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Reds starter Luis Castillo allowed one earned run on six hits and one walk while striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the Wild Card Round on Thursday. The Reds are eliminated from the postseason with this loss.

Fantasy Impact: Castillo pitched well on Thursday, but the Reds were unable to score any runs in 22 innings (two games) this postseason. Castillo finished the regular season with a 3.21 ERA and 89 strikeouts over 70 innings in 2020.

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Shogo Akiyama is leading off and playing left field in Thursday's Game 2 of the Wild Card Round versus the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Nick Senzel hit first against the lefty Max Fried on Wednesday. Now it's Akiyama's turn opposite right-hander Ian Anderson. The Reds failed to score a run in 13 innings in Game 1. Manager David Bell is hoping that Akiyama can set the table in this do-or-die Game 2.


Reds starter Trevor Bauer tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings on two hits and no walks while striking out 12 in a no-decision against the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round Wednesday. The Braves went on to win the game 1-0 in extra innings.

Fantasy Impact: Bauer was brilliant on Wednesday, but he was matched on the other side of Max Friend, who threw seven scoreless innings of his own. Bauer is among the favorites for the NL Cy Young award this season, and he showed why on Wednesday even if he didn't come away with the win.

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Nick Senzel is leading off and playing center field in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round against the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: The former top prospet had a disappointing year for Cincinnati, hitting .186 with a .604 OPS in 23 games. He gets the start versus the lefty Max Fried, however. This game kicks off a little after 12:00 PM EST on Wednesday.


Archie Bradley (back) is "going to be good to go" for the playoffs, said Reds manager David Bell. (Source: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bradley last pitched September 20th and missed time due to lower back tightness. “It was good knowing that he could have pitched, but he didn’t,” said Bell. “It worked out even better just to give him those days. He’s going to be good to go.” Bradley is expected to be all systems go for the Wild Card round. The 28-year-old owned a (2-0) record, 2.95 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 18 strikeouts over 18 1/3 innings.

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Raisel Iglesias (4-3) allowed one run (zero earned) on one hit and no walks while striking out three over one 1/3 innings in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Twins. He picked up his fourth win of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Iglesias recorded the final four outs and picked up the win after the Reds tacked on three runs in 10th inning. He ended the regular season on fire, striking out 12 over his last eight scoreless 2/3 innings. The Reds traded for Archie Bradley during the MLB trade deadline, but the team continued to use Iglesias in closing situations. He finishes 2020 with a (4-3) record along with a 2.74 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 31:5 K:BB over 23 innings.

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Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-5 with a double and in two RBI in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Suarez drove in two in Sunday's win and has now collected 38 RBI this season. With his two-hit outing, the right-hander was able to get his average above the mendoza line. Suarez finished the 2020 campaign, slashing .202/.312/.470 with 15 home runs, 38 RBI and 29 runs scored over 231 plate appearances.

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Nick Castellanos went 0-for-4 with a walk in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Castellanos ended the season on a high note by reaching base in five of his last six games. After a breakout 2019 campaign, he took a step back in 2020. slashing Castellanos slashed .229/.300/.495 with 14 home runs, 34 RBI and 37 runs over 237 plate appearances in 2020.

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Sonny Gray allowed two hits and four walks while striking out four over five 1/3 innings in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Twins. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Gray had command issues walking a season-high four batters in Sunday's win. He returned from the injured list September 22nd and yielded three runs while striking out 12 over 10 1/3 innings. Gray finished the 2020 season with a (5-3) record along with 3.70 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 72 strikeouts over 56 innings. The right-hander is currently scheduled to start Friday against the Braves in Game 3 of the wild-card round.

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Freddy Galvis went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored in Friday's 7-2 win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Galvis took Jose Berrios deep in the fifth inning for his seventh long ball of the season. He was splitting time at shortstop with Jose Garcia, but has started four of the last five contests. Galvis has struggled most of 2020, slashing .221/.307/.412 with seven home runs, 15 RBI and 18 runs scored over 153 plate appearances in 2020.

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Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Friday's 7-2 win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Moustakas has been red hot the last week of the season, hitting .391 (9-for-23) with five doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and one stolen base over his last six games. He is slashing .237/.344/.489 over 154 plate appearances in 2020.

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Tyler Mahle allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out four over two 1/3 innings in Friday's 7-2 win over the Twins. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Mahle was able to escape a bases-loaded jam in the first inning before yielding a run in the third frame. He was quickly removed from the game and replaced by Michael Lorenzen. The Reds clinched their first playoff berth since 2013. Mahle was productive this season, finishing 2020 with a 3.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 60:21 K:BB across 47 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old will most likely come out of the bullpen in the playoffs and compete for a rotation spot in 2021.

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Jesse Winker went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Winker was responsible for one of the Reds three home runs in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Brewers. He is hitting .150 (3-for-20) with two home runs and four RBI in last 24 plate appearances. Winker is slashing .259/.385/.552 over 51 games in 2020.

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Joey Votto went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Votto took Adrian Houser deep in the first inning for his 11th long ball of the season. He is .316 (6-for-19) with two home runs, four RBI and six walks over his last six contests. Votto is slashing .227/.349/.455 over 209 plate appearances in 2020.

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Nate Jones was DFA'd by the Reds on Tuesday. Sonny Gray was activated from the IL in a corresponding move. (Source: C. Trent on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones has a 6.27 ERA over 18 2/3 innings pitched this season. He has a career 3.31 ERA over 310 innings pitched but hasn't had a full season of work since 2016. Still, a bullpen needy team will likely take a flier on him during the offseason.

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Curt Casali went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's 6-3 win over Milwaukee.

Fantasy Impact: Cusali took Drew Rasmussen deep in the eighth inning for his sixth long ball of the season. He is slashing .224/.373/.522 with eight RBI over 83 plate appearances in 2020.

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Aristides Aquino went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's 7-3 win over the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Aquino took Russ Detwiler deep in the fifth inning for his second long ball of the season. He was not in the starting lineup and pinch hit for Shogo Akiyama in the fourth inning. Aquino continues to play sparingly since being called up and is slashing .200/.349/.548 over 18 games in 2020.

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Michael Lorenzen allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out eight over four 2/3 innings in Sunday's 7-3 win over the White Sox. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Lorenzen threw a total of 93 pitches, landing 57 for strikes. He was able to limit the White Sox to three hits, but didn't pitch deep enough into the game to qualify for the win. The right-hander has now struck out 14 batters over his last nine 2/3 frames. Lorenzen owns a 4.45 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 31 strikeouts over 30 1/3 innings in 2020. He is currently not scheduled for a start in the final week of the season.

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Tucker Barnhart went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday’s 7-1 win over the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Barnhart took Jonathan Stiever deep in the third inning for his fifth long ball of the season. The Reds homered four times off Stiever in Friday’s win. Barnhart is batting .212 with five home runs and 11 RBI over 85 at-bats in 2020.

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Amir Garrett allowed two walks while striking out one over a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Pirates. He earned his first save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Raisel Iglesias and Archie Bradley were unavailable after pitching the past few games. Garrett was called upon in the ninth inning and recorded the final three outs for his first save of the season. The 28-year-old has been impressive in 2020, posting a 2.81 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 23:5 K:BB with five holds over 16 innings.

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