Red-hot Cincinnati Reds go for 5 wins in a row in Wednesday 12:35 game with Pirates

4-1, HOME 4-1, ROAD 0-0
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Great American Ball Park
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CINCINNATI REDS (4-1) vs
PITTSBURGH PIRATES (1-4)

FIRST-PLACE REDS
The Redlegs are in first place alone for the
first time since 3/30/19, when following a
rainout of the season’s second game they had
a 1-0 record and a lead in the NL Central of
.033 percentage points over the Brewers…
enter today’s games with a division lead of at
least 1.0 game for the first time since 5/7/17
following Scott Feldman’s 4-0 shutout vs
Johnny Cueto and the Giants.

STREAKING
The Redlegs have begun a season with a 4-1
record for the first time since the 2016 club
began 4-1 and then 5-1…their active 4-game
winning streak is 2 games shy of last season’s
high (6g, 9/13-9/18).

MOST RUNS IN REDS HISTORY
Through 5 Games Through 6 Games
46 ………………………. 2021 51 ………………………. 1976
44 ………………………. 1976 50 ………………………. 1904
44 ………………………. 1895 48 ………………………. 1896
43 ………………………. 2011 48 ………………………. 1895
41 ………………………. 1896 Courtesy @EliasSports

YOUNG GUN
Jonathan India has produced 7 RBI, the
most by a Reds player in his first 5 career
Major League apps since the statistic became
official in 1920…Joey Votto (2007) and Tyler
Stephenson (2020) each produced 6 RBI in
their first 5 games…courtesy @EliasSports.

LEADING OFF
Tyler Naquin last night produced 7 RBI, tied
with Brandon Phillips (7/30/15 vs Pit) for the
most in a game by a Reds leadoff batter
since the statistic became official in 1920…
Naquin is the first Major Leaguer to produce
7 RBI in a game from the leadoff spot since
Oak’s Marcus Semien did it on 8/26/19 at
KC…courtesy @EliasSports.

HE WAS OUR PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RF Nick Castellanos became only the fourth
player in franchise history to produce in the
Reds’ first 4 games of a season at least 8 hits
and 3 HR…according to @EliasSports, he joins
Deron Johnson in 1967 (8h, 4hr), Kal Daniels
in 1988 (11h, 3hr) and Todd Frazier in 2013
(8h, 3hr)…through the season’s first weekend,
Castellanos led all National League batters in
slugging percentage (1.364) while ranking
T1st in HR (2) and extra-base hits (4), T2nd in
RBI (5) and third in batting average (.545) and
on-base percentage (.583)

MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUN LEADERS, 2018-2021
Trout ………… 103 Cruz …………. 97 Arenado ….. 88
Suárez ………… 99 Yelich ………. 92 Martinez ….. 88
MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUN LEADERS SINCE 8/1/19
Suárez ……. 36 Cruz ……………. 34 Abreu ……….. 32
Alonso …… 36 Castellanos …. 33 Acuña ………. 32
ACTIVE* PLAYERS W/ 1,912 H – 412 2B – 295 HR – 968 RBI
Player Hits Doubles HR RBI
Albert Pujols ……. 3,238 ………… 669 ….. 663 …. 2,104
Miguel Cabera ….. 2,868 ………… 581 ….. 488 …. 1,732
Robinson Cano … 2,624 ………… 571 ….. 334 …. 1,302
Joey Votto ………. 1,912 ………… 412 ….. 295 ……. 968 * Robinson Cano is suspended for the 2021 season

ALL-TIME RUNS, REDS CAREER

  1. Pete Rose ………………………………. 1,741
  2. Barry Larkin …………………………….. 1,329
  3. Johnny Bench ………………………….. 1,091
  4. Frank Robinson ……………………….. 1,044
  5. Joey Votto ……………………………… 1,042
    ALL-TIME WALKS, MAJOR LEAGUES
  6. Willie Randolph ………………………… 1,243
  7. Jimmy Wynn ……………………………. 1,224
  8. Joey Votto ……………………………… 1,217 All-time leader is Barry Bonds (2,558)

