#LateNightReds continues tonight, as the Reds tee off against the Mariners in Seattle tonight at 10:10 PM EDT. The Reds lost another one run game last night, because of course they did. Hopefully, they’ll have a bit better go of it tonight.
It’ll help that they’ll have Sonny Gray on the mound, who’s had a great bounce-back season with the Reds, but has been particularly incredible as of late. He’s struck out 96 batters over his last 81.1 innings pitched dating back to late June, with a 1.55 ERA in that span.
He’s surpassed Luis Castillo as the leader of the Reds rotation at this point, and should garner some down-ballot Cy Young votes once the season is over. In Derek Johnson, we trust.
Opposite of Gray will be Marco Gonzalez for the Mariners. He’s put a fine season, amassing 2.1 bWAR in 175 innings pitched with at 4.37 ERA. He’s been roughed up in his last two starts, coming on the road in the state of Texas, where he gave up nine earned and three dingers in 11 innings. His home and road ERA split is nearly identical, but from a battling against standpoint, he’s faired much better in T-Mobile park, allowing a .267/.303/.367 slash against in Seattle in 83.1 IP, vs. a .282/.342/.496 away from home (91.2 IP).
Being a game in an American League park, the DH will be used, where Eugenio Suarez will fill in as the hitter while Alex Blandino makes the start at 3B.