The Cincinnati Reds will look to avoid being swept (both in this series and on the season) by the Los Angeles Dodgers as the two teams wrap up their 3-game series at Great American Ball Park this afternoon. The Reds will look for Hunter Greene to be their stopper on the day, while the Dodgers turn to future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35pm.
Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s contest:
Los Angeles Dodgers
|Trea Turner – SS||Jonathan India – DH|
|Freddie Freeman – 1B||Brandon Drury – 1B|
|Will Smith – DH||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Max Muncy – 2B||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Chris Taylor – RF||Donovan Solano – 3B|
|Justin Turner – 3B||Matt Reynolds – 2B|
|Gavin Lux – LF||Albert Almora Jr. – RF|
|Cody Bellinger – CF||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Austin Barnes – C||Chris Okey – C|
|Clayton Kershaw – SP||Hunter Greene – SP|
|Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Clayton Kershaw’s Stats
The season line for Hunter Greene still doesn’t look all that great with a 5.26 ERA. But over his last eight starts that number is 3.65 and he’s been able to keep the home runs to an acceptable level, giving up just seven of them in 44.1 innings over that stretch. The walk rate has lowered itself in that span, too, as he’s held hitters to a .174/.257/.342 line over that time.
Greene has dominated lefties this season. Righties have a slugging percentage against him that is higher than the OPS against him from lefties. The splits have been about as night-and-day as they get. Even in his last eight starts where he’s been much better overall, righties are still slugging .532 against him with an OPS of .838. Lefties in that stretch are hitting just .098/.213/.159 against him in those same eight starts.
The unquestionable best pitcher of his generation, Clayton Kershaw isn’t the same pitcher he used to be, but the results are. Through seven starts this season his ERA is at 2.08, he’s not giving up home runs, not walking anyone, and he’s striking out a bunch of guys.
Left-handed hitters don’t get many chances to face him, but this season when they have, they’ve hit .320 against him with as many walks in 29 plate appearances as right-handed hitters have against him in 118. Righties are hitting an absurdly low .167 against him this season with a .195 on-base percentage. Usually you’d say that guys were due, but against Kershaw….. they usually aren’t.
When and Where
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 81°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
A whole lot of losing
Reds have lost 8 straight games to the Dodgers, all by multiple runs. It's their longest losing streak to one team all by multiple runs since they lost 8 straight vs the Cubs in 2015-16. They've twice had streaks of 9 games, which is their max:
1991 vs Pirates
1944-45 vs Cubs
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) June 23, 2022
Giving up on the playoffs
OK, yes, it would take a miracle for the Cincinnati Reds to turn the season around and make the playoffs, but it’s still June and there’s an event planned for Great American Ball Park for October 13-16. It’s strange to see, but hey, if you want to hit some golf balls, Topgolf has you covered.