
Gutierrez made his major league debut for the Reds in 2021 and ended up making 22 starts. He wasn’t a “lights-out” pitcher, but he wasn’t absolutely terrible either. That, combined with the trades and injuries, earned him a spot in the starting rotation to start the 2022 season. Gutierrez was a little shaky in spring training, however, giving up nine earned runs in 9.1 innings.
The 25-year-old right-hander throws four pitches, utilizing his fastball and slider the most while mixing in a curve ball and a change up. In 2021, his fastball velocity was in the low 90s and his off speed and breaking pitches were in the low 80s.
Not many Braves hitters have faced Gutierrez, but the ones who have faced him hit him pretty well. Dansby Swanson has a home run and two RBI in five at-bats, and Guillermo Heredia also has a home run against him.
Kyle Wright’s 2021 stats are a little deceiving because he only pitched in 6.1 innings for the Braves last season. He mostly pitched for their Triple-A team, where he put up much better numbers. In 137.1 innings (24 starts), he had a 3.02 ERA, striking out 137 batters and walking 45. He also gave up only nine home runs.
Wright has bounced back and forth between the Braves and Triple-A Gwinnett for the last few seasons. The 26-year-old right-hander was the Braves’ first round draft pick in 2017, but his low fastball velocity and his lack of command has probably held him back a bit. His fastball velocity averaged about 93.7 mph in 2021, and his walk rate has consistently been up near 14 percent.
No current Reds have faced Wright. Left-handed batters have hit him better in his minor-league career. In 133 at-bats, left-handers have a 1.012 OPS against Wright as compared to a .728 OPS in 136 at-bats for right-handed batters.
News and Notes
Lucas Sims could be back with the big league club soon.
David Bell said he got great reports on Lucas Sims yesterday. Sims is expected to pitch for Louisville next week and could return to the Reds for the home series against St Louis
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 9, 2022
Lucas Sims might be back soon, but some Reds rookies pitched really well out of the bullpen last night in Atlanta. You can read all about their impressive debuts here.
Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote a story about how Hunter Greene’s major league debut tomorrow is a rewarding part of what the Reds have been trying to do with their pitching development.