After a series win in San Francisco, the Cincinnati Reds (25-47) try to carry that momentum into a three game series against division rivals Chicago Cubs (28-45) at Wrigley Field this week. The Cubs come into this series with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games and a series win against the Cardinals in St. Louis over the weekend.
- Time: 8:05 pm ET
- Place: Wrigley Field
- Weather: 80 degrees; mostly sunny
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio
- Radio: 700 WLW
|2B Jonathan India||CF Christopher Morel|
|3B Brandon Drury||RF Rafael Ortega|
|DH Donovan Solano||DH Willson Contreras|
|1B Joey Votto||LF Ian Happ|
|SS Kyle Farmer||3B Patrick Wisdom|
|LF Max Schrock||SS Nico Hoerner|
|RF Albert Almora Jr||C Yan Gomes|
|CF Nick Senzel||1B Alfonso Rivas|
|C Aramis Garcia||2B David Bote|
– 20 minutes before the start of the game Tommy Pham was scratched and replaced by Max Schrock in left field. The lineup also saw a little bit of restructuring.
-After being hit in the wrist during the Giants series, Jonathan India makes his return to the starting lineup for the Reds.
-Happ, Contreras, and Wisdom have all homered off Luis Castillo in their careers. Contreras is hitting .467 against him in 15 at-bats, and Happ is hitting .350 against him in 20 at-bats.
The trade rumors are already swirling around Castillo and the trade deadline is still a month away. The latest one is that the Yankees are interested (although we’ve all heard that one before). Last Wednesday, Castillo probably had one of the worst starts of his season thus far. He gave up four runs in five innings and struck out six. It did come against the LA Dodgers, one of the best teams in the league, but if the Reds really are looking to trade Castillo, they want him to pitch the best he can right now to get the best return. Castillo last faced the Cubs on May 25 at Wrigley Field. He struck out six while giving up four hits and two runs in five innings.
This season, Castillo’s been slightly better against right-handed batters vs. left handed batters, depending on what stat you use. His batting average against right-handed hitters is only .202, with an on-base percentage of .258. The batting average against left-handed hitters is .216, but because he’s walked 12 left-handed hitters, the on-base percentage against lefties is higher at .310. This aligns with his career numbers, as historically he’s always been better against right-handed hitters.
In his second year with the Cubs, Keegan Thompson has thrown 61.0 innings to date, already surpassing the 53.0 innings he pitched in 2021. The 27-year-old right-hander is listed as the 30th prospect in the Cubs organization, but he’s pitched better than that this season. Thompson has only really had one bad start in 2022, a game on June 7th at Baltimore in which he gave up seven runs in three innings. However, he’s coming off arguably his two best starts of the season, a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in six innings against Atlanta and a six inning performance against the Pirates where he allowed four hits and one run, a home run, with seven strikeouts in six innings.
Thompson throws four pitches, but sticks mostly with his fastball and his cutter. He averages in the low 90s for both his fastball and his cutter. Both of these pitches have seen a small increase in velocity from 2021 to 2022. His off speed pitches, mainly a curve ball, has averaged in the low 80s this season.
Right-handed hitters tend to hit Thompson better, with a .238 batting average against him. However, left-handed batters have gotten on base more against him, as he’s allowed 13 walks to lefties compared to only eight against righties.
News and Notes
The Reds made a trade with the Cleveland Guardians today, sending minor league catcher Sandy León to Cleveland where he immediately joined their big league roster.
The Reds also called up catcher Mike Papierski from Triple-A and optioned Chris Okey back to the minor leagues.
You can catch up on the Reds minor league action from yesterday here.
There were also a bunch of minor league promotions today:
-Rafael Franco from the ACL to Daytona
-Quin Cotton from Chattanooga to Dayton
-Tyler Callihan from Daytona to Dayton
-Jonathan Willems from Chattanooga to Dayton
-Michael Trautwein from Dayton to Daytona
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) June 28, 2022