Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds – June 6, 2022
The Reds (18-35) are hoping to end a 3-game losing streak and resume their quest for respectability in the start of a 4-game series tonight with Arizona. The Diamondbacks (26-29) are surprisingly hanging on the edges of the Wild Cards chase. However, they come to Cincinnati on a 2-game losing streak, winning only 3 of their last 10 games. For what it’s worth, or not, the Diamondbacks play only marginally better than the Reds against teams with a .500 or better record (.333 vs. .290).
Reds rookie right-hander Hunter Greene is set to face veteran left-hander Madison Bumgarner of the Diamondbacks.
Hunter Greene’s account says he may be a generational talent given his around 100MPH fastball and range slider. Nonetheless, the 22-year-old phenom has struggled to shut down batters at times. The contact with his throws when made has often been very solid. He also walked a few too many batters. Hence the worrying WHIP, Slugging and OBP numbers for him in our charts.
However, the most important information in our charts is that Greene has essentially been a 2-pitch pitcher; and, that just doesn’t fly for a starter in MLB. The task before him is to refine and effectively use his change. He would also be well served to add a 2-seam fastball to his repertoire.
The good news is that Greene appears to be a very self-aware hard worker determined to succeed in fulfilling his potential. There’s been a lot of back-and-forth over whether Greene should have started the season at AAA to finish the job yet to come. The decision made, good or bad, is now in the rearview mirror. Our job is to step back and give the child a chance to show what they are made of.
Perhaps a little surprising is that the RH hitters really hurt Greene more than the LH hitters, especially with the long ball.
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Madison Bumgarner is the opposite of Hunter Greene’s career arc. He’s just off 40 career bWARs, with two seasons in the top 5 in Cy Young voting and two more seasons in the top 10 in CYA. He also won an NLCS and World Series MVP award.
After a few seasons where Bumgarner looked like he was on the verge of retirement, he has put together a very strong 2022 so far. is as a pitcher, He is not as fast as he once was; but then he was never a real power thrower. His K-rate is down significantly from his glory years with the Giants; but, he still strikes out 2 for each batter walked. Probably more importantly, his BB rate is in the same range as in his best years. He tries to contact and bring people out.
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Art Warren threw 21 pitches on Sunday. Jared Solomon threw 13. Warren is probably limited or unavailable today. Alexis Diaz topped 30 shots on Saturday. It can be doubtful.
Keep in mind that the Reds are in game 6 of a 16-game series between the holidays. Teams are still allowed to carry 14 pitchers; however, the minimum time for an optional pitcher to stay in the minors (unless replaced for injury) is now 15 days instead of 10 days. This could impact how the bullpen is used.
Sean Poppen and Kyle Nelson worked Sunday throwing 22 and 17 shots respectively. They seem to be the only players who can be limited today.
News and Notes
Mike Moustakis was put on the IL. TJ Friedl was recalled to fill the roster spot. Here’s our in-depth report on Redleg Nation.
Now some really exciting news! Jonathan India will begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday with AAA Louisville. Donovan Solano will also begin rehab tomorrow with Louisville.
By a C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic’s Tweeterthe Reds will hope India will be ready for the home series with the Brewers on June 17.
Thought of the day
On a glorious spring weekend in Cincinnati, the Reds combined reported Saturday and Sunday attendance at 492 seats sold short of 40,000. I wondered how many fannies that weren’t not in empty seats at GABP had taken up the implicit challenge (Phil) Castellini to find something better to do.
When and where
- Game time: 6:40 p.m. ET
- Where: Great American Ballpark
- Look: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Provide: 76°, scattered T-Storms, 50% rai chance