Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – April 16, 2022

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Since sharing a four-game series with the Braves to start the season, the Cincinnati Reds (2-6) have had a terrible week. They’ll look to finish on a high when they face the Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2) in Game 3 of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium and look to snap that four-game losing streak.

Details:

  • Weather: 10:10 p.m. ET
  • Place: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
  • Weather: 62°; Partly cloudy
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio; MLB Network (out of market)
  • Radio: 700 WLW

Starting lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Los Angeles Dodgers

SS Kyle Farmer SS Trea Turner
DH Tyler Naquin 1B Freddie Freeman
LF Tommy Pham 3B Justin Turner
1B Joey Votto 2B Max Muncy
C Tyler Stephenson DH Edwin Rios
RF Aristide Aquino RF Chris Taylor
3B Mike Moustakas CF Cody Bellinger
2B Brandon Drury LF Gavin Lux
CF Jake Fraley C Austin Barnes

Kyle Farmer, first batter.

Starting pitchers

IPs TIME xERA FIP xFIP WHISK K% BB%
Hunter Greene 65.1 4.13 4.46 4.04 1.29 28.6% 9.1%
Julio Urias 185.2 2.96 3.08 3.13 3.73 1.02 26.2% 5.1%

*Stats are as of 2021. Greene’s stats for 2021 are from Triple-A Louisville.

RED

Rookie Hunter Greene begins his second career tonight in his hometown of Los Angeles. After having success against a tough Braves roster in his MLB debut, he faces another tough roster at the Dodgers.

The key for Greene will be getting his locations right, especially his cursor. The success of his slider and change will make his fastball all the more effective. He must also ensure that he locates his fastball correctly. The problem Greene will run into, and has done against the Braves a few times before, is that major league hitters can catch up to 100 mph fastballs once they get used to it. The Braves didn’t hit anything against Greene and hit five times the first time in the lineup. The second time in the lineup, the Braves had three hits, including a home run. It will be interesting to see how the Dodgers hitters adapt after a stint in the batting order

DODGERS

Urías didn’t start the 2022 season well last Sunday, allowing six runs on six hits and two walks in just two innings against the Rockies. However, one bright spot for Urías was that only three of those points were earned. He may have started the 2022 season poorly, but the 25-year-old southpaw had one of his best seasons in 2021, with an ERA below 3.00 and a FIP of 3.13. In 185.2 innings, he nearly hit the 200 strikeout mark, dropping just five.

Throughout his career, left-handed hitters obviously haven’t been great against Urías, but right-handed hitters haven’t really fared any better. In 312.2 innings, right-handed batters hit just .235/.295/.335, compared to .214/.291/.390 for left-handers. Urías throws a fastball, a curveball and changes. In 2021, it relied entirely on those three slots, but in 2020 it launched a slider for around 5.5% of its slots.

News and Notes

If you’re wondering why Nick Senzel isn’t in the lineup, well, he’s sick. It has been placed on the Covid list, but at the moment it is not Covid. Daniel Duarte has been recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds have also added another player to the taxi squad.

And ICYMI, here’s a Friday game recap from the Reds’ minor league affiliates for pre-game reading.

Cincinnati Reds Minor League Game Review: April 15, 2022

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