The Cincinnati Reds (40-56) will try again to find some kind of offense needed to win a game in the second game of this weekend series against the Miami Marlins (43-51) at 7:10 EDT at Great American Ball Park.
Last night, Homer Bailey pitched well to keep the Reds in the game, but the team could only muster one run, despite multiple opportunities. Tonight, a familiar face returns to the rotation in Robert Stephenson.
Also tonight, the Reds will give away these batting practice pullover shirts to the first 20,000 fans in attendance.
The numbers above reflect Stephenson’s time at the major league level earlier this season. Since he was sent down at the end of May, Stephenson has slowly improved. He still has been giving up hits–in his last appearance for Louisville, he gave up five runs on eight hits with two home runs, but walked just one and struck out eight.
If you remember, struggling to throw strikes and finding his command has been Stephenson’s issue. He seems to have gotten better in that aspect. In his last 21.2 innings at Louisville, he has walked just one. He’s pitched 40.1 innings total at AAA and has a 3.79 ERA in eight games, with 45 strikeouts, 13 walks and a 0.99 WHIP. He has given up eight home runs, but the command has been much better.
The Marlins are also going with a rookie pitcher, who is making just his third major league start. If you’ve never heard of Chris O’Grady, just think of a left-handed Bronson Arroyo, except O’Grady is a 27-year-old rookie who was cut from a Double-A roster on Opening Day. His fastball tops out at 90 mph, and he has a cutter, curve, and change-up also in his pitch arsenal.
The Marlins called up O’Grady to start the Saturday before the All-Star game after Edinson Volquez went on the DL with a knee injury. He pitched 5.1 innings of five hit, three run baseball, while striking out four and walking two to earn his first MLB win.
You can find the lineups here.
No batter on either team has faced either opposing pitcher. Today’s game could either be a pitching duel or a slug fest.
News and Notes
Not much to say, other than it’s been a dreadful week for the Redlegs. The starting pitching has been terrible, and when the Reds did get a decent start, there was no offense. (Wednesday’s game was the exception). And I’m still not worried about Joey Votto.
Speaking of Votto, if you’ll be watching the game on Fox Sports Ohio, apparently he has something special planned for tonight’s broadcast.