MLB started tracking pitch velocity officially in 2008. The record for pitches thrown 100+ MPH was 33 from Jacob DeGrom. Tonight, Hunter Greene threw 39 pitches above 100+ in his hometown of Los Angeles.
Greene dominated the mighty Dodgers for five innings. Unfortunately for Greene and the Reds, an elite hitter in Trea Turner caught up to a fairly well located 98.9 MPH fastball and blasted it into the left field seats. Greene would leave later in the inning after 80 pitches, but finished the night throwing just shy of 50% of his pitches above the century mark.
The Reds offense was completely shut down again in Los Angeles until a too little, too late rally in the 9th. The Reds collected just four hits on the night in route to their 5th straight loss to fall to 2-7 on the young season. The Reds missing Jonathan India, Nick Senzel, Donovan Solano and Jose Barrero is certainly not ideal, especially in a four game series at Dodger Stadium, especially against really good left-handed pitchers.
|Los Angels Dodgers (6-2)||5||8||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (2-7)||2||4||0|
|W: Urias (1-1) L: Greene (1-1)|
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Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the biggest play of the game was Hunter Greene allowing a 2-run home run to Trea Turner with 0 outs in the 6th inning, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. That play increased the Reds probability of winning by 23.7% (from 37.7% to 14.0%).
Hunter Greene was absolutely electric. For a second straight start, the only damage he allowed was in his final inning of work. No matter how much of a struggle it is right now for this team, Hunter Greene should give Reds fans plenty to feel good about for the future. The most impressive thing for me is that Greene did not walk a single batter in 5.1 innings at Dodger Stadium against that ridiculous lineup. Greene only has 2 walks through his first 10.1 innings pitched. His poise is just remarkable. Greene’s final line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K.
Hunter Greene pitch-tracking era records tonight:
– 100 mph pitches in game (39)
– 101 mph pitches by SP in game (13)
– 101 mph K’s by SP in game (2, tied w/deGrom + Verlander)
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) April 17, 2022
Hunter Greene's 59 pitches of 100+ mph through his first two MLB starts are more than the Twins, Orioles, Brewers or D-backs have recorded as a team over the entire pitch-tracking era (since 2008).
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) April 17, 2022
Tyler Stephenson had a pair of hits. He broke up a no-hitter in the 5th.
Kyle Farmer finally got a hit in the 9th, but had two very hard hit balls for loud outs prior to that: 102.0 EV, .680 xBA lineout in the 4th; 98.0 EV, .450 xBA flyout in the 6th.
Tommy Pham finally got his first hit as a Red in the 9th inning. That ended an 0 for 22 start to his Reds career. Hopefully getting that out of the way will help get him going. Despite the 0 for 22, he has had some good plate appearances drawing walks and hit the ball really hard yesterday.
Tyler Stephenson had a pair of passed balls. Both were very tough plays, but this is certainly the one flaw of his game at the moment.
Joey Votto went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts. It’s been a slow start for Votto as he is hitting .129/.270/.161. Last year, Votto’s Statcast numbers showed a lot promise during his early season lack of results. Entering play today, Votto’s expected-weighted on-base average (xwOBA) was .288. MLB average for that stat is currently .335.
Aquino, Moustakas and Drury each struck out twice. That is a pretty rough bottom of the lineup for the Reds right now.
Not so random thoughts……..
Tomorrow will be a pretty big start for Tyler Mahle. It is clearly the best matchup of the series for the Reds facing a SP with a projected 4.22 ERA. It’s still very early in the season, but you can see how the season could quickly go off the rails for the Reds. Mahle has pitched very well in his first two starts for the Reds. They need a big one again tomorrow.
ICYMI, an update on Nick Senzel:
Nick Senzel was placed on the COVID IL, which has no minimum number of days on the IL. He was at the ballpark yesterday, but was sent to the hotel when he was feeling sick before first pitch.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) April 16, 2022
Reminder on the COVID IL: You do not have to test positive to be placed on it; just showing symptoms. Nick Senzel has NOT tested positive, but he has been sick for a couple of days.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) April 17, 2022
Reds at Dodgers
Sunday, 4:10 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Tyler Mahle (1.00 ERA/1.96 FIP) vs Andrew Heaney (0.00 ERA/1.45 FIP)