Tejay Antone (0-1, 2.49 ERA) vs. Dakota Hudson (2-2, 3.19 ERA)
The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals will meet again on Saturday after the Reds won an uneventful 3-1 contest Friday night. The Cardinals were up and down quickly with Luis Castillo working fast on the hill. He recorded a complete game, as Castillo went 9 innings with just 2 hits and 1 earned run allowed.
There wasn’t anything that Castillo did wrong in that game, and is responsible for getting the Reds their 20th win on the season. With the victory, the Reds are a 20-25 team going into Saturday.
Maybe the Reds can make a late push at the postseason. Yes, we’re in a season where a team with a record of 20-25 is still alive in the postseason race. The expanded playoffs are giving an opportunity to teams who probably don’t deserve to play baseball in October.
In any event, I’m not really considering the first-round part of the postseason. I know it will technically be called the Major League Baseball Wild Card Round, but come on, they’re nothing more than play-in games for bad teams that are receiving a mulligan.
The San Francisco Giants are currently in possession of the final wildcard in the National League with a record of 23-22. Their series against the San Diego Padres is currently grounded because of a coronavirus test that came back positive. At least two games have been postponed because of the news.
Those are some important games that the Giants will have to make up in the future. If the playoffs started today, the Cards would reach the playoffs with a record of 19-19 and the sixth seed. Not too shabby for a .500 baseball club.
The Cardinals have been so-so in 2020 and their record reflects that. Mediocre play deserves a mediocre record of 19-19. They couldn’t figure out Castillo last night, and might be in for another challenge on Saturday night at Busch Stadium.
Rookie Tejay Antone has looked strong with a terrific delivery. Antone hopes to keep the Cardinals guessing tonight. Dakota Hudson is scheduled to counter for the Cardinals on the bump. Head below for our free Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals pick for September 12, 2020.
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The Reds are hoping for big things out of 26-year-old Tejay Antone. He waited a while patiently in the minors for his opportunity and it’s finally arrived. Antone has been able to make the most of it so far through 25.1 innings of work. After getting his feet wet in the bullpen as a warm up, Antone received a spot start on August 5 against the Indians. Antone was sharp with 2 hits and 1 earned run conceded through 4.1 innings of work.
In his most recent showing, Antone was on point again, with 1 earned run in 5 innings against the Pirates at PNC Park last week. The numbers have been good for Antone with a 2.49 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Beyond the solid numbers, though, Antone has passed the eye test with some impressive velocity and control.
Antone has routinely shown the ability to touch the mid 90’s with command. Note that teams are hitting just .151 against Antone. In 2.1 innings out of the bullpen against the Cardinals earlier in the season on August 22, he didn’t give up a hit or run. The Cardinals will fortunately be armed with Dakota Hudson on the hill.
If they need to get into a pitching duel, Hudson should be able to keep up with Antone. Hudson enters Saturday with a solid ERA of 3.19 and 1.00 WHIP through six starts and 31 innings. In four out of six outings, Hudson has conceded 2 or fewer runs, with 3 or less in every start since he gave up 4 earned runs in his 2020 debut against the Pirates.
Hudson has been on fire against the Reds throughout his career. The Reds are hitting just .112 with a .140 OBP against Hudson in 98 at-bats. Mike Moustakas has been one of the few Reds to be able to hit Hudson, and he is expected to be out again on Saturday with a foot injury. Expect Antone and Hudson to share the spotlight on Saturday night, with a low-scoring game pointing towards a play on the UNDER.