The Cincinnati Reds return home from a 3-3 road trip on the west coast to welcome in the Chicago White Sox for three games in the Queen City. First pitch tonight is set for 6:40pm ET. This game is exclusively on Apple TV+. This year that requires a subscription to watch. Free trials may be available if you haven’t had one in the past.
Chicago White Sox
|Tim Anderson – SS||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Andrew Benintendi – LF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Andrew Vaughn – 1B||Spencer Steer – 1B|
|Eloy Jimenez – DH||Tyler Stephenson – DH|
|Gavin Sheets – RF||Jake Fraley – LF|
|Luis Robert Jr. – CF||Henry Ramos – RF|
|Yasmani Grandal – C||Nick Senzel – 3B|
|Hanser Alberto – 3B||Kevin Newman – SS|
|Elvis Andrus – 2B||Luke Maile – C|
|Lance Lynn – RHP||Hunter Greene – RHP|
|Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Lance Lynn’s Stats
In his first two starts of the year Hunter Greene allowed five runs in 8.0 innings, walked six batters, and allowed 10 hits. In the four starts since he’s allowed four runs in 20.0 innings on 19 hits and five walks. He’s only allowed one earned run over his last three starts.
This season has seen the splits for Greene as extremes. He’s pitched very well against lefties, who have a .179 average against him and a .574 OPS. Right-handed hitters are finding much more success. They’ve hit .339 with an OPS of .885 against him. They haven’t hit any home runs, but they have picked up plenty of singles and doubles along the way. Last season righties also hit better off of Greene than lefties did, but not nearly to this extreme.
Over the previous four seasons, Lance Lynn has had an ERA under 4.00. This season, though, he’s had a very tough start and his ERA currently sits at 7.16. He’s striking out a good number of hitters, but he’s given up tons of homers and walked more than his fair share of batters.
This year it’s been left-handed batters that have been crushing the ball against Lance Lynn. They have an OPS just over 1.000 and have six home runs in 60 at-bats against him. Right-handed hitters have been solid, but nothing stands out from that side of things this season. In the previous two seasons lefties also hit Lynn better, but not by nearly as much as they have so far in 2023.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Apple TV+
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 71°, cloudy, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Wil Myers is back, but isn’t
Wil Myers is back with the club but not active yet. He said he was down with Covid for a few days. While the team was out of town, he worked out at GABP. Myers hopes he can be back in the Reds lineup on Saturday.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) May 5, 2023
Big night on the farm
Thursday night was a great time to sit around and watch some minor league baseball games. While there were some big things that happened in the Dayton doubleheader and in Chattanooga, it was the game in Louisville that had two of the biggest things go down. Matt McLain hit for the cycle but somehow that was overshadowed by Christian Encarnacion-Strand hitting three home runs. The Bats held on to win that game 12-10. We wrote about it this morning and have video of all of the action if you want to check it out.
Home town cooking
The Cincinnati Reds have been real bad on the road, going 4-12. But when they are at Great American Ball Park they’ve played well, going 9-6 in front of the home crowd.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|
I burned my Apple TV one timer last year to watch the reds so I am following peripherally. Those watching give an extra detail on what happens. Love to see the Reds ahead of the Cards and Cubs aren’t Juggernauts either. Winnable series. Catch the Cubs and keep the Cards where they belong.
Bold prediction #1- Matt McLain starts at SS Tuesday
Bold prediction #2 -Andrew Abbott starts on Mother’s Day.
Do you have more than 1 email address? Just asking. 😉 I have heard tell that some rascals have more than 1 Apple (or Google or whatever) account. Now whether a person’s IP address or some such would get cross checked and cause refusals, I cannot say.
It has to be time for Mclain, Bell won’t start Barrero and Newman is not the answer. CES should come up with him to play first base and DH.
If Bell isn’t going to play Barrero (which is RIDICULOUS) then Matt McLain please. Newman is a waste of roster space. Free Jose (or at least promote McLain).
