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.
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.
“I am going to approach this season as a revenge tour. I’m playing to get my numbers, man. I’m being dead honest with you. There is nothing selfish about it. In the past I put up some really good seasons,” Pham said.
“I’m playing to get some numbers. I don’t care about anything else. I’m looking out for me. At the end of the day, baseball is going to move on without me. I have to get mine right now,”
“I’m going to get the opportunity to play. I’m going to try to get mine,” he said.
After a slow start at the plate, Pham has emerged as Cincinnati’s most consistent offensive weapon as of late. Overcoming an 0-23 start was key. Pham has recovered to raise his batting average to .211 with three homers and 15 RBI. He had a 10-day stretch with slashes of .303 / .378 / .636.
However, Pham’s efforts may get lost in the overall team’s 3-19 start which is historically one of the worst in MLB history. Cincinnati’s 3-18 April has them connected with the 1988 Baltimore Orioles who started their season with a 21-game losing streak, and a list of baseball teams that existed in the 1800s.
That list includes the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, a team that many believe is the worst professional baseball team in history at 20-134. The overall team struggles also remind many baseball purists of the 1962 New York Mets team that lost 120 games, which is the modern-day record for futility.
When the Reds signed Pham to a one-year, $7.5 million deal, they were counting on finding one of the game’s diamonds in the rough when he posted a .284 /.381 /.475 slash line with averages of 22 homers and stolen bases in the 2017-19 seasons.
With a good eye at the plate to draw walks, he was a productive offensive player with St. Louis, Tampa Bay and San Diego.
In the outfield, the Reds need our MLBbro to fill in the gaps left with the departures of right fielder, Nick Castellanos and left fielder, Jesse Winker.
Tommy Pham came into this season a career .265 hitter with 97 homers and 300 RBI. Pham is definitely looking for a season like he had in 2017, when he deposited 23 balls into the seats with 73 RBI with some fine glove work in the field.
Pham A Solid Piece For Winning Team
If the Reds continue to slide, don’t worry too much about this MLBbro because if Pham continues to perform well at the plate, he will be a viable trade candidate for a playoff contender.