The Reds (66-89) try to revive the offense against the Marlins (60-93) in game three of this series at Marlins Park tonight. First pitch will be at 7:10 ET.

Against his former team, Anthony DeSclafani looks to continue what Luis Castillo did in his brilliant 8.1 inning pitching performance yesterday.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Anthony DeSclafani 104.1 4.92 4.04 20.9% 6.4%
Jose Ureña 162.1 4.21 4.18 18.9% 6.9%

DeSclafani looks to rebound from a couple of bad starts in his last few outings. In his last 13.2 innings (three starts), he’s given up 13 earned runs on 20 hits and five walks. He’s also given up four home runs in that span. Hopefully he can rediscover what he was doing in August, when he had a 2.62 ERA with 27 strikeouts and only four walks in 34.1 innings.

Like his teammate Castillo, DeSclafani has also had trouble with home runs this season. He’s surrendered 22 of them, most of his career, in 104.1 innings. His FB% of 36.6% is near the same as it as been in previous years–he’s always been in the mid-to-upper 30s. But his HR/FB% of 19.5% is a lot higher than 12.6% in 2016 and 9.1% in 2015. More of the fly balls hit off him are going for home runs this season.

Only two Marlins players have faced DeSclafani more than five times and both have home runs off him.

desclafani vs marlins

Jose Ureña missed six games (but only one start) in August due to a MLB suspension for intentionally hitting Ronald Acuña, Jr. in the first inning of a Braves-Marlins game. Aside from one start against the Boston Red Sox, Ureña has been impressive since coming back. In his last three starts (twice against the Philadelphia Phillies) he’s pitched 18.1 innings, allowing only 11 hits and three runs while walking four and striking out 16. He has given up one home run in each of those three starts.

This season, Ureña has only used three pitches: fastball, slider, and change up. He’ll throw his fastball, which averages 95.9 mph, almost 60% of the time, but uses his slider 24% of the time and his change up 18% of the time. Both of his breaking pitches average in the high 80s.

Tucker Barnhart is the only Red to hit a home run off Ureña, but Scott Schebler is 3-for-3 against him as well.

urena vs reds


1. Scott Schebler (LF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Tucker Barnhart (C)
7. Mason Williams (RF)
8. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
1. Miguel Rojas (SS)
2. Starlin Castro (2B)
3. J.T. Realmuto (C)
4. Peter O’Brien (1B)
5. Brian Anderson (3B)
6. Lewis Brinson (CF)
7. Austin Dean (LF)
8. Magneuris Sierra (RF)
9. Jose Urena (P)

-Jose Peraza is back in the lineup after being scratched last minute yesterday.

-After an 0-for-4 performance in Friday’s game, Scooter Gennett fell a little further behind Christian Yelich in the batting average race. He’s now hitting .316 to Yelich’s .320.

News, Notes, and Pregame Reading

-Three Reds were named to the Silver Slugger watch list on Friday. Michael Lorenzen needs to win this award.

-Barry Larkin became the first 30-30 shortstop in MLB history on this date way back in 1996.

-C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic talked to someone from last night’s game who provided a different perspective.

-I found some positives in an otherwise bleak Reds season.

17 Responses

  1. Sliotar

    Now look, people, I know the Reds stink (again).

    But, the Buckeyes game is over and the Wildcats haven’t started yet.

    We aren’t going to start a bad tradition of zero posts before a game starts on a Game Thread.

    Not on my watch. (LOL.)

    Nice setup, Ashley. Interesting stat about the guys seeing Disco the most having HRs off him.

    I don’t care if the Reds stink, I will miss them being in action soon enough.

    Go Redlegs.

    • Mike Adams

      Hear, hear Sliotar.
      In under the wire: “Go Reds!”

  2. Mike Adams

    Desclafani needs to have a good outing to cement his claim to a starting spot in 2019, and to show his former team “take that!”
    Scooter needs to go 3 for 4 or better to challenge Yelich for the batting crown.
    Peraza needs to go errorless. Scooter needs to go errorless. Eugenio needs to go errorless.
    Schebler and Eugenio need to hit a home run or two in this game.
    Joey needs to get on base about 3 times or more.
    Riggleman needs to see no bunts, hear no bunts and call no bunts in this game.
    I could go on but I’d rather watch the game.
    Ashley, you need to keep up the good work!

  3. Klugo

    The one thing Scooter has going for him in the race for the batting crown is that Yelich is done seeing the Reds staff.

    • Jim Walker

      No kidding. Somebody ought to see what Yelich’s average would be without the Reds.

  4. Scott C

    Desclafani is killing himself. 2 errors in one inning.

  5. docproctor

    Yelich 0 for 1 with a walk.
    Scooter 1 for 2.
    Not that I’m box score watching. 🙂

  6. Matt Hendley

    The thing with the bunts, is think what would have happend if everyone had laid them down like they are supposed too.

  7. Scott C

    17 inning scoreless innings for the Reds.

  8. docproctor

    Disco pitches well.
    Until he doesn’t.
    We’ve heard this song before.

  9. roger garrett

    Nothing to see here but loss number 90 by our Reds.Yep I really think we should just stand pat this off season.We can’t hit or field or pitch so I say lets just bring everybody back and do it again in 2019.Give Senzel a cup of coffee in May or June then send him back down because we are so good we have no where for him to play.

  10. Bill j

    If the Reds had pitching the could be in the playoffs with their offense. 1 run in 21 innings.

  11. Matt Hendley

    If the reds had had actuall pitching they would have had motivation to actually take real at bats, not just to phone it in. You put the players in a bad environment and they dont give a shit dont blame them. The pitching was an issue long ago (2015)

    • BigRedMike

      Reds hitters must not truly be MLB professionals if that is the case.