San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds – May 19, 2021

The Cincinnati Reds (19-21) will try to end their two lost games against the San Fransisco Giants (26-16) tonight at 6:40 p.m. Tonight is going to be an uphill battle for the Reds. The Giants now have the best record in baseball and their current starting pitcher has an ERA of 1.84. The Reds must win both of their last two games against the Giants to keep their current streak of six straight defeats alive.

Start pitchers

Wade Miley gained full starting experience in the big league during the last road trip. He threw a no-hitter in Cleveland and then gave up 8 earned runs in Denver. The last launch skewed its numbers quite a bit, but Miley was everything the Reds hoped for by 2021. Miley has a career of 3.60 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) against the Giants.

The Reds certainly saved Kevin GasumanCareer. He had an ERA of 6.19 when the Reds called him from the exemptions in August 2019. Gausman has been 15th in the MLB at fWAR (3.5) since Aug. 8, 2019, and his 2.99 ERA and 2.90 FIP rank 8th and 5th best in the MLB of Any Pitcher with 135+ IP .

The good news is that Gausman has a career 9/11 ERA in 4 starts against the Reds. Gausman has also insanely allowed 1 ER or less in every start this season except one on April 13 against the Reds: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR.

Starting grid

Tyler Stephenson and his .830 OPS career starts tonight on the first base while Moustakas isn’t there yet. It looks like a day off Tyler Naquin. He currently has a hit rate of 5 games and an OPS of 0.924 in the last 8 games. It’s hard to take your racket off the line-up, but it’s important to keep in mind that no more than 89 games have been played in a season since 2016.

Messages and Notes

Tony Santillan is making his case

Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com, Doug takes a look at Tony Santillan’s start for Triple-A Louisville last night and the case he plans to join the Reds rotation. He’s also watching the hot start for Alfredo Rodriguez and his case to get a reputation for playing shortstop and a pitcher at Daytona for a great start to his professional career.

Kevin Gausman’s turn began in Cincinnati

Only 1 pitcher in MLB has 2 pitches in the top 12 of the Statcast running values: Kevin Gausman – Splitter & 4-Seamer

Changes he made date back to his time in the Red Bullpen in 2019. Tonight it starts in CIN

What made him so good for SF this year? Https://t.co/Hbm3mgklZc

– Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) May 19, 2021

Conclusion

Today’s match doesn’t look good for the Reds on paper. Let’s hope the small selection of Reds who are the rare team that Gasuman meets becomes a trend. Go Reds!

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