Coming off a historic Game 1 of this NL Wild Card series matchup where pitching dominated, the Reds and Braves will try to get their offenses going. The only run allowed the entire day was a walkoff RBI single by Freddie Freeman to give the Braves a 1-0 series lead and put the Reds on the verge of elimination. Cincinnati will send Luis Castillo to the mound and Atlanta will counter with rookie Ian Anderson. Castillo has pitched three times (all starts) against the Braves in his career and is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 innings of work.
These two teams made MLB Playoff history yesterday being the first game where neither team scored in the first 12 innings of play. Both pitching staffs were dominant as these two set the record for strikeouts in a single postseason game, as every single batter in the starting lineup for both teams struck out at least once. These teams could use another dominant start out of the pitchers since both managers were forced deeper into their bullpens then either would’ve liked to in game one.
Fix the Mistakes From YesterdayThe Cincinnati Reds had control in a lot of yesterday’s game. They had multiple times where they were in prime position to put some runs on the board. In the first inning, Cincy had runners on the corner with one out but failed to score. In the sixth inning with Nick Castellanos on first base, Joey Votto singled to left field and Castellanos was thrown out trying to advance to third base, killing a potential run-scoring opportunity. In the seventh inning, they tried to execute a delayed double steal with runners on the corners and one out that resulted in an inning-ending double play.
The Reds have struggled to manufacture runs without the long ball this year, as 60 per event of their scoring was provided via the home run. There’s another stat that proves this same point: 27% of the Reds base runners have scored, which is the lowest number in the majors this season. They also struggled with runners in scoring position as they finished just a measly 1-for-12. If they want to keep their season alive and force a game three, Cincy needs to get some runs across early in this game and take some pressure off of Luis Castillo.
Get the Offense GoingThe Atlanta Braves were one of the best offenses in the regular season, as they led in hits (556), extra base hits (236), total bases(1,001), RBI (338), OBP (.349), tied for first in slugging (.483), and OPS (.832). They have the offensive firepower to completely make a game out of reach with their bats. After getting overmatched in the first game, they need the offense to lead the way with a rookie starter on the mound and the bullpen used in the first game of the series.#MixItUp pic.twitter.com/KhAmgdPH5c
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Freddie Freeman has definitely made a case for the NL MVP as he had a .341/.462/.1.102 slashline in this truncated season. He also has been a good bat in the postseason throughout his career as he has a .344 OBP with a pair of homers in 56 career at-bats coming into the series. He also had the walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 13th off of Amir Garrett to get the pivotal first game of the series. He leads the offense, especially this year, and with the potential of an extra day off before going to the MLB Bubble on the west coast, expect them to get going to set up the pitching staff and avoid playing a winner-takes-all game three.
- Atlanta: 2-3 in last 5 home games
- Atlanta: 3-3 in games where Anderson started
- Cincinnati: 6-4 in last 10 games
- Cincinnati: 19-16 vs ATL since 2015