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Baseball Daily Dose

No Hits? No Problem! Pirates Beat Reds

by David Shovein
Updated On: May 16, 2022, 11:12 am ET

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On Sunday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates accomplished something that hadn’t been done in Major League Baseball in the last 14 years. For the first time since 2008, a big league team won a game without tallying a single hit. Zero. It’s just the sixth time that it has happened in Major League history.

Reds rookie right-hander Hunter Greene was electric. He fired 7 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball against the Pirates, with the two teams deadlocked in a 0-0 tie entering the eighth inning. There, he began to tire and issued a one-out walk to Rodolfo Castro. That was followed by another free pass to Michael Perez, prompting Reds skipper David Bell to remove him from the game. At that point, Greene had issued five walks on the afternoon – and those were the only five baserunners that the Pirates had. He had thrown a whopping 118 pitches though and to leave him in any longer would have been negligent. 

Art Warren came on and immediately issued a four-pitch walk to Ben Gamel to load the bases. Ke’Bryan Hayes followed by grounding into a fielder’s choice that allowed Castro to score with the game’s first run. Warren then retired Bryan Reynolds to end the inning.

After the Reds went down harmlessly in the top half of the ninth inning, the game was over. The Reds had combined to throw an eight-inning no-hitter, while also losing the game 1-0.

Elias Sports Bureau noted that the 7 1/3 innings that Greene threw on Sunday was the furthest that any Reds pitcher had gone in a game without allowing a hit before being pulled. Greene was effectively wild – throwing 69 of his 118 pitches for strikes in the game. He generated 15 swings and misses – 11 of those on his slider – while registering a CSW of 30 percent. Greene averaged 98.3 mph on his fastball in this one while touching as high as 100.8 mph.

Make no mistakes though, the reason that the Pirates were even in the game with the opportunity to squeak out a historic win with a run in the eighth inning was due to veteran southpaw Jose Quintana. The 33-year-old hurler fired seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out five. He has been terrific through seven starts on the season, registering a minuscule 2.19 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 30/14 K/BB ratio across 37 innings.

For the Reds, at least they’re finding new and exciting ways to lose ball games as they stumble to a league-worst 9-26 record through their first 35 games. They also own the worst run differential in all of baseball at -65. It’s going to be a long, long season in Cincinnati.

 

Starting Pitchers with an EDGE

Tarik Skubal - 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 11 K, W (3), 33% CSW, 21 swinging strikes

The 25-year-old southpaw delivered perhaps the finest start of his young career as the Tigers completed a sweep of the Orioles on Sunday afternoon. He matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts while issuing only two walks – both of which came in his final inning of work. Skubal generated a whopping 21 swinging strikes in the game – six each on his fastball and slider, five on his changeup, three on his sinker and one on his knuckle curve. He has been outstanding this season, registering a 2.50 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 45/8 K/BB ratio across 39 2/3 innings.

Nestor Cortes - 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K, W (2), 33% CSW, 13 swinging strikes

If there’s anyone out there who has still yet to put some respect on this man’s name, now would be the time to do so. Cortes delivered another absolute gem in Sunday’s victory over the White Sox, racking up seven strikeouts over eight innings of one-run baseball. The American League leader in ERA, he boasts a 1.35 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 49/11 K/BB ratio over 40 innings through his first seven starts.

Frankie Montas - 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 12 K, 34% CSW, 22 swinging strikes

Once again, a gem from Frankie Montas ends up in the loss column because the Athletics offense could do enough to support him. This time, he piled up 12 strikeouts over seven brilliant innings. The only blemish on his day was a two-run blast by Shohei Ohtani in the opening inning. Aside from that, he was nearly flawless. Now 2-4 on the season, Montas holds a 3.67 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 53/13 K/BB ratio over 50 innings.