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

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Wed vs Pit: RHP Luis Castillo (0-1, 21.60) vs RHP Chad Kuhl (0-0, 3.00) 700 wlw, bsoh, mlbn, 12:35et
Thursday: Off day in Arizona
Fri at Ari: RHP Tyler Mahle (1-0, 3.60) vs RHP Taylor Widener (1-0, 0.00) 700 wlw, bsoh, mlbn, 9:40et
Sat at Ari: RHP Jeff Hoffman (1-0, 1.80) vs TBD 700 wlw, bsoh, 8:10et
Sun at Ari: RHP José De León (0-0, 3.60) vs RHP Luke Weaver (0-0, 4.76) 700 wlw, bsoh, 4:10et
Mon at SF: LHP Wade Miley (1-0, 0.00) vs TBD 700 wlw, bsoh, mlbn, 9:45et
Tue at SF: RHP Luis Castillo vs TBD 700 wlw, bsoh, espn, 9:45et
Wed at SF: RHP Tyler Mahle vs TBD 700 wlw, bsoh, 3:45
Thursday: Off day in Cincinnati

TODAY’S GAME: Is Game 3 (2-0) of a 3-game series vs Jimmy T’s Pirates
and Game 6 (4-1) of a 6-game homestand that included a 2-1 series win
vs the Cardinals…immediately following this afternoon’s game, the Redlegs
will fly to sunny Phoenix for tomorrow’s day off before beginning a 6-game
road trip at Diamondbacks (3g) and at Giants (3g).

RED HOTS: Reds bench coach Freddie Benavides today is celebrating
his 55th birthday…Mike Edwards, a 2014 Winton Woods High School
graduate, 2018 University of Kentucky graduate and Super Bowl LV
champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will throw out today’s ceremonial
first pitch.

SERIES NOTES: Spanning last season, the Reds have won the last
6 games and 7 of the last 8 games vs the Pirates…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 doubleheader 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.

HISTORIC: Reds batters have produced 46 runs runs, the highest total in
their history for the first 5 games of a season…Reds batters lead the Major
Leagues in runs scored and slugging percentage while ranking second
in the majors to the defending World Series champion Dodgers in batting
average and on-base percentage.

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

  • Bailey on 60-day injured list

Today’s Pitcher – #58 Luis Castillo, RHP

Luis Castillo, Reds pitcher during the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Parade in Cleveland. By Erik Drost on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

RED HOTS • In Thu’s 11-6 loss vs StL made the second Opening Day start of his career.
• In that Opening Day loss failed to record a strikeout for the first time since 4/28/18 at Min (1ip)…since then had recorded at least 1 strikeout in 69 consecutive
starts (5/2/18 – 9/26/20)…allowed a career-high 10 runs, including 6 runs in the top of the first inning, and tied his career high by allowing 8 earned runs…the
Reds allowed 6 runs in the top of the first inning of an Opening Day game for the first time in their history.
• Since his Major League debut in 2017 leads the Reds’ pitching staff in wins (32), starts (91), IP (523) and strikeouts (578).
• Is the first pitcher with an ERA of 3.62 or lower through his first 4 seasons for the Reds, with a minimum of 90 starts, since Gary Nolan (2.92, 1967-1970).
• Led the Reds in starts in each of the last 3 seasons, in wins and strikeouts in 2 of the last 3 seasons and in ERA and innings pitched in 2 of the last 4 seasons.
• In 2020 ranked among the National League leaders in strikeouts per 9 innings (11.44, 6th), strikeouts (8th) and ERA (11th).
• In September 2020, led the National League in wins (4) while ranking fifth in ERA (2.20) as the Reds battled for their first Postseason berth since 2013.
• Started and suffered the 5-0 loss at Atl in the deciding Game 2 of the National League Wild Card Series…allowed only an RBI-double to Ronald Acuña Jr. with 2
outs in the bottom of the fifth inning…became just the second Reds pitcher ever to record at least 7 strikeouts while only allowing 1 run or less in a Postseason
debut, joining Hod Eller (9k, 1919 World Series Game 5 at White Sox).
• In 2019 was the Reds’ Opening Day starting pitcher, a National League All-Star and the NL’s Pitcher of the Month for March/April.
• In 2019 averaged 10.57 strikeouts per 9 innings, the highest ratio in Reds history for pitchers with a minimum of 125 innings…in the shortened 2020 season
averaged 11.44 strikeouts per 9 innings over 70 innings pitched.

