Central Division leading Cincinnati Reds head to the desert to take on the “snakes” in Arizona

5-1, HOME 5-1, ROAD 0-0
Friday, April 9, 2021
Chase Field, Phoenix
• • • • • • • • • •
CINCINNATI REDS (5-1) at
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (2-5)

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
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 (1-1, 6.97) vs TBD 700 wlw, bsoh, espn, 9:45et
Wed at SF: RHP Tyler Mahle vs TBD 700 wlw, bsoh, 3:45et

TONIGHT’S GAME: Is the Diamondbacks’ 2021 home opener and Game
1 of the Reds’ first road trip of the season (0-0 at Ari, 3g at SF)…the
Redlegs began the 2021 championship season with a 5-1 homestand vs
the Cardinals (2-1) and Pirates (3-0)…following this road trip return to Great
American Ball Park for a 7-day, 6-game homestand vs the Indians (3g, off
day) and these Diamondbacks (3g).

IN MEMORIAM: As part of tonight’s Opening Night ceremonies the
Diamondbacks will honor Mike Bell, who during spring training died of
cancer at age 46…Mike is the son of Buddy Bell, the Reds’ Vice President,
Senior Advisor to President of Baseball Operations, and brother of Reds
manager David Bell…Mike spent 13 years working in the Diamondbacks’
player development department before joining the Twins’ Major League
coaching staff in 2020…Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said,
“This great baseball family blessed thousands of people over the 70 years
it has devoted to our game. We are honored that Mike, like his grandfather
Gus, his father Buddy and brother David, wore a Reds uniform.”…Mike
appeared in 19 games for the Reds in 2000…Buddy played for the Reds from
1985-1988…Gus played for the Reds from 1953-1961 and was inducted into
their Hall of Fame in 1964…David and Mike graduated from Archbishop
Moeller High School in Cincinnati.

Mike Bell Twins coach

SERIES NOTES: The Reds and Diamondbacks are meeting for the first time
since 2019…the Reds are 5-3 in their last 8 games at Chase Field…are 34-
19 at Ari with the ballpark roof closed and 6-12 with the roof open…Cin won
its first 7 games here until a 9-6 loss on 7/1/00.

FIRST-PLACE REDS

For the last 6 days the Reds have at least
shared first place in the NL Central and for
the third straight day are in first place alone…
prior to Tue hadn’t held the top spot alone
since 3/30/19, when following a rainout of
that season’s second game they had a 1-0
record and a lead in the NL Central of .033
percentage points over the Brewers…Tue
and Wed held a 1.0-game lead, their first
division lead of at least 1.0g since 5/7/17
following Scott Feldman’s 4-0 shutout vs
Johnny Cueto and the Giants…haven’t held
a division lead of more than 1.0g since a
season-high 1.5-game cushion on 4/18/17.

STREAKING
The Redlegs have begun a season with a 5-1
record for the first time since 2016…haven’t
begun a season 6-1 since 1994…their active
5-game winning streak is the longest active
streak in the Major Leagues and 1 game shy of
last season’s high (6g, 9/13-9/18).
MOST RUNS SCORED IN REDS HISTORY
Through 6 Games Through 7 Games
57 ………………………. 2021 62 ………………………. 1976
51 ………………………. 1976 57 ……………….. (6g) 2021
50 ………………………. 1904 56 ………………………. 1904
Courtesy @EliasSports 56 ………………………. 1896
MOST RUNS THROUGH 7 GAMES, ALL-TIME, SINCE 1900
70 ……….. 1962 Cardinals 62 ……………… 1976 Reds
70 …………. 1950 Yankees 61 …………..2003 Yankees
67 …. 1915 Brkln Tip Tops 61 …………. 1994 Athletics
63 …………… 1999 Indians 60 ……….. 2000 Cardinals
63 ……………… 1954 Cubs 60 …………… 1995 Indians
63 …………… 1902 Sentors 60 …………. 1956 Yankees
63 ……….. 1901 Cardinals Courtesy @EliasSports
TEAMS WITH 2 PLAYERS, 4 HR EACH, THROUGH 6 GAMES
2021 Reds …….. Nick Castellanos (4), Tyler Naquin 4)
2010 Blue Jays …… Alex Gonzalez (4), Vernon Wells (4)
1994 Rockies . Andrés Galarraga (4), Dante Bichette (5)
1993 Rangers ……. Dean Palmer (4), Juan González (5)
Courtesy @EliasSports
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jonathan India leads the National League in
hitting (.476) and ranks second with 10 RBI,
tied for fifth-most in Major League history
by a player in his first 6 career apps behind
only Dale Alexander (13 RBI in 1939), Trevor
Story (12 in 2016), Nico Hoerner (11 in 2019)
and Mandy Brooks (11 in 1925)…the RBI
became an official statistic in 1920.
LEADING OFF
Tyler Naquin is tied for the Major League lead
in HR (4) and leads the National League in RBI
(13)…on Tue and Wed vs Pit he became the first
Reds batter with a leadoff HR in consecutive
apps since Eddie Milner did it on 6/24 vs SD
& 6/25 at SF, 1984…Pete Rose (1976) and
Gary Redus (1983) are the only other Reds
batters with leadoff HR in consecutive apps…
no Reds batter has produced 3 consecutive
leadoff HR…Naquin’s 7 RBI on Tue vs Pit tie
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.

MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUN LEADERS, 2018-2021
Trout ………… 104 Cruz …………. 97 Arenado ….. 89
Suárez ………… 99 Yelich ………. 92 Martinez ….. 88
MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUN LEADERS SINCE 8/1/19
Suárez ……. 36 Castellanos …. 34 Abreu ……….. 32
Alonso …… 36 Cruz ……………. 34 Acuña ………. 32
ALL-TIME RUNS, REDS CAREER

  1. Pete Rose ………………………………. 1,741
  2. Barry Larkin …………………………….. 1,329
  3. Johnny Bench ………………………….. 1,091
  4. Joey Votto & Frank Robinson …. 1,044

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

TAXI SQUAD: The Taxi Squad for the Reds’ first road trip of the season
includes RHP Heath Hembree, RHP Art Warren, C Beau Taylor, IF Max
Schrock and OF Mark Payton…bio information on the members of the Taxi
Squad is available on Page 6.

HISTORIC: Reds batters have produced 57 runs runs, the highest total in franchise history through the first 6 games of a season…Reds batters lead the Major Leagues in runs scored, RBI, batting average and slugging percentage while ranking second in the majors in home runs and on-base percentage.

SHADES OF GRAY: RHP Sonny Gray (muscle strain in his back) on Monday at the alternate site in Louisville pitched in the scrimmage vs Royals affiliate NW Arkansas…Gray started and threw 60 pitches in 4.2 innings without issue

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

  • Bailey on 60-day injured list

Tonight’s Pitcher – #30 Tyler Mahle, RHP

Tyler Mahle

RED HOTS • Last name rhymes with rally.
• Doesn’t turn 27 years old until 9/29 but already has completed 4 Major League seasons.
• Made his fourth consecutive Opening Day roster and started the second game of this championship season.
• Has made 62 of his 63 Major League apps as a starting pitcher…made his only relief appearance, following 54 career starts, on 8/12/20 vs KC…entered that 5-4
loss in the second inning to replace starter Wade Miley…is his only professional relief appearance since 2015, when he made 26 starts and 1 relief appearance.
• During the 2020 season, opponents hit just .198.
• Was on the Reds’ 2020 Wild Card Series roster but didn’t pitch in the 2-game series sweep loss at Atl.
• In 2020 pitched out of the starting rotation in each of his first 2 apps (0-0, 1.80, .194oba) and in each of his last 7 apps (2-2, 3.67, .198oba).
• From 8/28-9/8 produced 3 consecutive quality starts, tying his career high (1-1, 3.48).
• In the minor leagues threw a no-hitter on 6/13/16 for Class A Daytona at Jupiter in which he faced the minimum 27 batters (4-0 win, 6k, 1hbp, 105 pitches) and
a 9-inning perfect game on 4/22/17 for Class AA Pensacola at Mobile (1-0 win, 8k, 88 pitches, 68 strikes).
• In 2015 received the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award as the Reds’ Minor League Player of the Year.

MAHLE’S 2021 STARTS
DATE TEAM OPP RESULT DEC ERA BAA GS CG BF IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP PT
Saturday CIN STL W, 9-6 W (1-0) 3.60 .211 1 0 21 5.+ 4 3 2 2 9 2 0 84
2021 Season, 1 start 1-0 1-0 3.60 .211 1 0 21 5.0 4 3 2 2 9 2 0 84
2020 Season, 10 games 5-5 2-2 3.59 .198 9 0 201 47.2 34 21 19 21 60 6 4 852
Single-Game Career Highs 28 7.0 12 10 7 4 12 3 2 113
2021 Spring Totals, 2 starts 1-1 1-1 7.94 .227 2 0 23 5.2 5 5 5 1 6 3 0 –

MAHLE CAREER VS DIAMONDBACKS
DATE TEAM OPP RESULT DEC ERA BAA GS CG BF IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP PT
9/6/2019 CIN ARI L, 5-7 L (2-11) 4.94 .264 1 0 20 4.1 6 5 5 2 3 2 0 92
Career vs Ari, 1 start 0-1 0-1 10.38 .333 1 0 20 4.1 6 5 5 2 3 2 0 92

MAHLE VS DIAMONDBACKS BATTERS
BATTER PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO BA OBP SLG
Ahmed, Nick ARI 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 2.000
Bumgarner, Madison ARI 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Cabrera, Asdrubal ARI 5 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .600
Calhoun, Kole ARI 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Escobar, Eduardo ARI 5 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .600
Kelly, Carson ARI 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Marte, Ketel ARI 3 2 1 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.500
Rojas, Josh ARI 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Smith, Caleb ARI 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Walker, Christian ARI 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .500 .000
Weaver, Luke ARI 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Team Totals 30 27 2 8 2 0 2 4 2 0 6 .296 .345 .593

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