When MLBbro Hunter Greene Gets A Squad To Back Him Up In Cincy, He’s Black Ace Bound

When MLBbro Hunter Greene Gets A Squad To Back Him Up In Cincy, He’s Black Ace Bound

Hunter Greene was all gas no breaks on the mound Saturday as he threw the second most pitches over 100 MPH in Major League history and tied a career-high in strikeouts in the Reds walk-off win over Tampa Bay.

 

 

Cincinnati Reds rookie phenom Hunter Greene brought the gas to his start Saturday as he threw 38 of his 114 pitches over 100 MPH which is good for the second most ever record in the Statcast era.  

He collected a career-high in swings and misses as he went six innings allowing just three hits, four walks and one earned run to go along with nine punch-outs which ties the most he had since May 15 when he sat down nine Pirates.

Out of those nine K’s six came on pitches that were over 100 MPH which are the most recorded in a single game in MLB history according to pitch-tracking data that has been around since 2008.

The second overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft has seen a lot in during his short tenure with on the Reds Major League roster from the light show he put in his hometown of Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium in his second career start to throwing a no-hitter and still taking the loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the same game he registered the first nine strikeout performance of his career.

Greene’s record now stands at 3-10 this season with a 5.07 ERA and 107 strikeouts, but those numbers are not how he is judging the success of his first season in the Majors, but rather the process of becoming an ace on a Cincinnati team that has been searching for one since the days of the “Big Red Machine.”

In 13 of his 17 starts this season Greene has collected at least six strikeouts and after Saturday he ranks fifth in the National League for total strikeouts.

 

 

Greene is living up to his hype as one of the most coveted prospects to arrive in the Majors in the last 10 years.  The 349 batters he faced before getting his 100th strikeout are the fourth lowest amount it has taken to reach that milestone in Reds history.

He was drafted as a two-way player, but after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2019 he became a full-time pitcher.  

Greene had a few great starts during the month of June but in the four previous before Saturday he struggled to the tune of a 9.45 ERA in 18.1 innings and only got to that six-strikeout total once over that span.

He is scheduled to start one more game before the All-Star Break which will be Friday night in St. Louis vs the Cardinals who he faced earlier this season.  That game he went only 3.1 innings allowing three earned runs and walking four hitters so this will be a great test of the growth he has gone through as the season’s first half comes to an end.

Reds rookie sensation Hunter Greene went 7 rain-shortened innings, allowed just one hit and posted 8 Ks as he blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-0 on Wednesday.

Top 5 Melanated Mound Marauders In MLB

Top 5 Melanated Mound Marauders In MLB

LOS ANGELES – Devin Williams, Hunter Greene, Josiah Gray, Marcus Stroman, and Triston McKenzie are the top MLBbro pitchers in the game. Some are established veterans, while others are young guns enduring the ups-and-downs of pro-development but still making a name for themselves. Out of those five, if they had to be ranked, who would currently end up on top?

No. 5: Marcus Stroman

Throughout his career, Stroman has been an exceptionally crafty pitcher. From the 2017 to the 2021 seasons, with him opting out in 2020, he has not had an ERA below 3.22 in three of those four seasons and was an All-Star and Gold Glove recipient during that span.

 


However, Stroman is not off to the hottest of starts, as he currently has a 4.71 ERA, with a 2-4 record, and has only gone past five innings twice this season.

He has been doing better recently, but at this point in time, there is reason to believe that these next four players have been and will be better than Stroman this season. 

No. 4: Josiah Gray

The man who was a centerpiece in one of the biggest trades last season, Gray has certainly made a name for himself throughout the Nationals’ clubhouse and fanbase. He has shown flashes of greatness, as he has given up three or less runs in four of his nine starts.

 

While Gray has a lot of potential, he has been inconsistent on which performance you will get out of him, which perfectly sums up his 4-4 record. In those four wins, he’s unhittable. In the four losses, he’s been subpar, which has earned him an overall ERA of 5.44. If Gray can have more of those dominant performances that he’s capable of having, then he can easily climb this list in the future. 

No. 3: Devin Williams

In 2020, Williams established himself as one of the best relievers in the game. In 22 games, he had a tremendous ERA of 0.33, only giving up one earned run throughout the season. So far, while not at the level of 2020, he still has a solid 3.50 ERA, with seven earned runs in 18 games.

If the Brewers were to make a playoff push, Williams will be a key piece in that bullpen, as he has shown throughout, if the team is in a jam, you can count on him to come to the rescue and get them out. The reason he is not higher than three is because these next two players are two aces for their respective teams.

No. 2: Hunter Greene

Don’t let that 2-6 record fool you, as Greene has instantly established himself as the best pitcher on the Reds, and one of the most exciting young pitchers in the game. In just his second career start against the Dodgers, Greene broke an MLB record by having the most balls thrown over 100 MPH with 39.

In his seventh start against the Pirates, he was able to go 7 ⅓ innings without giving up a hit.

 

 

Greene has all the attributes to be one of the best pitchers for years to come. The reason he is still at two and not one, is because of his ERA, as well as giving up lots of walks and the gopher ball has been a nemesis. He currently has a 5.89 ERA, and has given up four or more walks in four of his nine starts. If he can get both of those down, he will easily make the jump.

No. 1: Triston McKenzie

While Greene has had all the spotlight on himself, McKenzie has quietly established himself as the ace of the Guardians. He currently has the best ERA out of these five players at 2.70, In his seven starts, he has given up three runs or less in six of those appearances. In each start, he has been going deeper and deeper into games, as the last two starts he’s gone seven innings each, giving up a combined four runs through those games.

He has consistently shown that he can be counted on when he gets the rock, earning him the best pitcher so far on this list, and well as a top pitcher in all of the MLB.

Hunter Greene Follows Up No-Hit Outing With Strong Performance

Hunter Greene Follows Up No-Hit Outing With Strong Performance

Cincinnati Reds MLBbro, right-handed pitcher Hunter Greene, took the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday giving up one run on four hits in a 3-1 loss at Rogers Centre. The slider was his go-to pitch as he mowed down Blue Jay after Blue Jay en route to six K’s.

That slider took down Matt Chapman to get Greene out of a sixth-inning jam in a tie game. He left the mound and pounded his chest in celebration.

The last time Greene started a game, he pitched seven and 1/3 hitless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates followed by the bullpen completing the no-hitter, but in bizarre fashion they ended up losing the game 1-0.

Greene’s 118 pitches in that game were the most any pitcher has thrown this season. He was the first Reds rookie to take a no-hitter through seven innings since Travis Wood had a perfect game going into the ninth in 2010.

The Reds became the sixth team in MLB history to throw a no-hitter and lose.