Trade Barrero to a real team. Dodgers would likely be thrilled to have him. And would likely start him. I’m sure they’d send some cash Krall’s way. That all that matters.
I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Barrero is traded soon.
Agree with all of these comments.
Bell obviously PERSONALLY doesn’t like Barrero, for some reason. Maybe he thought he was too cocky.
But yes, if Bell isn’t going to play him, trade him. Let Barrero become the next Edwin Encarnacion, who Jerry Narron also seemed to dislike personally.
As I posted yesterday, while the Reds were enjoying their day off, ALL of the other teams in the NL Central Division LOST today!
Time to start a new winning streak!
I’ve decided to just do the WLW audio feed tonight. I don’t want to create another streaming account, even a freebie trial, for a single game. Just isn’t worth it to me.
So Thrall and Cowboy it is for tonight’s Pig Kicking Extravaganza!!!
Anybody seen Jose? Asking for a friend … 😮
I was surprised to see that Apple is “only” $7 a month; and, apparently, they go by days and not hard calendar months. So, a person can drop in and out easily. $7 bucks isn’t bad for even one game let alone if a team has several in a 30 day interval.
I think it is just the principle of it that rankles. I hope Manfred is able to pull it off and MLBTV becomes the focal point where we can buy a full subscription and they figure out in the back room who gets what and take care of routing the money.
It’s only impacting us tonight and on June 2nd. I can skip those two for audio only. I have no idea who the TV broadcast team will be, but it’s not a big deal for me. I’d rate my indifference about 75% principle about another platform ID and 25% other.
I’ll be switching from my Windows all in one PC to my iPad at about 7:15 EDT. That could get interesting. I have Edge on the iPad because my password manager works across devices. I hope the iPad doesn’t force me to use an Apple app or even worse Safari ;-(
Took me 20 minutes to get signed in on the iPad. Thankfully nothing big happened in the game.
Edge authenticated me into Apple TV but the hardware forced me to switch to the official app. Therein the issue. My wife’s account is primary on the iPad and I had to get it unconnected from the Apple TV app to switch to mine. Not at all clear or intuitive like Apple claims to be
Charlie goldsmith with a votto update. Sounds like hes not far off. Several quotes supportive of franchise at every level helping him
With myers coming back and Votto ramping up and Stephenson in limbo… i wouldnt bet on CES coming up anytime soon
Another HOF lineup for the Reds offense tonight! Again, the Reds should be familiar with Lance Lynn as an OLD Cardinal SP!
Let’s go Reds! Score early & often and give Hunter Greene a lead to work with for once with!
Greene off and running.
So eating on the deck and following on RLN
What’s to eat?
Good hitting by Friedl there.
The dude is legit
Philly cheese steaks!
Cincy weather is amazing today!
Double thumbs up….for the food and the weather
25 pitches thru 2 for HG. 1 infield hit allowed.
Again, the SOs are nice but I would like to see Greene go 7 innings tonight!
Right about now I’d like for him to think about a double play ball. Like you I want him to pitch well into the game.
Is it Greene’s fault that they swing and miss.
actually it is.
For what it’s worth, the ChiSox have the same record as the Cardinals at 10-22!
45 pitches through 3. We can live with that.
6 K’s 45 pitches thru 3. Very sharp. 1 walk to Andrus.
Wife and I are at the game hoping for free Pizza!
Might get it by the 7th!
White Sox swing at everything. Benintendi had no chance with those high fastballs.
If ever there was a time for a bunt….Maile should have been tapped for the task.
TJ hits the chalk for 3 bags!!! 1-0
Like I said, Freidl is legit.
Friedl a triple. Best hitter we have right now.
can’t believe they overturned that.
Reds have the worst luck on replays.
At least it’s a double and an RBI
Friedl is a core outfielder
Yeah. He might be a keeper even when all of the sorting is done.
Umps are miked up….except when there’s an argument.
Which is the exact time I’d like to hear them!!
