Wednesday's scouting report: Reds at Pirates
Pirates beat reporterRob Biertempfel's inside look at Wednesday's game:
• Reds closer Aroldis Chapman reached 100 mph on 15 of his first 21 pitches after coming off the disabled list May 11. He missed the start of the season after being struck in the face by a line drive in spring training. Going into this series, Chapman had retired 38 of 41 batters, including 22 in a row from May 23 to June 11. He'd made 11 straight scoreless outings.
• The Reds are getting good production from their catchers. Devin Mesoraco, Brayan Pena and Tucker Barnhart are batting a combined .268. The trio ranks second at that position with 12 home runs and fourth with a .465 slugging percentage. Mesoraco, who turns 26 Thursday, has been on the DL twice this season (hamstring, oblique).
Online betting site Bovada.com lists Pirates OF Gregory Polanco as a 5-to-7 favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Other candidates are Diamondbacks SS Chris Owings (2 to 1), Reds OF Billy Hamilton (3 to 1) and Cardinals OF Oscar Tavares (20 to 1). AL frontrunners are Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2 to 5) and White Sox 1B Jose Abreu (3 to 1).
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