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For the second time this season, the Colorado Rockies (25-37) and the Cincinnati Reds (29-31) will face off in a series. In the first four game series, the teams split. Colorado won the opener 13-8, and followed that up with a 9-6 win in game two. Cincinnati took the final two games 6-5 and 7-6 to earn the road split. The Rockies finished up their series at Miami last night after press time. Colorado and Miami split the first two games of the series, with Miami taking the opener 6-2. The Rockies won 4-3 on Wednesday. Raimel Tapia was 3-for-5 with two runs scored out of his leadoff spot, while Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in the win.
The Reds lost to Milwaukee 7-2 yesterday afternoon, dropping their series to the Brewers. Luis Castillo took his ninth loss of the year, allowing three earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. The Brewers scored four runs off the Reds bullpen to put the game out of reach. Nick Castellanos collected two of Cincinnati’s six hits in the loss. Joey Votto hit his sixth home run of the season. The Rockies enter the series with first baseman Matt Adams on the 10-day IL, while the Reds will be missing center fielder Nick Senzel and left fielder Aristides Aquinos.
Freeland Looks to Bounce Back From Rough Start
Kyle Freeland was roughed up in his last start, which was his third of the season. Saturday against Oakland, Freeland gave up five earned runs and 10 hits in five innings, while walking and striking out one batter. Freeland has not made it out of the fifth inning in any of his starts this season, although he was pitch counted in his first start. In 13 innings, Freeland has surrendered 19 hits and nine earned runs, while walking eight and recording seven strikeouts. The Rockies bullpen is 9-12 with 10 saves, an ERA of 5.40, and a 1.534 WHIP in 203.1 innings. The relief corps has combined to allow 122 earned runs and 211 hits with walking 101 and striking out 202 batters.
Over the past seven days, Colorado has slashed a blistering .304/.348/.435 with three home runs, 26 RBI, 12 walks, and 45 strikeouts. Against righties this season, the Rockies have hit .234/.299/.379 with 42 home runs and 182 RBI in 46 games. On the road, Colorado has slashed .200/.274/.291 with 12 home runs and 64 RBI in 28 games. Brendan Rodgers has led this lineup over the past seven games, slashing .500/.563/.750 with one home run and three RBI. Against righties, Raimel Tapia has hit .285/.33/.424 with five home runs and 26 RBI, while Charlie Blackmon has batted .293/.402/.415 with 10 RBI on the road this season.
Red Hot Mahle Gets Start Against Rockies
Tyler Mahle has been solid over his last three starts, allowing just two earned runs and nine hits in 17.1 innings while walking three and recording 12 strikeouts. Mahle faced the Rockies earlier this season, and allowed two earned runs and seven hits in seven innings. He did not factor in the decision. On the season, Mahle has allowed 23 earned runs and 50 hits over 62.1 innings while walking 20 and recording 72 strikeouts. He carries a 3.35 FIP and a 1.123 WHIP into tonight’s matchup. Opponents have hit .216 against the righty, with a .283 BABIP and a 34.4% hard hit rate.The Reds bullpen comes into today’s game with a solid 11-6 record, 14 saves, a 5.81 ERA, and a 1.463 WHIP. The relief corps has worked 232.1 innings, allowing 150 earned runs and 205 hits while walking 135 and striking out 264 batters.
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— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 10, 2021
As a team, the Reds have batted .254/.363/.449 with eight home runs, 30 RBI, 27 walks, and 47 strikeouts over the past seven days. Against left handed pitching, Cincinnati has hit .230/.330/.385 with eight homers and 34 RBI in eight games. At home, the Reds have slashed .262/.347/.475 with 49 home runs and 156 RBI in 28 games. Individually, Jesse Winker comes into this game slashing .333/.448/.708 with three homers and seven RBI over his past seven games. Nick Castellanos leads the team against left handed pitching, slashing .409/.435/.727 with three home runs and nine RBI. At home, Castellanos is batting .412/.455/.814 with 10 homers and 24 RBI.
- Cincinnati: Reds are 14-4 in their last 18 Friday games.
- Cincinnati: Reds are 5-2 in their last 7 overall.
- Colorado: Rockies are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League Central.
- Colorado: Rockies are 4-12 in their last 16 Friday games.