Looks like Greene doing great. They should sign that guy!
Two great oppo hits for Steer and Steve
Fraley loops one in.
Haha Fraley has had like three little dunks in left field lately for RBIs. Getting the job done.
They all show up as hits in the Box Score!
Back from my walk. Heard the first run and now the second. Nice string of hits, even if they weren’t blasts.
Alright Senzel for an RBI. He’s been cooling off a bit lately.
Senzel is finding that stroke.
Senzel comes through!
Rally killing GIDP, but at least we plated a couple.
How many of those have we seen this season?
Back-to-back singles yielded by Greene to start the top of the 5th inning! Greene needs to buckle down!
That was a bullet Greene threw to Senzel. Senzel was smiling at Greene
a GABP homerun? Says 356 feet?
just a pop up
SMH… I know Reds hit them too, just frustrating. lol
And then THAT happened
Up and in pitch too….GABP Special.
I had just dropped the Andrus bum from fantasy roster.
New game but we get one more inning if we need it. Time to resume the Crooked Number Parade.
The good news is that Greene may last 7 innings tonight!
India leaves the surly bonds!!!
Maile adds absolutely nothing offensively to this team. He can’t even help his team by taking a pitch.
But we need 3 catchers right? Ty Steve is the only one who has the ability to hit!
But we need Tyler Stephenson as DH or at 1B where he is solidly below average.
That’ll do India! That’ll do!
India with a HR. He and Friedl are good at the top of the order.
India comes through!
India’s bomb was a major league home run, unlike the cheap one the King of Rock and Roll hit at the top of the inning.
May get a good look at the ChiSox BP tonight with Lance Lynn at 80+ pitches already thru the bottom of the 5th inning!
Even when Reds hit the wall scraper homeruns I find it annoying. I do wish they would move fences back just a tad.
Or raise them. Or both. Either way, it’s not like you are taking away seats that get occupied.
Oriole wall adjustment….great success.
If Greene walks Vaughn Bell will take him out I bet
What a great HR saving catch by TJ
Freidl is legit.
Friedl might get arrested for stealing that HR. 🙂
Thrall was pretty excited announcing it.
haha I bet.
I suppose I’ll need to find that highlight to watch. Nice work by TJ.
Maybe Doug will have it on the recap
Hey JB. Is Friedl legit? 🙂 What do you think?
Got it! I’ll remember that. 🙂
Yelp…that David Bell is some manager
Well crap …
India didn’t even get out of his crouch and turn around on that homer. No doubter
A strike called a BAll omg
Greene, with 2 HRs and 5 runs allowed and nearly 100 pitches, will, once again, NOT make it into the 7th inning!
1st HR’s allowed since opening day.
That was no cheapy
Greene really needs a third pitch. They have figured him out third time through
He has a fastball, Slider, and Change up.
Brantley was saying how he was using the pitches today with command. Well not this inning though lol
He doesn’t use the change up very often. I don’t get it. He could be a beast if he uses it more. Go through this every game with him not using his change up.
He throws the changeup some….just not enough.
Not enough to suit RLN 😛
Weather must be improving with these balls flying out of the park. Of course, “flying” doesn’t really apply to what Andrus did.
So What do you all think, why not let Greene face on more batter. Have someone start a clean inning?
I think it was time….Some hard hit balls last 2 innings…(not Andrus).
I agree with Bell for a change
Because he is getting rocked. Would have been three homers if it wasn’t for Freidl. Who is legit.
Thanks, I was just curious
Greene really had lost it a few batters before the Roberts home run. I have no idea why our manager wasn’t able to see it.
Interesting observation. I just follow along lol
Greene’s night is done and he’s still looking for his first W this season. Them’s the breaks, or so I’m told.
For me, Greene is NOT the ACE of this 2023 pitching staff! That title currently resides with Ashcraft! Another outing of less than 6 innings completed! Can’t figure him out! Yes, he’s young and will hopefully improve yet this year!
Only one (1) walk by Greene tonight, so that’s something!
