The open audition for 2018 continues tonight at Great American Ball Park, as the Reds host the Pirates.
Thanks to a combination of injuries and innings limits, the Reds pitching staff is now without Luis Castillo, Scott Feldman, Drew Storen and Wandy Peralta. That’s on top of Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Finnegan, who have both essentially been out for the year.
We had a brief stretch there a few weeks back where the Reds were getting pretty decent starting pitching on a regular basis. Since then, Reds watchers have been “treated” to several walk-fests in which both starters and relievers can’t find the plate to save their lives (or perhaps careers). One thing that can be said with some certainty is that the front office will have a much better read on the pitchers on this roster moving ahead. In the wake of rebuilding and losing, we always look for the silver lining.
Righthander Kuhl advanced quickly through the Pirates’ farm system after being drafted in 2013. He made 14 starts for Pittsburgh last year, and has been in the rotation all year this year.
Of Bailey’s 15 starts, only six have been of the so-called “quality” variety (six or more innings, three or fewer runs allowed). He’s in the process of hopefully reinventing himself as a pitcher who hopes to get batters out by superior location instead of nasty velocity and stuff.
All Reds relievers should be available, with the possible exception of Jackson Stevens, who pitched three shutout innings yesterday in relief of Amir Garrett. But the bullpen is full of arms. The real question: Will we ever see Raisel Iglesias again? He’s pitched three games and five innings now 15 days into the month of September. He’s not on any sort of innings limit that we’re aware of, but hasn’t been seen much probably due to the lack of save situations.
|2B Adam Frazier||RF Jesse Winker|
|LF Jordan Luplow||SS Zack Cozart|
|CF Andrew McCutchen||1B Joey Votto|
|1B Josh Bell||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|3B David Freese||CF Scott Schebler|
|RF Gregory Polanco||LF Adam Duvall|
|C Elias Diaz||2B Jose Peraza|
|SS Max Moroff||C Tucker Barnhart|
|P Chad Kuhl||P Homer Bailey|
News and Notes
Hunter Greene apparently has seen the light, that his future is as a pitcher and not as a hitter …
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 15, 2017
Silver Sluggers alert …
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 15, 2017