The Cincinnati Reds (50-64) will play the rubber game of a three game series at Citi Field against the New York Mets (46-65) today at 12:10 PM. Robert Stephenson will make his long awaited 2018 debut for the Reds.
Robert Stephenson has a 1.23 ERA with 55 strikeouts and 17 walks over last 7 starts at AAA (44.0 IP). Doug Gray of redsminorleagues.com and RN wrote this about Stephenson making his debut. I encourage you to read Doug’s entire article here.
It’s been a strange path over the last year for Robert Stephenson. After beginning the 2017 season in the big league bullpen and being used incredibly strangely, he was sent back to Triple-A in late May. He performed well in Louisville as a starting pitcher. He then returned to the Major Leagues for the final two months of the season. Now a starter, he posted a 3.30 ERA in 60.0 innings. He allowed 48 hits in that span, but did walk 37 batters – a rate that was much higher than you would like to see. That did come with 59 strikeouts, though.
Despite having success in the Majors as a starter with the Reds in the second half of 2017, he went back to the minors to begin 2018. And that’s where he’s been all season long despite the struggles of the rotation, who has an ERA over 5.00 as a whole. Had Robert Stephenson been struggling in Louisville, it would have made sense. But as I type this he’s currently sporting a 2.87 ERA in 113.0 innings. He’s also given up 74 hits allowed and he’s struck out 135 batters. The walk rate is still higher than you would like – he’s given out 57 of them this season. Still, it’s not as if there has been roaring success with the guys ahead of him, either.
Jacob Degrom has been the best pitcher in the NL this season. He has the best ERA, FIP, and fWAR. He has a career 3.00 ERA in 3 starts against the Reds (18.0 IP, 24 K, 6 BB).
|1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Phillip Ervin (LF)
3. Scooter Gennett (2B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Mason Williams (RF)
6. Curt Casali (C)
7. Brandon Dixon (1B)
8. Robert Stephenson (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Amed Rosario (SS)
2. Jeff McNeil (2B)
3. Wilmer Flores (1B)
4. Michael Conforto (LF)
5. Jose Bautista (3B)
6. Brandon Nimmo (RF)
7. Austin Jackson (CF)
8. Devin Mesoraco (C)
9. Jacob deGrom (P)
Votto is out of the lineup again. Riggleman expects Votto to be able to play Friday. Same with Tucker, Preston Tucker, this is. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) August 8, 2018
To make room for Stephenson on the roster, #reds optioned RHP Jesus Reyes to Louisville.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) August 8, 2018
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.