After a less than ideal weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cincinnati Reds will welcome in the New York Mets and look to get things going in the right direction once again. First pitch is set for 7:10pm ET.
New York Mets
|Brandon Nimmo – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Pete Alonso – 1B||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Jeff McNeil – 2B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Dominic Smith – LF||Joey Votto – 1B|
|J.D. Davis – 3B||Tyler Naquin – RF|
|Michael Conforto – RF||Eugenio Suárez – 3B|
|Tomás Nido – C||Shogo Akiyama – CF|
|Luis Guillorme – SS||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Jerad Eickhoff – SP||Vladimir Gutierrez – SP|
So far in July Vladimir Gutierrez has made two starts and allowed three runs in 12.0 innings. His last time out he didn’t strike out a single Brewer in 6.0 innings but kept them in check by allowing just one run. For the season his ERA is sitting at 4.29 through 50.1 innings with 23 walks and just 36 strikeouts. He’s not missing bats and his walk rate is higher than you’d like to see it. So far he’s avoided the typical pitfalls of that issue with regards to runs allowed, but he’s likely going to have to pitch better to keep his ERA where it’s at.
Gutierrez is rocking some reverse splits this season, but the devil is in the details. He’s walked more lefties than he’s struck out – 14 to 13 – but they are hitting just .212/.323/.376 against him. Righties are hitting .260/.325/.471 against him on the year but had just nine walks and 23 strikeouts in 119 plate appearances. He’s also pitched significantly better on the road, but he’s also made just three starts at home. Still, his OPS against is nearly 200 points higher at Great American Ball Park, and his ERA is 5.71 compared to just 3.55 on the road.
Pitch usage from 2021
31-year-old Jerad Eickhoff has only thrown 12.2 innings this season in the big leagues. His ERA sits at 4.97, somehow, despite allowing 17 hits, four walks, and six home runs in that span. In Triple-A this season he’s posted a 5.09 ERA where he’s allowed another 11 home runs in 46.0 innings.
His splits this season between AAA and MLB are a case of “not good” and “MVP level”. Right-handed hitters have a .262/.316/.532 line against him on the year in 137 plate appearances. Lefties have hit .308/.363/.644 against him in 113 plate appearances this year.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 7:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 82°, Sunny, 1% chance of rain.
News and Notes
Reds call up R.J. Alaniz and Edgar García
The Cincinnati Reds called up relievers R.J. Alaniz and Edgar García from Triple-A Louisville today in a slew of roster moves that saw Mark Payton and José De León designated for assignment, Michael Lorenzen officially placed on the injured list, and Cionel Pérez optioned to Louisville. If you want some information on Alaniz and García, we wrote about the things they had been doing in the minors this season earlier today.
Nick Senzel could begin a rehab assignment next week
David Bell on Nick Senzel: He’s made great progress in the last week. He could go on a rehab assignment next week. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) July 19, 2021
Mike Moustakas on the field taking grounders
We’re probably still a bit of time away before we see Mike Moustakas on the field during baseball games, but at least he’s back on a baseball field and doing baseball activities. Today he was out on the dirt at Great American Ball Park taking grounders.
Another injury update
Mike Moustakas is taking grounders today. pic.twitter.com/HCBkncEB0D
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) July 19, 2021
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs