Cincinnati Reds probable pitchers & starting lineup vs. Chicago White Sox, May 5
Probable starting pitchers
The Cincinnati Reds return home after a .500 road trip and the team's Opening Day starter on the bump for the first of three games against the Chicago White Sox.
Ladies and gentlemen, Hunter Greene will get the ball for tonight's game after putting up quite the performance last week in Oakland. Greene's ERA now stands at a spectacular 2.89 and the flamethrower has 40 punch outs in 28 innings of work.
Opposing Greene will be veteran right-hander Lance Lynn. While his overall record (0-4) and ERA (7.16) don't look all that impressive, Lynn struck out 10 and allowed just four runs on three hits during his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Cincinnati Reds starting lineup
No surprise here as Jonathan India will lead things off against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. He'll be followed by TJ Friedl, Spencer Steer, and Tyler Stephenson. Jake Fraley will be batting fifth and Henry Ramos will be in the No. 6 spot tonight.
Nick Senzel is back at the hot corner this evening and Kevin Newman gets the start over Jose Barrero at shortstop. Luke Maile will hang the signs for Hunter Greene upon the team's return to Great American Ball Park.
Which Cincinnati Reds player needs to bounce back in tonight's game?
If you're looking for a bounce-back performance this evening, look no further than left-handed reliever Alex Young. One could make the argument that Young has been a bit overused lately, and that may have contributed to his latest subpar outing.
Young has logged 1.2 innings during his last two times out of the Cincinnati Reds bullpen and has allowed three runs on five hits with just one strikeout. Young, along with the entire Reds releif corps, should be well rested after a day off on Thursday.
Which Cincinnati Reds player will be the X-factor in tonight's game?
You can't stop Nick Senzel, you can only hope to contain him. The former first-round pick lifted this team to a walk-off victory during the Reds last home stand and has played very well over the last week-plus.
Senzel is 11-for-26 in his last seven games and has a slugging percentage of .808 during that span. Senzel has shown a great eye at the dish and finally starting to show the promise that saw him drafted at No. 2 overall in 2016.