After a nail-biting win last night, the Cincinnati Reds will look for the 2-game sweep in Boston against the Red Sox this evening. Cincinnati will send Hunter Greene to the mound and Boston will counter with Garrett Whitlock. First pitch is set for 7:10pm ET.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s interleague contest:
Boston Red Sox
|Nick Senzel – CF||Franchy Cordero – RF|
|Brandon Drury – 3B||Rafael Devers – 3B|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||J.D. Martinez – DH|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Xander Bogaerts – SS|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Alex Verdugo – LF|
|Albert Almora Jr. – LF||Trevor Story – 2B|
|Mike Moustakas – DH||Christian Vazquez – C|
|Aristides Aquino – RF||Jackie Bradley Jr. – CF|
|Matt Reynolds – 2B||Bobby Dalbec – 1B|
|Hunter Greene – SP||Garrett Whitlock – SP|
|Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Garrett Whitlock’s Stats
Through his first five starts this season Hunter Greene had an ERA of 8.71 and hitters had a .311/.388/.700 line against him with 10 home runs, 11 walks, and 29 strikeouts. Since then he’s made four starts and posted an ERA of 3.42 while holding hitters to a .172/.280/.368 line to go with 5 home runs, 13 walks, and 27 strikeouts.
Even though he’s pitched much better of late, he’s still struggled with right-handed hitters. Over his last four starts tehy are still hitting .270/.340/.563 against him. That’s an improvement – mostly in just giving up fewer extra-base hits – but it’s still a line that guys have won MVP awards with. Lefties, though, haven’t had too much success against him – though when they have gotten hits they have gone for extra-bases often. That isn’t so much the case in his last four starts where lefties are hitting just .051/.213/.128 against him.
The big right-hander has been very good this season in his time with the Reds Sox. He’s made seven starts and four relief appearances for Boston. All of his starts have come since April 23rd and all of his relief appearances came prior to that. Since moving to the rotation his ERA is 4.34 in 29.0 innings. However, since May began his ERA is 5.73 in five starts, and he’s given up a home run in four of those five games.
When it comes to his splits, things are a bit strange. Righties have no doubles or triples against him, but have hit four home runs. Lefties have just one home run against him, but they’ve piled up six doubles. Is that the Green Monster at play (four of his last five starts have been in Boston)?
When and Where
- Game time: 7:10pm ET
- Where: Fenway Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 61°, cloudy, 35% chance of rain
News and Notes
Tyler Naquin to the IL, TJ Friedl called up
Prior to the game today the Reds placed Tyler Naquin on the injured list and called TJ Friedl up from the taxi squad/Louisville. Naquin injured himself in last night’s game and exited in the middle of the 4th inning.
Tommy Pham scratched from the lineup again
For the second day in a row Tommy Pham was originally in the starting lineup and then removed.
Reds acquire a prospect
Earlier today the Reds and Mariners completed their trade from mid-April when Cincinnati sent Riley O’Brien to Seattle for cash or a player to be named later. That player wound up being infielder Luis Chevalier, a switch-hitting 20-year-old that is still in rookie ball.