The Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox will wrap up their 3-game series at Fenway Park this evening. After taking the first two games of the series the Reds will look to complete their second straight sweep on the road. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 7:10pm ET.
Boston Red Sox
|Kevin Newman – 3B||Alex Verdugo – RF|
|Matt McLain – SS||Rafael Devers – 3B|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Justin Turner – DH|
|Spencer Steer – 1B||Masataka Yoshida – LF|
|Tyler Stephenson – DH||Jarren Duran – CF|
|Stuart Fairchild – RF||Enrique Hernandez – SS|
|Nick Senzel – LF||Triston Casas – 1B|
|Jose Barrero – CF||Connor Wong – C|
|Curt Casali – C||Enmanuel Valdez – 2B|
|Hunter Greene – RHP||Chris Sale – LHP|
|Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Chris Sale’s Stats
After struggling for much of May, Hunter Greene closed out the month with his best start of the season with six hitless innings against the Cubs where he walked two and struck out 11 batters.
When it comes to lefties and righties, Hunter Greene pitches much better against lefties than he does righties. This season lefties have an OPS of .630 against him while hitting for way less power and striking out significantly more often. Righties are hitting well across the board against him, with a .904 OPS and plenty of power. Not shown below in his splits are the home and road splits, which are significant. His OPS against on the road is 142 points lower and his ERA is 1.77 runs lower.
It was a tough start to the season for Chris Sale. Through his first five starts his ERA was 8.22 and he had allowed 30 hits and 10 walks in 23.0 innings pitched. In his next five starts he posted a 2.23 ERA with just 20 hits and four walks in 32.1 innings.
Left-handed hitters have been able to find success against Chris Sale this season – but with a caveat. Teams just aren’t allowing many lefties to face him. He’s only had to face a lefty 38 times this season in his 10 games and it’s only been the best of the best teams had to offer. Right-handed hitters haven’t been too successful against him, posting a .699 OPS against him on the year.
When and Where
- Game time: 7:10pm ET
- Where: Fenway Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 67°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Nick Lodolo is still in a boot and will continue to be
David Bell said Nick Lodolo (calf) will be in a boot for the next two weeks. No throwing progression yet.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) June 1, 2023
Joey Votto is mentoring the club while on the IL
This morning Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer published a piece on Joey Votto and how he’s been working with, talking to, providing insight and advice to the team while he works his way back from his shoulder surgery.
Spencer Steer on his change in hitting mechanics
David Laurila of Fangraphs sat down and talked with Spencer Steer about his hitting and there’s a lot of good stuff in there about how some mechanical changes have helped him find power over the past few seasons.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|