The Cincinnati Reds (27-43) stay in Texas for a couple more days to face the American League leading Texas Rangers (46-25). The Rangers are in the midst of a seven game winning streak where they’ve outscored their opponents 36-22.
Anthony DeSclafani is making his 3rd start of the season. He’s allowed one earned run in each of his first two very different starts. His 1st start off the DL back on June 10th versus Oakland, he allowed just one run over six innings en route to a 2-1 Cincinnati victory. However, last week against Atlanta, it was four runs (only 1 earned) in 2.2 innings in what was eventually a 9-8 Reds loss.
In his last two starts, Colby Lewis has gone 17 innings and allowed just two runs, five hits and one walk. He had a no hitter going through eight innings against Oakland last week. His low ERA so far this season is largely thanks to a very low .234 BABIP. His 4.20 FIP is more representative of his usual ERA: 4.66 in 2015 and 4.65 for his career.
BACK FROM THE DL
Reds right-hander Raisel Iglesias was activated from the 15-day DL today and will work from the bullpen. He is replacing reliever Blake Wood, who was added to the paternity list.
The Reds have a tough couple of games this week against the best the American League has to offer. However, an outing from DeSclafani like he had in his first start of 2016 will keep it close.