CASTILLO’S 2021 STARTS
DATE TEAM OPP RESULT DEC ERA BAA GS CG BF IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP PT
Opening Day CIN STL L, 6-11 L (0-1) 21.60 .444 1 0 21 3.1 8 * 10 * 8 2 0 1 1 73
2021 Season Totals, 1 start 0-1 0-1 21.60 .444 1 0 21 3.1 8 10 8 2 0 1 1 73
2020 Season Totals, 12 starts 5-7 4-6 3.21 .233 12 1 292 70.0 62 31 25 24 89 5 1 1153
Single-Game Career Highs 31 9.0 9 10 8 6 13 3 2 119
2021 Spring Totals, 3gs 1-2 1-1 1.93 .265 3 0 39 9.1 9 2 2 5 8 0 0

CASTILLO CAREER VS PIRATES
DATE TEAM OPP RESULT DEC ERA BAA GS CG BF IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP PT
8/26/2017 CIN PIT L, 0-1 L (2-7) 3.26 .208 1 0 24 7.0 3 1 1 1 9 1 0 106
9/1/2017 CIN @PIT W, 7-3 – 3.32 .208 1 0 17 4.0 3 2 2 1 5 0 0 89
4/6/2018 CIN @PIT L, 3-14 L (0-2) 9.00 .300 1 0 24 5.0 6 4 4 3 3 0 0 107
5/24/2018 CIN PIT W, 5-4 W (4-4) 5.34 .272 1 0 23 6.0 4 2 2 2 5 1 0 90
6/16/2018 CIN @PIT L, 2-6 L (4-8) 5.77 .267 1 0 23 5.0 6 3 3 2 2 2 0 85
3/28/2019 CIN PIT W, 5-3 – 1.59 .111 1 0 22 5.2 2 1 1 3 8 0 0 91
5/27/2019 CIN PIT L, 5-8 – 2.33 .187 1 0 26 5.1 6 3 1 4 4 0 1 101
7/31/2019 CIN PIT W, 4-1 W (10-4) 2.63 .192 1 0 27 7.0 6 1 1 0 7 0 0 101
9/4/2020 CIN @PIT W, 4-2 W (1-5) 3.95 .270 1 0 26 6.0 7 2 2 2 8 0 0 93
9/16/2020 CIN PIT W, 1-0 W (3-5) 3.03 .231 1 0 24 7.0 3 0 0 1 10 0 0 91
Career vs Pirates, 10 starts 6-4 4-3 2.64 .218 10 0 236 58.0 46 19 17 19 61 4 1 954
Career vs Pit at GABP, 6 starts 4-2 3-1 1.42 .183 6 0 146 38.0 24 8 6 11 43 2 1 580

CASTILLO VS PIRATES BATTERS
BATTER PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO BA OBP SLG
Frazier, Adam PIT 18 16 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 .188 .278 .188
Gonzalez, Erik PIT 8 8 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .250 .250 .375
Hayes, Ke’Bryan PIT 6 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .400 .500 .400
Moran, Colin PIT 20 18 1 8 1 0 1 5 2 0 1 .444 .500 .667
Newman, Kevin PIT 12 12 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 .250 .250 .250
Polanco, Gregory PIT 8 8 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500
Reynolds, Bryan PIT 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .000 .111 .000
Stallings, Jacob PIT 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Team Totals 83 77 1 20 4 0 1 7 6 0 19 .260 .313 .351

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