Reds host Cardinals in rubber game of 3-game series

(courtesy Free-Extras.com)

1-1, HOME 1-1, ROAD 0-0
Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021
Great American Ball Park
• • • • • • • • • •
CINCINNATI REDS (1-1) vs
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (1-1)

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Sun vs StL: RHP Jeff Hoffman vs RHP Carlos Martínez 700 wlw, bsoh, 1:10et
Mon vs Pit: RHP José De León vs RHP JT Brubaker 700 wlw, bsoh, 6:40et
Tue vs Pit: LHP Wade Miley vs RHP Trevor Cahill 700 wlw, bsoh, 6:40et
Wed vs Pit: RHP Luis Castillo (0-1, 21.60) vs RHP Chad Kuhl (0-0, 3.00) 700 wlw, bsoh, 12:35et
Thursday: Off day, travel to Arizona
Fri at Ari: RHP Tyler Mahle (1-0, 3.60) vs TBD 700 wlw, bsoh, 9:40et
Sat at Ari: RHP Jeff Hoffman vs TBD 700 wlw, bsoh, 8:10et
Sun at Ari: RHP José De León vs TBD 700 wlw, bsoh, 4:10et

2021 OPENING DAY ROSTER
Returning New in ‘21 Gone
Castillo, P Antone, P Bauer, P
Garrett, P Bedrosian, P Iglesias, P
Mahle, P Doolittle, P Gray, P
Miley, P Fulmer, P Jones, P
Sims, P Hoffman, P Lorenzen, P
Barnhart, C Hoffman, P Raley, P
Farmer, IF Pérez, P Reed, P
Moustakas, 3B Romano, P Stephenson, P
Suárez, SS Stephenson, C Strop, P
Votto, 1B Blandino, IF Casali, C
Castellanos, OF India, 2B Colón, IF
Senzel, OF Aquino, OF Davidson, IF
Winker, OF Naquin, OF Galvis, IF
Akiyama, OF
Ervin, OF
Jankowski, OF
VanMeter, OF


MOST RECENT REDS TO ML DEBUT ON OPENING DAY
Jonathan India …… 2021 Pokey Reese ……….. 1997
Shogo Akiyama …… 2020 Jacob Brumfield ……. 1992
Barrett Astin ………… 2017 Tim Layana ………….. 1990
Logan Ondrusek ….. 2010 Chris Sabo …………… 1988
Josh Hamilton ……… 2007 Lloyd McClendon ….. 1987
Scott Williamson ….. 1999 Leo Garcia …………… 1987
REDS WITH 2 HITS IN MLB DEBUT ON OPENING DAY
Jonathan India * …. 2021 Jimmy Outlaw (3) ….. 1937
Tony Gonzalez ……. 1960 Ival Goodman ………. 1935
Frank Robinson …… 1956 Billy Myers (3) ………. 1935
Frank Baumholtz …. 1947 Lew Fonseca * …….. 1921
Grady Hatton (3) ….. 1946 John Kane …………….. 1907
Mike McCormick ….. 1940 Mike Mitchell (4)…….. 1907

  • India & Fonseca are the only 2 second basemen
    REDS WITH 2 HITS IN MLB DEBUT ON OPENING DAY
    & 2 HITS IN SECOND MLB APPEARANCE
    Jonathan India (4) .. 2021 Jimmy Outlaw (5) ….. 1937
    REDS SHORTSTOPS WITH HOME RUNS ON OPENING DAY
    Eugenio Suárez ….. 2021 Dave Concepcion …. 1974
    Barry Larkin ………… 1995 Leo Cardenas ………. 1966
    Barry Larkin ………… 1991 Roy McMillan ……….. 1960
    Barry Larkin ………… 1987 Eddie Miller ………….. 1947
    Dave Concepcion …..1984 Courtesy @EliasSports

  • REDS WITH HOME RUNS ON OPENING DAY
    Mike Moustakas ………………. 9 games, 4 HR
    2015 vs WSox off Jeff Samardzija (solo)
    2017 at Min off Ervin Santana (solo)
    2019 vs StL off Miles Mikolas (solo)
    2020 vs Det off David McKay (2-run)
    Joey Votto …………………….. 12 games, 3 HR
    2010 vs StL off Chris Carpenter (solo)
    2011 vs Mil off Kameron Loe (solo)
    2020 vs Det off Matthew Boyd (solo)
    Nick Castellanos ……………… 8 games, 2 HR
    2017 at WSox off José Quintana (2-run)
    2021 vs StL off Jack Flaherty (2-run)
    Eugenio Suárez ……………….. 6 games, 1 HR
    2021 vs StL off Jack Flaherty (solo)

  • CAREER OPENING DAY APPEARANCES, REDS
  1. Barry Larkin, Pete Rose …………………. 17
  2. Dave Concepcion …………………………. 16
  3. Johnny Bench ………………………………. 14
  4. Joey Votto ………………………………… * 13
    Votto has been on 14 Opening Day rosters