 

Hitters with an EDGE

Shohei Ohtani - 1-for-3, HR (8), 2 RBI, BB

The two-way superstar didn’t waste any time in this one, making history in the first inning with his two-run blast off of Frankie Montas – the 100th home run of Ohtani’s big league career. That would wind up to be more than enough run support for the Angels in the victory. His bat has certainly perked up over the last two weeks and he’s now hitting .257/.318/.472 with eight homers, 26 RBI and five stolen bases (in eight attempts) on the season.

Julio Rodriguez - 4-for-4, HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB

The 21-year-old clobbered a 421-foot two-run blast off of Chasen Shreve in the seventh inning of this one to extend the Mariners lead to 8-5. It would turn out to be the difference in the ballgame. He also singled three times and drew a walk, reaching base safely in each of his five plate appearances. His bat has really started to pick up the pace after a brutally slow start and he’s now hitting .264/.328/.368 with two homers and 13 RBI to go along with his league-leading 10 stolen bases.

Adolis Garcia - 2-for-4, 2 HR (6), 5 RBI

Adolis Garcia helped to power the Rangers to a 7-1 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday, crushing a three-run shot off of Ryan Brasier in the sixth inning then tacking on a two-run shot in the eighth for good measure. Aside from the power though, it’s been a rough go for Garcia at the dish to start the season, slashing just .205/.261/.418 with six long balls and 23 RBI.

 

EDGE Priority Pickup

Andres Gimenez, 2B/SS, Cleveland Guardians – Available in 46% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.

Every week, people continue to want to write off what Gimenez has done so far this season, and each and every week he continues to prove them wrong. The 23-year-old has been extremely impressive so far, slashing a robust .326/.344/.562 with four homers, 20 RBI and two stolen bases. It’s not the best schedule for this week, as the Guardians only play five games, but Gimenez should be rostered in way more than 46% of Yahoo leagues at this stage.

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Closing Time

Scott Barlow vs. Rockies - 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (4th save)

It has been spaced out, and the save chances have been few and far between, but it certainly looks as though Barlow is the sole closer for the Royals. He has now recorded each of their last four save chances in regulation and he boasts a tremendous 1.15 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over 15 2/3 innings on the season.

Emilio Pagan vs. Guardians - 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K (5th save)

The veteran right-hander has now converted three of the Twins last four save chances and is starting to look like the go-to guy in the ninth inning – with Jhoan Duran preferred to work in more of a high-leverage or multi-inning role. As long as Pagan can keep throwing strikes, he’ll have mixed league fantasy value for as long as he holds the lion’s share of the closer’s gig.

David Bednar vs. Reds - 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (7th save)

Don’t look now, but David Bednar now has seven saves on the season – including five since May 4. It’s looking more and more like he has broken away from Chris Stratton and the committee that was employed here, and has claimed the ninth inning gig for himself. He has certainly earned it with a ridiculous 1.00 ERA, 0.61 WHIP and 25/3 K/BB ratio across 18 innings.

Diego Castillo vs. Mets - 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K (2nd save)

Castillo became the third different Mariners reliever to log a save this week – joining Drew Steckenrider and Paul Sewald. It didn’t appear as though Castillo was the preferred option here either, as he was only called upon after Steckenrider had allowed two runs and created a massive jam. Castillo took over with two men in scoring position and one out in the ninth with the M’s clinging to a one-run lead. He struck out Starling Marte on three pitches and then after walking Francisco Lindor intentionally to load the bases, Castillo struck out Pete Alonso swinging to end it. Not bad for a guy with an 8.74 ERA and 2.21 WHIP on the season.

 

Monday’s Matchup of the Day

Luis Severino (NYY) vs. Kyle Bradish (BAL)

For me, the most intriguing pitching matchup on Monday’s slate is the battle between Kyle Bradish and Luis Severino at Camden Yards.

Bradish, 25, is coming off of an absolute gem his last time out – piling up 11 strikeouts over seven innings of two-run baseball in a victory over the Cardinals. He posted an elite 41 percent CSW in that one and drew the attention of many fantasy managers.

