Last night saw Arizona come from behind and snatch a victory in the opener thanks to a go-ahead 2-run homer in the 8th inning. That win helped the Diamondbacks jump ahead of Cincinnati in the wild card race. The Reds will look to rebound tonight in game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 9:40pm ET.
|TJ Friedl – CF||Corbin Carroll – RF|
|Matt McLain – 2B||Ketel Marte – 2B|
|Elly De La Cruz – SS||Tommy Pham – LF|
|Spencer Steer – LF||Christian Walker – 1B|
|Nick Martini – DH||Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – DH|
|Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B||Alek Thomas – CF|
|Noelvi Marte – 3B||Gabriel Moreno – C|
|Will Benson – RF||Jace Peterson – 3B|
|Luke Maile – C||Geraldo Perdomo – SS|
|Hunter Greene – RHP||Brandon Pfaadt – RHP|
|Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Brandon Pfaadt’s Stats
After missing a little over two months with a hip injury, Greene’s return was a tough one as he allowed eight runs in 3.0 innings on 10 hits, five home runs, and three walks. He and the Reds will look for a better showing this time around.
When it comes to the splits, they are quite different for Greene. He gets crushed by right-handed hitters. They are hitting for average, the draw walks at a solid rate, and they hit for a lot of power against him. Greene does well against lefties, though. They draw walks at a good rate against him, but they don’t hit for much average or power against him. Not shown is that he also has big home and road splits this season. On the road his ERA is nearly four runs lower (3.31 ERA vs 7.24 ERA) and his OPS against is .698 (1.054 at home).
Cincinnati faced Pfaadt a month ago, scoring three runs in 6.0 innings and hitting three homers against him. The last time he took the mound, the righty had his best career start as he allowed one hit in seven shutout innings.
Both lefties and righties hit well against Pfaadt. Lefties hit for a higher average than righties, and that 30 point difference in average carries forward with both on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Like Greene, he’s got big home and road splits. His ERA at home is 7.96 (4.20 on the road) and his OPS against is .975 (.729 on the road).
When and Where
- Game time: 9:40pm ET
- Where: Chase Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: They play in a dome, which is good, because it’s 107°.
News and Notes
Justin Dunn suffered a setback on rehab
Dunn had been rehabbing his way back from his shoulder strain and had pitched in three games – two with the Arizona Complex League Reds and one with Triple-A Louisville – but he suffered a setback and is no longer on rehab assignment.
Welcome to the org, Trey Mancini
The Reds signed Trey Mancini on Wednesday to a minor league deal (we covered it here). Last night he played his first game in Louisville…. and he went off. He hit two home runs and also added a double.
Wild Card Race
With the loss last night the Diamondbacks passed the Reds for the final wild card spot. Cincinnati is now a half-game behind Arizona (and tied with San Francisco).
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|