  5. MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUN LEADERS, 2018-2021
    Trout ………… 101 Cruz …………. 94 Arenado ….. 88
    Suárez ………… 99 Yelich ………. 92
    MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUN LEADERS SINCE 8/1/19
    Suárez ……. 36 Castellanos …. 31 Cruz …………. 31
    Alonso …… 35 Abreu …………… 31 4
    ACTIVE* PLAYERS W/ 1,910 H – 412 2B – 295 HR – 967 RBI
    Player Hits Doubles HR RBI
    Albert Pujols ……. 3,237 ………… 669 ….. 663 …. 2,104
    Miguel Cabera ….. 2,868 ………… 581 ….. 488 …. 1,732
    Robinson Cano … 2,624 ………… 571 ….. 334 …. 1,302
    Joey Votto ………. 1,910 ………… 412 ….. 295 ……. 967 * Robinson Cano is suspended for the 2021 season

TODAY’S GAME: Is Game 3 of the 2021 Championship Season and
Game 3 of a 6-game homestand that includes a 3-game series vs the
Pirates that begins tomorrow…the Redlegs went 7-19-2 in spring training.


SERIES NOTES: The Reds went 4-5-3 in their previous 12 series vs
StL, including 1-2 in 3 series in 2020… the Cardinals’ .507 winning
percentage at Great American Ball Park (77-75) is the highest among
all NL Central opponents and the only winning percentage among division
teams above .500…Joey Votto has 213 career hits vs the Cardinals
(213-689, .309, .945ops), the most among active players…in the live ball
era, his career .427 OBP vs StL ranks second among all players with at
least 500 plate apps (Lefty O’Doul 1st, .477; Ralph Kiner 3rd, .424)…in
his last 76 apps vs StL beginning 8/2/16, Votto is hitting .323 (92-285, 19
2b, 1 3b, 12hr, 43rbi, .421obp, .523slg).


PIRATES UP NEXT: The Reds went 7-3 vs Pit in 2020…the last 2 games
of last season’s first scheduled home series here, on 8/15 & 8/16, were
postponed to allow for additional testing following a positive test for
COVID-19 by a Reds player…those postponements led to a doubleheader
split on 9/4 at PNC Park and to a doubleheade sweep by the Reds on 9/14
at GABP…was the Reds’ first doubleheader sweep of the Pirates since
8/31/09, also at GABP.

VOTTO RETURNS: 1B Joey Votto on Opening Day was reinstated from
the injured list…he missed 13 days of spring training camp (3/8-3/20)
after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus…returned to camp on 3/21
and 5 days later was back in the starting lineup…played in 3 of the Reds’
last 4 exhibition games, including 5 innings last Friday, 5 innings Saturday
and 8 innings on Monday’s getaway day…the 2010 MVP and 6-time AllStar gave the team permission to disclose the positive test result.

INJURED: OF Shogo Akiyama (left hamstring strain), RHP Sonny Gray
(muscle strain in his back) and RHP Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder
strain) began the season on the 10-day injured list…Akiyama is continuing
his rehab at the alternate training site in Louisville…RHP Brandon
Bailey will begin the year on the 60-day injured list and will miss the season
following 2/26/21 “Tommy John” surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral
ligament in his right elbow.

SHIFTING: Beginning with an exhibition game on 3/16, Eugenio Suárez
made his last 10 starts of the spring at shortstop and Mike Moustakas
made his last 9 starts at third base…Jonathan India led the team with
16 spring training starts at second base…in 2015, Suárez led the Reds in
starts SS but in each of the last 5 seasons led the team in starts at 3B…
he holds the National League record for home runs by a third baseman
(49hr in 2019)…in the first 9 seasons of his Major League career through
2019, Moustakas made 1,042 apps at 3B and 47 apps at 2B…he
received Rawlings Gold Glove Award votes for defensive excellence at
third base in 2012, 2015, 2018 and 2019, finishing second in the balloting
in 2012…last season he played second base full-time for the first time in
his career and led the Reds in games at that position.

YESTERDAY’S TRANSACTIONS: The Reds claimed off waivers from the
Indians and optioned to the alternate training site C Beau Taylor…RHP
Edgar García, who on Opening Day was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for starting 2B Jonathan
India, cleared waivers and was outrighted to the alternate training site…C Deivy Grullón was designated for assignment…
the Reds’ 40-man roster is at 40 players.

