The Cincinnati Reds will look to even up the series after falling last night 2-1. Hunter Greene takes the mound for Cincinnati and will look to continue what he’s done over his last two starts. The Blue Jays will send Alek Manoah to the mound. First pitch in Toronto is set for 3:07pm ET.
Here are the lineups for this international match up:
Toronto Blue Jays
|TJ Friedl – CF||George Springer – CF|
|Tyler Naquin – RF||Bo Bichette – SS|
|Tommy Pham – LF||Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – DH|
|Joey Votto – DH||Teoscar Hernandez – RF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Santiago Espinal – 2B|
|Mike Moustakas – 3B||Alejandro Kirk – C|
|Colin Moran – 1B||Matt Chapman – 3B|
|Alejo Lopez – 2B||Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 1B|
|Matt Reynolds – SS||Raimel Tapia – LF|
|Hunter Greene – SP||Alek Manoah – SP|
|Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Alek Manoah’s Stats
Coming off of 7.1 no-hit innings his last time out, Hunter Greene will look to build on that against the Blue Jays. After allowing five home runs in a disastrous start against Milwaukee to begin the month, he’s given up just one over his last two outings. Control and walks have been a bit of a struggle at times and he’s walked four or more batters in four of his seven starts.
Right-handed hitters have crushed Greene this season, posting an OPS against him of 1.060 with 8 of their 18 hits being home runs. Left-handed batters haven’t had nearly the same kind of success against Greene, posting an OPS 350 points lower. Worth noting here that Greene has thrown zero change ups to right-handed batters this season as he enters his 8th start.
Since being called up last season, Alek Manoah has been one of the best starting pitchers in baseball. He’s made 27 starts and posted a 2.81 ERA in 153.2 innings for the Blue Jays.
His splits are quite big. Right-handed hitters have basically no chance against, hitting a cool .111 with an OPS of .359 this year – and it wasn’t much different last season, either. Left-handed hitters handle things much better, hitting .279 with a .364 on-base percentage. They don’t hit for much power against him, but they have a chance to get something going.
When and Where
- Game time: 3:07pm ET
- Where: Rogers Centre
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: They play in a dome
News and Notes
Joey Votto’s legacy at his high school
Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer looked at Joey Votto’s legacy at his former high school and how he’s remained connected 20 years later.
“Joey is the most sincere person you’ll ever meet,” said Stath Koumoutseas, who was Votto’s baseball coach. “He’s honest and he’s humble. He has never forgotten Richview. He’s still one of the guys. He’s a superstar, but he really enjoys coming by and talking with us. He has never forgotten us. That’s what sets him apart from most.”
David Bell said Kyle Farmer’s off day today is about “being smart.”
Mike Minor’s rehab start got good reports.
Nick Senzel had a scheduled off day yesterday on his rehab assignment and is continuing to progress.
Max Schrock is expected to start a rehab assignment soon.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) May 21, 2022
Reds prospect Connor Phillips struck out 13 batters last night
Last night was full of intrigue on the Reds farm. Connor Phillips, who came over in the trade with Seattle, struck out 13 batters for the Dayton Dragons as they swept a doubleheader that included a walk-off homer.