He’s the “next big thing” with a 100-mph fastball, but he hasn’t won a game yet. 메이저놀이터
Cincinnati fireballer Hunter Green, 23, has been pitching a full season as a starter this year, but the result is a 4-0 record with a 4.68 ERA.
Green took the mound against the New York Yankees in the 2023 Major League Baseball World Series at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 22.
Green went seven innings and struck out 10, but gave up four runs on four hits and three walks, taking the loss as Cincinnati fell to 1-4.
Green’s fastball was the highlight of the game. His final pitch in the seventh inning touched 100.3 mph (161 km/h). It was Green’s highest velocity of the night. With 106 pitches remaining, Greene had a few 100+ mph pitches, mostly in the low 90s.
But once again, he couldn’t escape the loss. After a scoreless fourth inning, he gave up a leadoff single to Willie Calhoun in the top of the fifth. Facing Harrison Bader, Green then worked the count to 1B 2S, but a four-pitch 92.5 mph (149 km/h) changeup to center field resulted in a two-run homer to left.
Green’s woes continued in the sixth inning. His first pitch, a 97 mph (156 km/h) four-seam fastball to Glavier Torres, was driven up the middle for a solo home run to right. In the top of the seventh, he worked around a two-out walk to Jake Bauers before giving up a double to Anthony Wolfe to cut the lead to 4-1. This time it was a 90 mph (145 km/h) slider to center.
Still, it wasn’t a bad outing overall, as Green told MLB.com and other local media after the game, “I was happy with all my pitches. I pitched a lot more consistently than I’ve pitched in the past,” Green said after the game. Cincinnati manager David Bell also encouraged Green, saying, “It was a step in the right direction, and he did his part.”
Green finished April with a 1-0 record and a 2.19 ERA, but has struggled in May with a 3-0 record and a 6.95 ERA. However, he has the potential to be one of the best hard-throwing starters in the majors in the near future, so this experience will be a great asset to him.