After taking the opener of the series on Friday night, the Cincinnati Reds will send Vladimir Gutierrez to the mound to try and make it two in a row over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday afternoon. Former Red Alex Wood will toe the rubber for the Giants. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET.
Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s contest:
San Francisco Giants
|Tommy La Stella – DH||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Mike Yastrzemski – CF||Brandon Drury – 3B|
|Darin Ruf – 1B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Joc Pederson – LF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Brandon Crawford – SS||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Evan Longoria – 3B||Aristides Aquino – RF|
|Luis Gonzalez – RF||Albert Almora Jr. – LF|
|Donovan Walton – 2B||Alejo Lopez – DH|
|Curt Casali – C||Matt Reynolds – 2B|
|Alex Wood – SP||Vladimir Gutierrez – SP|
|Links: Vladimir Gutierrez’s Stats | Alex Wood’s Stats
The plan was to ship Vladimir Gutierrez to the bullpen after struggles to begin the season, but injuries have led to that plan being scrapped. Gutierrez has walked 21 batters and hit six more, meaning he’s handed out more free passes to first base than he’s recorded strikeouts this season. That’s not a good way to be successful as a pitcher.
The splits with Gutierrez have been extreme this year. Right-handed hitters are finding a lot of success against him, but lefties are hitting him like they’re all 1927 Babe Ruth (he hit .356/.486/.772 that year).
Teams haven’t sent too many lefties to the plate this year against Alex Wood, but when they have it hasn’t worked out so well as they’ve hit just .184 with three walks and two extra-base hits. Righties aren’t hitting for much power, but they are hitting .342 against Wood this season.
When and Where
- Game time: 4:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 71°, partly cloudy, 1% chance of rain
News and Notes
Tommy Pham suspended for 3 games
In a story that gets dumber with every new tidbit we get from it, Tommy Pham has been suspended for three games for slapping Joc Pederson during batting practice on Friday. His suspension began yesterday. We’ve written about it all here, and there’s video of the incident, as well as interviews with both Pham and Pederson about what happened if you’re interested in the drama.
Max Schrock to Triple-A to begin rehab
The Reds have sent Max Schrock to join the Triple-A Louisville Bats to begin a rehab assignment. Schrock has missed the entire regular season with a strained left calf muscle.