Maybe the third time is a charm for the Cincinnati Reds? Over the previous two nights the Cincinnati bullpen has blown a late lead and lost both games to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Perhaps a 12:35pm ET afternoon game will get things back on track.
|Pavin Smith – CF||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Wyatt Mathisen – 1B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Josh VanMeter – 2B||Joey Votto – 1B|
|David Peralta – LF||Eugenio Suárez – SS|
|Carson Kelly – C||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Eduardo Escobar – 3B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Nick Ahmed – SS||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Josh Rojas – RF||Kyle Farmer – 3B|
|Taylor Widener – SP||Jeff Hoffman – SP|
New team, new pitcher. Or at least that’s what it feels like early on for Jeff Hoffman. After five years in Colorado where he posted an ERA of 6.40, Hoffman has a 2.93 ERA in three starts with the Reds. In his 15.1 innings he’s allowed two home runs, walked six (1 IBB), and he’s struck out 12 batters.
Things have a rough look when you take a peak at the splits for Jeff Hoffman. He’s had plenty of success this year against lefties. Small sample size alert applies here, but they’ve hit just .219/.306/.375 against him – but do have as many walks as strikeouts, four. Right-handed hitters, though, have crushed him to the tune of .346/.393/.538 against him with two walks and eight strikeouts. In his career he has had far more success against lefties than righties (.796 OPS against vs .991 OPS against).
Pitch usage from 2021
After getting his feet wet in the big leagues in 2020 as a reliever, Taylor Widener is now in the Arizona rotation. Through three starts he’s been outstanding, giving up just three earned runs in 17.0 innings. That’s a 1.59 ERA for those without a calculator in your head. He’s allowed just one home run this season after giving up five last year in 20.0 innings. His strikeout rate is down as he’s fanned just 11 batters this season after having more strikeouts than innings as a reliever last season.
When it comes to splits this season, left-handed hitters have had more success than right-handed hitters against Widener through his three starts. Lefties have a .736 OPS against him this season – including all four extra-base hits that he’s allowed. Righties have a .512 OPS against him this year. Last season his splits were quite bit, but also in a small sample size, where lefties had a .977 OPS against him while righties were at just .614 against him.
Pitch Usage in 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 47°, Mostly cloudy, 1% chance of rain
News and Notes
Nick Castellanos is back
After serving his two game suspension between Tuesday and Wednesday, outfielder Nick Castellanos is back in the lineup and hitting second for the Reds this afternoon.
Amir Garrett takes the blame
Left-handed reliever Amir Garrett is taking the blame for the last two Cincinnati Reds losses. After the game last night he spoke with the media for just over 6 minutes and we’ve uploaded the entire interview so you can hear exactly what it is that he had to say. You can watch it all right here.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs
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