The Cincinnati Reds (26-39) will look to continue their red hot play of late, as they’ll play game three of four against the Atlanta Braves (18-46) tonight at 7:10. The Reds have taken the first two games of this four game series, and have now won 9 of their last 13 games.
Anthony DeSclafani will be making his second start of 2016. He had a successful first start against the A’s on Friday. DeSclafani allowed just 1 run over 6.0 innings. He did allow a lot of baserunners (8 hits, 3 walks), and only struck out 2 batters. The encouraging thing was that his fastball velocity was there. His average fastball was 92.8 MPH, which is actually a little up from last season (92.5).
DeSclafani has only made two career starts against the Braves, and they both came last season with the Reds. It didn’t go so well: 11.0 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 10 K, 5.73 ERA.
Bud Norris likely wouldn’t have a spot in a starting rotation outside of Atlanta (well, maybe Cincinnati). He has a 4.75 ERA/4.60 FIP. It’s not like he is coming off a good 2015 either. Norris had a 6.72 ERA/5.04 FIP in 38 appearances last season with the Padres and Orioles. The only thing that Norris has done above average in 2016 is limit home runs.
Norris has bounced around this season from the rotation to the bullpen. He has made 12 appearances out of the pen. He was just put back in the rotation on June 4th, and his last two starts have actually been pretty good: 12.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 0 HR.
Norris has a 4.30 career ERA in 9 appearances (8 starts) against the Reds. The majority of those starts came when Norris was with the Astros between 2010-2012. Votto, Bruce, Phillips, and Cozart are the only current Reds who have ever faced Norris. Votto, Bruce, and Phillips have each hit 1 HR against him. Votto has had the most success (1.114 OPS in 15 PA). Cozart is 0 for 5.
Reds lineup: Peraza 6, Votto 3, Phillips 4, Bruce 9, Duvall 7, De Jesus Jr. 5, Holt 8, Cabrera 2, DeSclafani RHP
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) June 15, 2016
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 14, 2016
Jose Peraza is in the lineup tonight, and will bat leadoff. Joey Votto has reached base in 15 consecutive games. He is hitting .327/.470/.673 during the streak. Adam Duvall is also back in the lineup after starting the day off yesterday.
The Reds just keep on rolling. The Reds 9-4 record in June is tied with the Cubs for the best in the NL! Let’s keep it going guys! Go Reds!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.