The Cincinnati Reds officially begin the Luis Castillo-less era tonight as they look to even up the series against the Baltimore Orioles. Tyler Mahle takes the mound for Cincinnati in what could be his final start in the Reds jersey as he remains a much rumored player on the trade market. Baltimore will send Dean Kremer to the mound as they look to guarantee a winning series with a victory tonight.
Here are the lineups for this evening’s contest:
Great American Ball Park hasn’t been friendly to a lot of pitchers throughout it’s history, and for Tyler Mahle that’s holding true once again this season. He’s made 11 starts at home in 2022 and posted a 4.94 ERA with 9 home runs allowed. In 7 road starts his ERA is 3.83 and he’s allowed just 3 home runs. Hitters have a .795 OPS against him in Cincinnati this year, while it’s just .561 on the road.
When it comes to facing righties and lefties, Mahle has had plenty of success against lefties and managers still tend to try and stack their lineups with lefties against him. Righties, though, are actually the guys that are hitting him this season, with a .769 OPS – a 124 point advantage versus what lefties have against him this year.
The home and road splits for Dean Kremer are quite big this season, but the sample size is also small since he’s made just five home starts and four road starts. Still, he’s got a 1.66 ERA on the road (4.26 ERA at home). He’s also allowed just one home run in his four road starts.
The splits between the handedness of hitters he’s face is pretty big. Right-handed hitters don’t walk much, but they also make a long of contact and by comparison to lefties, they’ve hit for plenty of power, too. Lefties aren’t hitting for much average or power, and they strike out a lot more than righties do. They also walk more often than righties do against Kremer.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 80°, cloudy, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Looking at the prospects in the Castillo deal
The Cincinnati Reds landed four prospects from the Seattle Mariners in the Luis Castillo trade on Friday night. Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com I took a more detailed look at each of the four guys that are now in the organization, including two of them who Baseball America ranks as Top 50 prospects in all of baseball.
Ryan Hendrix called up
With Castillo off of the roster the Reds are returning to a 5-man rotation. They’ll use that extra spot on the roster, at least for now, to bring Ryan Hendrix back up. He had cleared waivers earlier this season and was outrighted to Triple-A. They’ve added him back to the 40-man roster and he’ll join the bullpen tonight.