The Cincinnati Reds are coming off of their first series sweep of the year. Even though it was just a two game sweep the Reds played complete team baseball for 19 total innings, that’s a major step in the right direction.
Reds Record 11-26
Blue Jays Record 20-18
Luis Castillo 5.59 ERA vs Hyun Jin Ryu 9.00 ERA
Hunter Greene 6.21 ERA vs Alek Manoah 1.71 ERA
Connor Overton 1.82 ERA vs Yusei Kikuchi 3.38 ERA
Let's play some baseball, eh?
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 20, 2022
What to watch for:
Will the Red’s pitchers stay hot against one of the best hitting teams in baseball?
The Red’s pitchers are all coming off of hot starts and it is crucial that the momentum continues against the Blue Jays. Luis Castillo is coming out for only his third start of the year and is only getting stronger, Hunter Greene is coming out for his first start after throwing a no hitter through eight, and Connor Overton has been the most consistent Reds pitcher this year.
Return of first baseman Joey Votto, will he show out in his home country?
The Red’s activated first baseman, Joey Votto, from the IL after being out for a lengthy period of time with an illness. The fear of Votto missing this series in Toronto was growing but he quickly went through rehab assignments to be ready in time for travel. This series could be exactly what he needs to finally get the hot bat he has been looking for, and what a better time to do it than in his Canadian home.
As for other hot bats, the Reds will be missing key players Brandon Drury and Albert Almora due to their placement on the restricted list. Drury’s ability to get on base will be a big loss this series but hopefully Joey Votto’s return makes up for that percentage.
The outcome of this series will rely heavily on the performance of the Reds pitching. With the matchup of the first game, I believe the Cincinnati Reds will come out with a win if they also show up with the same offense we saw against the Guardians. The next two games will be tough matchups for the Reds, which is why I think they will likely come out 1-2 in Toronto. If they play their cards right in game three, those numbers could definitely be switched in their favor.