The Cincinnati Reds (26-45) are back at Great American Ballpark to begin a six game homestand (12 of their next 15 games are at GABP). The Reds will start the homestand tonight against at 7:10 PM against the Detroit Tigers (36-37). The Tigers are surprisingly just 3.0 games out of first place behind the Indians in the AL Central. The Tigers are in full rebuild mode, and were only projected by PECOTA to win 68 games this season. They are currently riding a five game win streak, despite losing Miguel Cabrera for the season last week.
The Tigers have been lead offensively by rookie Jeimer Candelario (126 wRC+, 10 HR) and Nicholas Castellanos (131 wRC+, 9 HR). The Tigers acquired Candelario last season from the Cubs for Alex Avila and Justin Wilson. Castellanos is in his sixth big league season, and is having his best to date. He was a top 15 prospect when he broke in to the big leagues. The Tigers bullpen has been lead by 23 year old Joe Jimenez and his 96 MPH average fastball (35.1 IP, 2.04 ERA, 1.96 FIP, 10.19 K/9, 2.04 BB/9, 0.25 HR/9).
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature two pitchers who have yet to face any of the hitters they will see tonight.
Sal Romano is coming off his best start of the year by a mile last week in Kansas City (8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 K). That performance alone will not be enough by itself to keep Romano’s spot in the rotation. Robert Stephenson has been pitching well of late in Louisville, and one more bad start for Romano could find those two flipping spots.
Matt Boyd is having a breakout season for the Tigers despite his fastball velocity dropping by 2.8 MPH. Boyd has done an exception job keeping the ball in the park, which has been the main reason for his jump in success.
You can find the lineups here.
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.