Cincinnati Reds probable pitchers & starting lineup vs. New York Mets, May 10

Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson (37) hits a single
Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson (37) hits a single / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

Probable starting pitchers

The bullpen gave Reds Country a bit of a scare, but Alexis Diaz was able to lockdown a four-out save on Tuesday night. Cincinnati survived and has a chance to take the series from the New York Mets on Wednesday. Unfortunately, they've got a tough task ahead of them.

Hunter Greene will get the ball for the Redlegs as Cincinnati looks to keep their winning ways going. Greene was not as sharp his last time out. The right-hander gave up two runs to the Chicago White Sox and five runs all together. Greene, however, did strikeout seven batters and walked just one.

While a late-scratch kept Max Scherzer off the mound on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds are unlikely to have the same thing occur tonight with Justin Verlander on the bump for the Mets. This will be the 40-year-old's second start of the season after beginning the year on the IL.

Cincinnati Reds starting lineup

Jonathan India, who's riding a hot-streak, leads things off for Game 2 of this series against the New York Mets. TJ Friedl will follow with Spencer Steer batting third and Jake Fraley batting cleanup.

Tyler Stephenson will be hanging the signs for Hunter Greene this evening and batting fifth. Nick Senzel is back at the hot corner and will be followed by Wil Myers, Henry Ramos, and Jose Barrero.

Which Cincinnati Reds player needs to bounce back in tonight's game?

Every Reds player reached base on Tuesday night, so there's not much to complain about. However, Jose Barrero is back in the lineup tonight, and if he hopes to remain there, he's going to need a solid performance.

David Bell has shown some favoritism toward Kevin Newman of late, so a couple base knocks my ingratiate the Reds shortstop with his skipper. Barrero's batting average and on-base percentage have lagged behind this season and the clock is ticking. Sooner or later, Matt McLain and Elly De La Cruz are coming to the big leagues.

Which Cincinnati Reds player will be the X-factor in tonight's game?

Jonathan India and TJ Friedl have certainly done their part when it comes to igniting the hitting this season. But where is Tyler Stephenson? The Cincinnati Reds has been struggling early on this season and the team really needs him to start hitting.

Stephenson has hits in back-to-back games, which is a start. One of those hits cleared the fences and gave Stephenson his first round tripper of the year. The Reds really needs Stephenson to be that doubles-machine they know he can be. Maybe it starts tonight. The hits will not come easy off Justin Verlander.

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