Greene (3-10) took the loss Monday as the Reds fell 7-4 to the Mets, coughing up six runs on seven hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. He struck out five. The rookie flamethrower has been finding the plate more often lately, but his command lags behind his control and he got taken deep by Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor -- the third time in his last four starts Greene has served up multiple homers. The 22-year-old hasn't walked more than two batters in any of his last seven outings, posting an impressive 42:9 K:BB through 35 innings over that stretch, but that comes with a 6.17 ERA and 1.8 HR/9.
Greene's past three starts have been terrible, and my confidence in him has worn thin. The fact I'm including him here should indicate how uninspiring this week's crop of sleeper pitchers is, but he's still capable of contributing 15-plus strikeouts in a two-start week.
Greene (3-9) took the look against the Cubs on Wednesday, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out five over four innings. Greene's moments of wildness cost him in the contest -- the first runner who scored against him got aboard on a hit-by-pitch, and both Cubs who crossed the plate in his fourth and final inning reached on a walk. There were also positive takeaways from the rookie's outing -- he racked up 13 swinging strikes among 80 pitches and averaged at least one strikeout per inning for the 11th time in his past 12 starts -- but those weren't enough to prevent him from taking his team-worst ninth loss. Greene has had his share of rookie bumps and bruises this season as evidenced by his won-loss record and 5.72 ERA, but there have also been encouraging signs such as his 11.3 K/9, which ranks fifth-best among qualified major-league starters.
Greene (3-8) allowed six earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three across five innings to take the loss Thursday against the Dodgers. Greene served up three long balls, which accounted for five of his earned runs. He also struggled to miss bats, inducing just eight swinging strikes across 98 total pitches. It's understandable that Greene struggled against one of the better lineups in the league, but he remains very inconsistent. Across his last six starts, he's allowed four or more earned runs four times but allowed only one run across 12 innings combined between the other two outings. Greene has a 5.66 ERA and 88:30 K:BB across 70 frames on the season.
Greene allowed four runs on four hits and two walks over five innings during Friday's loss to the Brewers. He struck out six and did not factor in the decision. All of the damage against Greene came via the long ball. Hunter Renfroe launched a three-run shot in the fourth inning, followed by Willy Adames' solo blast in the fifth. Greene had allowed just five runs and no homers over his previous three starts. The flamethrowing rookie now owns a 5.26 ERA with an 85:28 K:BB through 65 frames. Greene is expected to face the Dodgers at home next week.
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