The Cincinnati Reds (64-90) will go for a series with this afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers (70-85) today at 2:10. The Reds are coming off a nice 6-1 win last night. There is no TV in Cincinnati for this game today (I’d assume that has something to do with going up against that football sport).
This will be Brandon Finnegan‘s last start of 2016. Overall, I’d say it was a pretty solid first year in the Reds rotation for the 23 year old. Sure, the 5.28 FIP is very scary, but he really finished the year strong. Finnegan has a 2.23 ERA/3.16 FIP with 11.97 K/9 over his last six starts. It looks like the strikeouts are finally back for Finnegan, something that was expected of him coming into the year, but he struggled with early in the season. It would be great to see Finnegan finish 2016 with a really great start and get his ERA under 4 (5.0 shutout innings or 7.0 IP with 1 ER would get him to 3.98).
Coming into 2015, the Brewers thought that Wily Peralta would be a top of the rotation starter. Well, the last two years haven’t been so kind to him. His strikeouts have been down, and his walks and home runs are up. Peralta does however have good career numbers against the Reds. He has a 3.12 career ERA in 13 starts against the Reds (3.00 ERA with 10 K and 2 BB in starts this season).
You can find the lineups here.
All games around the MLB today will be played with a very heavy heart. One of the games elite players, Jose Fernandez has died. He was only 24 years old. Here is the story from USA Today:
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning in Florida, the Marlins confirmed.
The Marlins’ game against the Atlanta Braves scheduled for Sunday afternoon has been canceled.
A Coast Guard crew left the Miami station for a law enforcement patrol when it found the 33-foot boat overturned on a jetty around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, said Chief Nyxolyno Cangemi.
Cangemi confirmed that Fernandez was among three deceased. He did not have details on the other boaters killed in the accident.
Jose Fernandez was well on his way to Cooperstown. Here is what I wrote about Fernandez in the Game Thread here on August 18th:
Jose Fernandez is one of the best pitchers in baseball. He was the 14th overall pick in 2011, and quickly made it to the majors. He won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2013, after posting a 2.19 ERA/2.73 FIP. However, his career was derailed in 2014 as he made just 8 starts in 2014, and eventually had to have Tommy John Surgery. He made his return in July of 2015, and picked up right where he left off, posting a 2.92 ERA/2.24 FIP.
This season, Fernandez ranks 3rd in the MLB in fWAR, 12th in ERA, 2nd in FIP, and 1st in K/9. Fernandez career 11.26 K/9 is tied with Yu Darvish for the best in MLB history of any qualifying MLB starter. Fernandez career 2.42 FIP is the best of any qualifying SP since 1950, and his career 2.53 ERA is only higher than Clayton Kershaw (2.39) and Jacob DeGrom (2.52).
Our thoughts and prayers certainly go out to the Marlins and Jose Fernandez family. By all accounts (and by just seeing him on TV), he seemed like a really wonderful guys who was so full of life. Just heartbreaking.
Well, this is my final game preview of 2016. That is kind of sad. It has been a pleasure doing these this year. Thanks to Greg, Wesley, and Mary Beth for sharing these duties with me. Special thanks to Greg for coordinating the game previews all year. I hope you guys have enjoyed them. Go Reds!
All photos are used courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and are used by permission.