The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs face off on Wednesday night with the winner of the contest also becoming the winner of the series after the two split the first two games. First pitch is set for 7:40pm ET.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Rafael Ortega – CF|
|Tyler Naquin – CF||Frank Schwindel – 1B|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Ian Happ – LF|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Willson Contreras – C|
|Mike Moustakas – 3B||Patrick Wisdom – 3B|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Jason Heyward – RF|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||David Bote – 2B|
|Max Schrock – LF||Sergio Alcántara – SS|
|Vladimir Gutierrez – SP||Alec Mills – SP|
Coming off of two poor outings in a row, Vladimir Gutierrez is hoping that the Cubs will be what he needs to get things going in the right direction. He’s faced them three times this year and has allowed five runs across 17.2 innings (2.55 ERA) with 6 walks and 15 strikeouts.
Right-handed hitters have hit .280/.342/.450 against him this season in 226 plate appearances. Left-handed hitters have a .225/.303/.461 line against him in 198 plate appearances this season. Lefties hit for way more power, but wind up with fewer hits and fewer times on base. His home and road splits are big. On the road his ERA is 3.58 (4.91 at home) and his OPS against is just .686 on the road compared to .889 at home.
Pitch usage from 2021
Splitting time between the bullpen (12 appearances) and the rotation (15 starts), Alec Mills has a 4.25 ERA over 95.1 innings with 25 walks and 71 strikeouts. He’s made two starts against the Reds – both in July – and has allowed five earned runs in 11.2 innings. In the first start he struck out nine batters. In the most recent one he didn’t strike out anyone in 6.0 innings.
As a starter he’s posted a 3.69 ERA and hitters have posted a .281/.323/.421 line against him on the season. He shows some splits against lefties and righties. Left-handed hitters have a .306/.379/.488 line against him with 13 walks and 33 strikeouts in 190 plate appearances this year. Right-handed hitters have hit .270/.308/.393 against him on the season in 226 plate appearances.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 7:40pm ET
- Where: Wrigley Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 73°, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs
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