Two steps forward, one step back I’m thinking. He’ll be fine ultimately.
I have said this already, however I get frustrated with the cheap homeruns. I mean 356ft. To what left center? or straight away left, at any event that is just a routine fly ball.
He was cruising along and bam. As Mark said he will ultimately figure it out.
Ace is just a label. Means nothing.
Aces only matter if you are a playoff team.
How about poker?
Yes indeed…pocket rockets.
I think Ramos is showing up now for what he is. Hopkins time?
the shine is wearing off a little
Senzel nice glovework there.
Sims looking very solid
For those paying attention, we are losing to a 10-22 team at home!!! Time to buckle down and score some runs! Trying to figure this team out hurts my 70-year old brain!
HAHAHAHA I concur
16 walks in 6 games for Lynn.
Of course! Points out the Reds wholesale lack of plate discipline!
or their pitcher was throwing strikes.
We haven’t been fishing much tonight.
Good hit by Maile there. haha. It’s not often you see a catcher miss a fair ball pop.
1st time playing 2nd.
Diving stop and throw.
I guess “natural position” only applies to Reds
I don’t follow?
If you’re a good player…doesn’t matter where you play.
I would have never guessed he has 2000 hits
Cowboy’s comments on Andrus and that play said it all. He just showed why he’s still playing despite hitting a buck-fifty or less.
I disagree with that VA, as that suggest the Reds don’t have good players and we know they do. As Jeff Brantley said in regards to Stephenson, It isn’t as easy as it looks playing first base.
Or any position, for that matter.
Well catcher is unique and doesn’t really apply to my statement.
Do i need a asterisk for catchers?? LOL
FYIY Ty hasn’t looked awful at first.
Tying run at first base in Luke Maile. But hey no need for a pinch runner. Not like you carry three catchers or anything.
Opps pitch runner now with a 2-2 count
Wow. Fairchild now in after the balk.
Isn’t it time for Fairchild to pinch run?
Wow it was. So now Casilli and Fairchild done?
Maile, Casilli replaces Maile. yes fairchild done
Analytics must of told Bell to do that. yet another example of why
Absolutely. And the way Newman is hammering the ball. Manager of the Year.
They really need to rally, hate to lose this game and set up a bad feeling for this series.
Farmer with a scoreless 8th! That, in and of itself, is a miracle!
Facebook feed just posted the Friedl web gem.
Quick add me Mark lol
The Reds just don’t have anyone in the line up that opposing pitchers fear. Hopefully CES, EDLC or McClain will be those guys. Right now it’s a line up of #7 place hitters.
Call on the farm system and bring up the youngsters. Change is needed. Time to go the Tampa Bay way.
White Sox needs to bring in Billy Hamilton. Give Roberts a rest.
Two guys that look lost, among others, are Steer and Stephenson. You are correct that none of the current hitters strike fear into anybody. There is no reason for CES and Mclain to not be on this team.
Ty is on the strugglebus for sure
Well here we go. Somebody gets on , Newman will get up. Can’t wait.
Are you kidding me?
Tootblan at the wrong time.
Poor base running there. Costly.
What are you doing Jake????
Cannot catch a break.
Routine fly ball turns into a 3 run homerun. Band box of a ball park strikes again.
Tuff luck Greene
99mph…high and inside…off the plate.
Don’t know how he hit it
Scratched the back of the wall
So much for looking forward to facing the White Sox.
Smart teams figure out a way to win! Dumb teams find ways, often unique, how to lose! Wonder which one we are?
Tough night to say the least. Glimmers of hope that got shattered along the banks of the Ohio.
But you know I’ll be back. I’m just that kind of guy. Night, all.
Greene still winless! And, the Reds wasted an opportunity to pick up a game on the Pirates who lost this evening!
Disappointing doesn’t begin to describe it!
Good news: The Reds have a fun team coming together. It just takes some patience to wait for several of them to arrive. The Reds are on a turtle clock.