2020 RED HOTS
• The 2020 Championship Season was shortened to 60 games by a global pandemic fueled by the COVID-19 virus.
• With 7-2 win at Min in the 58th game of the season, the Reds cliched their first Postseason berth since 2013…Joey
Votto was the only player or coach remaining from that 2013 club.
• Reds won their last 5 series of the regular season, including 4 series wins vs Postseason teams (StL, Mil, WSox,
Min).
• The Reds were the only road team to win a series at Min’s Target Field, where the Twins finished with the best home
record in the Major Leagues at 24-7.
• The Reds joined the 1906 White Sox and 2007 Diamondbacks as the only teams ever to finish last in the league in
batting average and still earn a Postseason berth.
• Became the first Reds team, since 1900, with more walks (239) than singles (221).

ALTERNATE WORKOUT SITE: The Reds’ alternate workout
site will be located this season at Louisville Slugger Field,
home of their long-time Class AAA affiliate…last year’s alternate
workout site was located in nearby Mason at Prasco Park,
which serves as the home of the Cincinnati Spikes, a non-profit,
select, traveling baseball team.

INJURED LIST
On Date Off ^Games
Player (Reason) IL Eligible IL Missed
Shogo Akiyama (left hamstring) 4/1 4/8 – 1-1
*Brandon Bailey (right elbow) 4/1 5/31 – 1-1
Sonny Gray (back strain) 4/1 4/8 – 1-1
Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder) 4/1 4/8 – 1-1
^ Team record in number of games missed while on the Injured List

  • Bailey on 60-day injured list

WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS: 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, 1990 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: 1919, 1939, 1940, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1990

Today’s Pitcher – #23 Jeff Hoffman, RHP

Jeff Hoffman

RED HOTS • Is making his second career start vs the Cardinals, his first since 2017.
• Is in his first season with the Reds.
• On 11/25/20 was acquired from the Rockies, along with minor league RHP Case Williams, for RHP Robert Stephenson and minor league OF Jameson Hannah.
• In 2020 for the Rockies made 16 apps, a single-season career-high in relief, during the shortened season.
• 8 times last year threw more than 1.0 inning, including a career-high 3.0 innings in relief on 8/8 at Sea.
• In that 5-0 win on 8/8 at Sea, allowed the only Mariners hit in the fifth combined 1-hitter in Rockies history.
• Was selected by the Blue Jays in the first round (9th overall) of the June 2014 first-year player draft…was rated the No. 13 prospect in that draft…became East
Carolina University’s highest pick in any MLB, NBA, NHL or NFL draft.
• Prior to that June 2014 draft, had “Tommy John” surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after experiencing soreness during his
final season at East Carolina University.
• Made his Major League debut in 2016, just his second as a professional, with 8 apps for the Rockies.

HOFFMAN’S 2021 SPRING TRAINING APPEARANCES
DATE TEAM OPP RESULT DEC ERA BAA GS CG BFP IP H R ER BB SO HR PT
3/21 CIN @LAD T, 4-4 (7) – 9.00 .286 1 0 9 2.0 2 2 2 1 0 0 –
3//8 CIN @COL W, 6-4 – 3.60 .263 0 0 12 3.0 3 0 0 0 4 0 –
3/13 CIN OAK L, 2-5 L (0-1) 5.87 .241 1 0 13 2.2 2 3 3 2 4 1 –
3/18 CIN @TEX L, 9-12 – 7.50 .277 1 0 20 4.1 6 5 5 1 4 1 –
3/23 CIN @SD L, 4-5 – 6.88 .262 1 0 19 5.0 4 3 3 1 3 0 –
3/28 CIN @MIL L, 1-7 L (0-2) 8.66 .286 1 0 7 0.2 3 4 4 2 1 1 –
2021 Spring Totals, 6 games 1-4-1 0-2 8.66 .286 5 0 80 17.2 20 17 17 7 16 3 –
2020 Season, 16 games 13-13 2-1 9.28 .352 0 0 104 21.1 32 23 22 9 20 3 399
Single-Game Career Highs 29 7.0 9 9 9 6 9 4 103

HOFFMAN CAREER VS CARDINALS
DATE TEAM OPP RESULT DEC ERA BAA GS CG BFP IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP PT
7/26/2017 COL @STL L, 5-10 L (6-3) 5.58 .270 1 0 21 4.0 7 7 6 3 3 1 0 88
Career vs Cardinals, 1gs 0-1 0-1 5.58 .270 1 0 21 4.0 7 7 6 3 3 1 0 88

HOFFMAN VS CARDINALS BATTERS
BATTER PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO BA OBP SLG
Bader, Harrison STL 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Carpenter, Matt STL 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 .500 .667 1.000
DeJong, Paul STL 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 .333 .333 1.333
Goldschmidt, Paul STL 7 7 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .571 .571 .714
Martinez, Carlos STL 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Molina, Yadier STL 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Team Totals 19 17 1 9 2 0 1 6 2 0 1 .529 .579 .824

COURTESY CINCINNATI REDS & MLBpressbox.com

Posted in MLB
RELATED ARTICLES
2 months ago