After a 10-game home stand to kick off the unofficial second half of the season where the Cincinnati Reds went 6-4, the team hits the road for a nine-game trip, starting tonight in Miami.
The Reds (40-61) and Marlins (47-55) have the privilege of seeing each other twice in a week, as the Marlins were just at Great American Ball Park last Monday through Thursday. The Reds ended up splitting the series, which ended with a bad taste in the Reds’ mouth, as the bullpen blew the save in the ninth inning on Thursday, all but sealing a 7-6 loss.
- Time: 6:40 pm ET
- Place: loanDepot Park, Miami, FL
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio
- Radio: 700 WLW
- Weather: 88 degrees with high humidity–this is why the Marlins have a roof.
|2B Jonathan India||2B Joey Wendle|
|3B Brandon Drury||SS Miguel Rojas|
|LF Tommy Pham||1B Lewin Diaz|
|1B Joey Votto||DH Avisail Garcia|
|SS Kyle Farmer||CF JJ Bleday|
|DH Donovan Solano||RF Bryan De La Cruz|
|CF Nick Senzel||LF Jesus Sanchez|
|RF Albert Almora Jr.||3B Charles Leblanc|
|C Michael Papierski||C Jacob Stallings|
Hunter Greene faced the Marlins last Tuesday, giving up two runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out six and walked only one. It was one of his better performances this season, but still took the loss due to the Reds offense scoring only one run.
Greene’s always pitched better in his starts when he doesn’t walk batters. When he’s locating his fastball and his slider, he’s really good. And while he does have a 9.8% walk rate, Greene also has a 28.3% strikeout rate this season. He’s striking out batters almost 30 percent of the time.
Jesús Luzardo, once regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects, had an incredible 2020 season. But he dealt with poor performances in 2021 that led to being demoted to the minors and ultimately the Athletics trading him to the Marlins. In 2022, he’s had to deal with a forearm injury. The left-hander returns from the 60-day injured list tonight to face the Reds.
On July 28th, he made a rehab start for Triple-A Jacksonville, where he struck out six, while allowing two runs on three hits and four walks. Before he got injured, he had pitched 29.0 innings this season to a 4.03 ERA/3.74 FIP with 16 walks and 41 strikeouts in six starts.
Luzardo has three pitches: fastball, slider, and change-up. His fastball velocity averages in the upper 90s, and his slider has been regarded as one of the best in the minor leagues. His slider and change-up velocity both average in the mid-80s. His slider can be deceptive at times, almost looking like a curve ball instead of a slider.
News and Notes
The trade deadline is tomorrow at 6 pm, so we’re in full-on hug watch mode tonight. Who will be the next player traded from the Reds? And will we see those mid-game dugout hugs? Tune in to find out….