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The weekend is here and the Cincinnati Reds will host the Colorado Rockies this afternoon in game two of their 3-game series. Hopefully the Reds saved some runs for this one after a beat down on Friday night. First pitch is set for 4:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Wade Miley

Wade Miley has been the Reds best start this season, leading the team with a 2.96 ERA in 10 starts and 54.2 innings. He’s coming off of three consecutive strong starts where he’s allowed two earned runs in 15.2 innings.

Teams haven’t run many left-handed hitters out against Wade Miley, but when they have the results haven’t gone in their favor. Over 38 plate appearances this season against Miley, lefties have hit just .194/.237/.194. Right-handed hitters have had a lot more success, but they’ve still struggled as they’ve hit just .224/.282/.351 in 189 plate appearances.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter
Change Curve
Velo 89.8 88.4 85.4 81.6 75.2
Usage 17.2% 1.3% 48.3% 28.0% 5.1%

Germán Márquez

Arguably the Rockies best start this season, Márquez has a 3.91 ERA in 71.1 innings with 34 walks and 75 strikeouts. He’s been on a roll lately, though, posting a 1.04 ERA in his last four starts that have covered 26.0 innings with just 7 walks and 27 strikeouts – including just 1 home run allowed.

The splits against Márquez are interesting. Right-handed hitters have hit .220/.287/.373 against him with 11 walks and 40 strikeouts in 134 plate appearances. Left-handed hitters have hit .247/.349/.349 against him with 23 walks and 35 strikeouts. Lefties get on base more, strikeout significantly less, but they haven’t hit for quite as much power. Despite pitching for the Rockies he’s actually pitched worse on the road when it comes to OPS where hitters have a 155 point higher OPS on the road than at home in Colorado. His ERA, though, is lower on the road by 0.25.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Curve
Change Slider
Velo 94.8 94.4 84.8 86.2 86.2
Usage 46.9% 4.5% 20.3% 2.2% 26.2%

When and Where

News and Notes

Watch Hunter Greene strike out 9 batters in 6 shutout innings

Over at you can watch Hunter Greene’s start from last night where he struck out 9 batters over the course of 6.0 shutout innings for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. Greene’s ERA dropped to 1.98 on the season and he raised his league-leading strikeout total to 60 in 41.0 innings pitched.

Tony Santillan is officially called up

While it was announced that Tony Santillan would start on Sunday by David Bell on Friday afternoon, the Reds officially recalled him from Triple-A Louisville today. We wrote all about the 24-year-old earlier today – covering his current season, looking at his past, providing some video, a scouting report, and what we might be able to expect. So if you want all of the details, just click here and have your wants and need fulfilled.

Mike Moustakas is getting close to returning

Prior to the game today manager David Bell noted that Mike Moustakas could join the team during the upcoming road trip. A rehab assignment isn’t quite decided on yet, with Bell saying “Not necessarily. He might just meet us on the road. It could be San Diego. It could be Minnesota. I haven’t put in a date yet, or how many rehab games – or even sure it that would happen, but it could. It likely will and then he’ll likely join us on the road” when asked about whether Moustakas would skip a rehab assignment and join the team directly.

Max Schrock is also improving

Also on the injured list, Max Schrock is improving but seems like he’s still a little behind where Moustakas is. David Bell said he is probably closer to re-joining the team when they return from their road trip.

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Cubs 36 27 0 41.9%
Brewers 36 27 0 68.9%
Cardinals 32 31 4.0 12.0%
Reds 30 31 5.0 11.9%
Pirates 23 39 12.5 0.0%

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