The Cincinnati Reds will look to score two touchdowns again tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates and hopefully win the series before it’s over. It will be a tough task as they face off against JT Brubaker, who has been outstanding this season for Pittsburgh.
|Nick Senzel – 2B||Adam Frazier – 2B|
|Jesse Winker – LF||Bryan Reynolds – CF|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Phillip Evans – 1B|
|Mike Moustakas – 1B||Jacob Stallings – C|
|Tyler Naquin – CF||Erik González – 3B|
|Eugenio Suárez – 3B||Ka’ai Tom – LF|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Kevin Newman – SS|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Troy Stokes Jr. – RF|
|Jeff Hoffman – SP||JT Brubaker – SP|
In his six starts this season Jeff Hoffman has a 4.39 ERA in 26.2 innings with 13 walks and 23 strikeouts. He is coming off of his worst start of the year when he only recorded one out in the 3rd inning before exiting having allowed four runs in 2.1 innings.
When it comes to splits, it’s a weird mixed bag for Jeff Hoffman. Lefties had a .742 OPS against him, but he’s walked as many lefties as he’s struck out – 9. Righties are hitting better, posting a .271/.321/.500 line against him, but had just four walks and 14 strikeouts in 53 plate appearances.
Pitch usage from 2021
The second year in the big leagues for JT Brubaker has gotten off to a good start as he’s posted a 2.78 ERA in 32.1 innings with eight walks and 37 strikeouts. He’s also gotten a very high rate of ground balls this season (57%).
Despite being a right-handed pitcher he’s dominated lefties this season, holding them to a .211/.274/.333 line with 4 walks and 17 strikeouts. Righties have had more success against Brubaker, hitting .258/.338/.455 with 4 walks and 20 strikeouts. Brubaker has pitched worse at home, with an ERA 1.03 higher in his two home starts, and hitters have a .176 OPS point advantage against him in PNC Park this year versus when he’s on the road.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 6:35pm ET
- Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 53°, mostly cloudy, 10% chance of rain
News and Notes
Amir Garrett’s suspension reduced
Major League Baseball has reduced Amir Garrett’s suspension to five games. He’ll begin serving it tonight.
How did Wade Miley throw his no-hitter?
Tony Wolfe of Fangraphs takes a look back at Wade Miley’s no-hitter and just how he attacked hitters to keep them from making quality contact in Cleveland.
Mike Freeman added to the taxi squad
Prior to the game tonight the Reds added infielder Mike Freeman to the taxi squad. When the road trip began only right-handed reliever Art Warren was on the taxi squad for this trip.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs
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