After no-hit fiasco, Reds face Guardians next
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Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Guardians
- Cleveland is 26-10 (.722) against Cincinnati since 2015. Only one team has more wins against an interleague opponent in that span (Cardinals have won 27 against the Royals).
- The Reds have nine wins and have outscored their opponents by at least three runs in each one. They are the 17th team in MLB history to have their first nine or more wins of a season to be by three runs or greater and the first team to do since the 2018 Cubs.
- Connor Overton earned his first career win in his most recent start, May 12 against the Pirates, where he pitched 6.1 innings and allowed zero runs. He is the second NL rookie this season to pitch at least 6.0 shutout innings (Joan Adon for the Nationals).
- The Guardians have hit six home runs at Progressive Field this season, which accounts for 10 of their 54 runs scored at home (18.5 percent). This is the lowest percent of team runs scored from the home run ball in home games among any team this season.
- Josh Naylor has five home runs and 22 RBI in 20 games this season. His single season career highs are eight home runs and 32 RBI which he recorded in 94 games in 2019.
- Guardians' teammates Josh Naylor (1.118), Andres Gimenez (1.071), and Jose Ramirez (.931) are ranked first, second, and fourth, respectively, among AL players in slugging percentage with runners in scoring position (minimum 20 plate appearances).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/17/2022 thru 5/18/2022
The Cincinnati Reds had Monday off, getting a time for retrospection after finding a way Sunday to lose a game when their pitchers no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After they had won six of nine game and seemed to be recovering from their 3-22 start, the Reds received a masterful performance from hard-throwing rookie pitcher Hunter Greene on Sunday, but still lost 1-0 when the Pirates cobbled together a late run and Cincinnati managed just four hits of its own.
It was the sixth time in major league history a team did not give up a hit and lost the game anwyay.
"The mental part, (of) dealing with a game like this, is kind of hard," Greene said after manager David Bell let him pitch into the eighth inning.
After Greene issued two one-out walks in the eighth, Bell brought in Art Warren, who promptly walked Ben Gamel to load the bases and the Pirates scored on a groundout.
The Cleveland Guardians also got Monday off ahead of their two-game Ohio Cup series in Cleveland that starts Tuesday night. The Guardians return home after losing two of three in Minnesota over the weekend.
Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac (1-3, 4.68) will face Reds right-hander Connor Overton (1-0, 1.59), who is making the seventh start of his major-league career and first appearance against the Guardians.
Overton earned his first major-league victory Thursday with 6 1/3 shut out innings in a 6-0 win over the Pirates.
Plesac is 0-2 with a 3.10 ERA in three starts against the Reds in his career.
The Guardians hope to get manager Terry Francona and many of his assistant coaches back for the Cincinnati series. The group has spent the past week on COVID-19 list, as was as DH/first baseman Josh Naylor, who was riding a torrid hitting streak when sidelined.
Naylor was batting a team-high .347 with five homers and 22 RBIs when he had to take a step away from the lineup.
The Reds have also been affected by the virus, as first baseman Joey Votto was placed on the COVID-19 injured list nearly two weeks ago. He now is on a rehab assignment at Class AAA Louisville.
"He's handling it as well as possible," Cincinnati manager David Bell said. "(That's) no surprise there. We're just hoping -- not only for his health, but from a baseball standpoint -- he can get back here as quick as he can because we've felt really good about where he was."
COVID-19 testing is performed every other day in most situations.
"I don't know that we're totally out of the woods, but I do trust that we're in as good of shape as possible," Bell said. "Right now, my thoughts are just with Joey and getting him back here as quick as we can."
Votto hasn't played since May 1, but the Red have played better lately, even with Sunday's awkward stumble. They still have won six of 10 games since their horrendous start.
Cincinnati catcher Tyler Stephenson missed Sunday's game after he took a foul tip to the mask in the third inning Saturday at Pittsburgh and left the game for concussion protocols. Bell said the tests showed no concussion but did not write Stephenson into Sunday's lineup.
The Reds signed former Guardians catcher Sandy Leon as insurance.
Cleveland already has retained the Ohio Cup this season. The Guardians won both games at Cincinnati in April, and the Ohio Cup does not change hands in the event of a tie in the season series. Cincinnati has not won the Ohio Cup since 2014.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 16, 2022