With a split of the first two games of the series, the Reds (49-59) play a rubber match today against the Diamondbacks (53-56). After starting the season 0-11 on getaway days, the Reds have improved their record to 9-18 when sliding out of town.
All stats are 2015 actuals:
Over his last three starts, Anthony DeSclafani has thrown 20.0 innings to a 2.25 ERA and 3.60 FIP. In those starts, Disco is 2-0 and has yielded 5 walks and 17 hits to 17 strikeouts. Most impressive of the three was perhaps his last start, a 6.0 inning dismantling of the Cardinals in which he struck out nine and walked none while giving up just two runs.
Patrick Corbin made his first start of the 2015 season on July 4 after a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery. In that start, he was serviceable, lasting 5.0 innings while letting in two runs on eight hits and taking the win. In the five starts since, Corbin has had two decent starts, one above average, one gem, and a disaster. Luckily (or unluckily depending on your particular brand of superstition) for the Reds, the disaster start was Corbin’s last time out against the Nationals as he was pulled after just 1.1 innings and 54 pitches. The three runs he gave up wouldn’t normally be cause for concern, but the Diamondbacks are being cautious not to re-injury their ace’s arm.
Todd Frazier gets the day off to go looking for his wallet, last seen prior to the All-Star break:
Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets the start over Wellington Castillo in today’s finale:
REDS GONNA RED
Billy Hamilton's last 365 days: .216/.269/.269
Willy Taveras' 1 year w/ #Reds: .240/.275/.285
Corey Patterson's 1 yr w/Reds: .205/.238/.344
— Wick Terrell (@wickterrell) August 9, 2015
CUBS GONNA CUB?
Joe Maddon's words about Starlin Castro's benching seemed carefully crafted to send a message. http://t.co/GPtiY9LX4m
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 8, 2015
Joe Maddon has benched shortstop Starlin Castro for the third straight game. There was plenty speculation at the deadline that Castro may be dealt, but no deal was consummated and enigmatic shortstop is still in the Windy City. For the season, Castro is hitting .236/.271/.304 with a -1.3 WAR.
The simple fact that I can name at least eight, probably nine, Reds’ rookie pitchers who could be starting next year gives me hope in this organization. On the same coin, I couldn’t tell you a single, viable hitting prospect outside of Winker (and Y-Rod, maybe) who could make an impact in 2016. SOS TOS.