After exploding for eight runs in a win last night the Cincinnati Reds will look to Mike Minor in his 2022 debut after the lefty missed the first two months of the season. The Washington Nationals will face off against the Reds 2018 2nd round draft pick Josiah Gray. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET tonight at Great American Ball Park.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s showdown:
|Cesar Hernandez – 2B||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Lane Thomas – LF||Brandon Drury – 3B|
|Juan Soto – RF||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Nelson Cruz – DH||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Josh Bell – 1B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Maikel Franco – 3B||Mike Moustakas – DH|
|Riley Adams – C||Albert Almora Jr. – RF|
|Luis Garcia – SS||Alejo Lopez – 2B|
|Victor Robles – CF||Matt Reynolds – SS|
|Josiah Gray – SP||Mike Minor – SP|
|Mike Minor (2021)||158.2||5.05||1.24||41||149|
|Links: Mike Minor’s Stats | Josiah Gray’s Stats
We are going to finally get a chance to see Mike Minor take the mound for the Cincinnati Reds after missing the two months of the year. In his last rehab start with Triple-A Louisville he allowed a run in 6.0 innings with nine strikeouts and he walked no one.
Last season teams limited how many lefties they sent to the plate against Minor, but even the ones who were sent out there didn’t do a whole lot against him. Right-handed hitters didn’t get on base much, but they showed good power against him.
Pitch Usage (2021)
Drafted by the Reds to the Dodgers, then traded by the Dodgers to the Nationals, Josiah Gray has been around quite a few organizations for someone who has only been in professional baseball for a handful of years.
Right-handed hitters hadn’t had a lot of success against Gray this season, though when they have gotten hits they have tended to be for extra-bases. Left-handed hitters, though, are crushing the ball against him. They are also getting on base against him at a high rate as he’s struggled with walks to lefties on top of giving up tons of extra-base hits to them.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 79°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
TJ Friedl optioned
Mike Minor needed to be added to the 26-man roster and that led to outfielder TJ Friedl being optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Justin Wilson undergoes Tommy John surgery
The Reds announced today that left-handed reliever Justin Wilson underwent Tommy John surgery. He’ll miss the rest of the 2022 season and at least part of the 2023 season.
Injury and rehab updates
Reds OF Jake Fraley will be in a boot for the next few weeks with a bone bruise, David Bell said.
Donovan Solano will start a rehab assignment on Tuesday.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) June 3, 2022
Reds Prospect Wins Pitcher of the Month
Dayton Dragons pitcher Joe Boyle was named as the Midwest League Pitcher of the Month for May after posting a 1.09 ERA in five starts that covered 24.2 innings where he struck out 34 batters.