There are five games left in the regular season for the Cincinnati Reds. Tonight they’ll start up a 2-game set in Cleveland against the Guardians. If the Reds want to make the playoffs they likely need to win out. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 6:10pm ET.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Steven Kwan – LF|
|TJ Friedl – CF||Jose Ramirez – 3B|
|Spencer Steer – LF||Josh Naylor – 1B|
|Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B||Kole Calhoun – DH|
|Joey Votto – DH||Andres Gimenez – 2B|
|Noelvi Marte – 3B||Gabriel Arias – SS|
|Elly De La Cruz – SS||Will Brennan – RF|
|Will Benson – RF||Bo Naylor – C|
|Luke Maile – C||Myles Straw – CF|
|Hunter Greene – RHP||Lucas Giolito – RHP|
|Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Lucas Giolito’s Stats
Coming off of one of the best starts of his career – he struck out 14 batters with one walk and allowed a run in 7.0 innings against Minnesota – Greene will be looking to repeat that performance against Cleveland. Tonight’s start will be his first against Cleveland in his career.
His splits are pretty big. Right-handed hitters hit quite well against Greene, putting up a high average and plenty of power. Left-handed hitters don’t do much hitting against him with a sub .200 average and only hit for mediocre amounts of power against him.
After being claimed on waivers by Cleveland, Giolito got shelled in his debut as he gave up nine runs in 3.0 innings in a 20-6 loss to Minnesota. In the three starts since then he’s allowed five earned runs in 19.1 innings with four walks and 27 strikeouts (2.33 ERA). Giolito faced the Reds a month ago when the Angels came to town and he allowed one earned – but three more unearned – in 6.0 innings.
The splits for Giolito pretty much don’t exist. The OPS for righties is .778 and for lefties it’s .771. They do get there a little differently, though. Lefties walk more, but hit for a lower average, and they strike out a bit more often. Righties hit for a higher average and make a little more contact.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:10pm ET
- Where: Progressive Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 69°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain
News and Notes
Matt McLain out for the year
The Reds were hoping to get Matt McLain back after a short rehab stint over the weekend. That’s not happening. McLain re-aggravated his injury and will miss the rest of the season. We wrote more about it, with quotes from McLain, earlier today and you can check that out here if you’re looking for some more information.
Wild Card Standings
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs | Top 3 Make Playoffs|
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|