Meanwhile, Severino hasn’t secured a victory since April 26 – conveniently against these same Orioles. He holds a 4.08 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 31/9 K/BB ratio across 28 2/3 innings through his first six starts of the season.

American League Quick Hits: The Rays placed Manuel Margot back on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. … The Tigers placed Michael Pineda on the 15-day IL with a broken right middle finger. … Michael Wacha (intercostal) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday. … Alex Verdugo (foot) returned to the Red Sox lineup on Sunday. … George Springer (ankle) returned to the Blue Jays lineup. … Jeremy Pena missed his third straight game due to right knee discomfort. There’s still hope he’ll be ready to return early in the week. … Victor Reyes – who was activated from the injured list on Sunday – will be heading back there on Monday after suffering a right quad strain during the Tigers victory over the Orioles. … Jorge Mateo was diagnosed with left shoulder and chest contusions after colliding with Spencer Torkelson during Sunday’s loss. He’s considered day-to-day. … Austin Meadows left Sunday’s game with vertigo-like symptoms and will be heading to the injured list on Monday.

Trey Mancini slugged a solo homer in a loss to the Tigers. … Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI, leading the Tigers to a sweep over the Orioles. … Joey Gallo clubbed his fifth homer as the Yankees topped the White Sox. … Justin Verlander fired five shutout innings in a victory over the Nationals. … Jose Altuve smacked his seventh round-tripper in that one. … Joe Ryan fired six innings of one-run ball in a victory over the Guardians. … Byron Buxton crushed his 11th homer to support him in that victory. … Martin Perez recorded a season-high seven strikeouts over six innings of one-run ball in a victory over the Red Sox. … Kole Calhoun homered twice as the Rangers emerged victorious there. … Emmanuel Rivera blasted his first home run in a win over the Rockies… Patrick Sandoval hurled 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball to beat the Athletics.

National League Quick Hits: Mets right-hander Tylor Megill was placed on the 15-day IL with right biceps inflammation. He’ll undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. … Marlins left-hander Jesus Luzardo landed on the 15-day IL with a left forearm strain. … Ronald Acuña Jr. (groin) missed his fourth consecutive game, though he underwent an MRI exam on Saturday that didn’t reveal anything serious. … Nick Senzel (COVID-19) could start playing in minor league rehab games on Wednesday. … Kris Bryant (back) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque this week. … Tyler Stephenson (head) was held out of the Reds lineup on Sunday, he’s still considered day-to-day. … The Cubs placed Nico Hoerner on the 10-day IL with a right ankle sprain and activated Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) from the IL… Willy Adames left Sunday’s game after suffering a right ankle sprain. X-rays came back negative and he’s considered day-to-day for the time being. … Alex Reyes (shoulder) was shut down from throwing after experiencing renewed soreness in his shoulder. The Cardinals are waiting on a second opinion on his most recent MRI exam which sounds ominous. … Blake Snell will make his season debut on Wednesday against the Phillies.

Kyle Wright racked up nine strikeouts while allowing just one earned run over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Padres. … Wil Myers went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs as the Padres topped the Braves. … Rowdy Tellez smacked his eighth homer in a victory over the Marlins. … Aaron Ashby struck out eight over four shutout innings of relief to earn his first save. … Kolten Wong homered, walked three times and swiped two bases as the Brewers topped the Marlins. … Rafael Ortega belted his first homer of the season as the Cubs bested the Diamondbacks. … Carlos Rodon was obliterated for eight runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Cardinals. … Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and Yadier Molina each left the yard for the Cardinals in that lopsided victory. … Albert Pujols pitched the ninth inning against the Giants and served up a pair of home runs. … Mookie Betts homered for the second straight game as the Dodgers triumphed over the Phillies. … Gavin Lux smacked a game-winning two-run double off of Corey Knebel to put that one in the win column for the Dodgers. … Aaron Nola fanned eight over seven innings of two-run ball in a tough-luck no-decision there.