After how things went last night revolving around Tyler Stephenson and Luke Voit’s collision at the plate, and the words from several players after the game, this afternoon’s contest could get rather interesting – but it’s not going to involve Voit, who is not in the lineup. Cincinnati will send Vladimir Gutierrez to the mound and the Reds hitters will take on yet another left-handed pitcher in rookie MacKenzie Gore for the Padres.
And here are the lineups for this afternoon’s contest:
San Diego Padres
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Trent Grisham – CF|
|Brandon Drury – DH||Manny Machado – DH|
|Tommy Pham – LF||Jake Cronenworth – 2B|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Eric Hosmer – 1B|
|Nick Senzel – CF||Jurickson Profar – LF|
|Aristides Aquino – RF||Wil Myers – RF|
|Colin Moran – 3B||Jorge Alfaro – C|
|Alejo Lopez – 2B||C.J. Abrams – SS|
|Aramis Garcia – C||Ha-Seong Kim – 3B|
|Vladimir Gutierrez – SP||MacKenzie Gore – SP|
|Links: Vladimir Gutierrez’s Stats | MacKenzie Gore’s Stats
If you’re an opposing manager you want to put as many lefties in the lineup as you can against Gutierrez. He doesn’t miss their bats and they hit for a ton of power against him. Or at least they did in 2021 (and this season there are hitting .35/.474/.571 against him with twice as many walks as strikeouts through two games). With that said, Gutierrez has also pitched significantly better on the road (3.80 ERA, .698 OPS against on the road vs 5.94 ERA at home with a .931 OPS against) last season.
Pitch Usage (in 2021)
The lefty will be making just his second big league start. In his debut he allowed two runs on three hits and two walks – including a home run – while striking out three batters. Gore, formerly a Top 10 prospect in all of baseball, fell out of many Top 100’s after he struggled in 2021 that saw the team send him all the way back to their spring training complex to work on his mechanics for two months.
It doesn’t feel useful to cite his splits in the minors last year given that he pitched so little in games and when he did, nearly half of his innings were in rookie or A-ball.
Pitch Usage in his MLB debut
When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: Petco Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 65°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Tyler Stephenson placed on the injured list
The Reds placed catcher Tyler Stephenson on the 7-day concussion injured list prior to the game this afternoon. That puts the number of players on the injured list for Cincinnati at 13. Mark Kolozsvary was called up from the taxi squad to replace Stephenson on the roster as the teams other catcher.
Around the Nation
Votto on the Gram
Earlier this morning Mary Beth Ellis wrote about Joey Votto joining social media. As it is with all of her writings, there’s a lot more to it than just the headlining focus of the article. Go check it out.
Around the Beat
Tommy Pham is ready to fight
C. Trent Rosecrans’ game article from last night has some not-so-phamily friendly words from outfielder Tommy Pham about the slide from Luke Voit that led to what appears to be a concussion for Tyler Stephenson. Pham said after this to the media after the game:
The way his hands hit him in the face — it was dirty. If Luke wants to settle it, I get down really well. Anything — muay thai, whatever. Like I said, I’ve got an owner here who will let me use his (boxing) facility. So (eff) ’em.