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.
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.
Jose UreÃƒÂ±a missed six games (but only one start) in August due to a MLB suspension for intentionally hitting Ronald AcuÃƒÂ±a, Jr. in the first inning of a Braves-Marlins game. Aside from one start against the Boston Red Sox, UreÃƒÂ±a 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, UreÃƒÂ±a 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 UreÃƒÂ±a, but Scott Schebler is 3-for-3 against him as well.
|1.Ã‚Â Scott ScheblerÃ‚Â (LF)
2.Ã‚Â Jose PerazaÃ‚Â (SS)
3.Ã‚Â Joey VottoÃ‚Â (1B)
4.Ã‚Â Scooter GennettÃ‚Â (2B)
5.Ã‚Â Eugenio SuarezÃ‚Â (3B)
6.Ã‚Â Tucker BarnhartÃ‚Â (C)
7.Ã‚Â Mason WilliamsÃ‚Â (RF)
8.Ã‚Â Anthony DeSclafaniÃ‚Â (P)
9.Ã‚Â Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (CF)
|1.Ã‚Â Miguel RojasÃ‚Â (SS)
2.Ã‚Â Starlin CastroÃ‚Â (2B)
3.Ã‚Â J.T. RealmutoÃ‚Â (C)
4.Ã‚Â Peter O’BrienÃ‚Â (1B)
5.Ã‚Â Brian AndersonÃ‚Â (3B)
6.Ã‚Â Lewis BrinsonÃ‚Â (CF)
7.Ã‚Â Austin DeanÃ‚Â (LF)
8.Ã‚Â Magneuris SierraÃ‚Â (RF)
9.Ã‚Â Jose UrenaÃ‚Â (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.
Been sluggin' all year. ?
Congrats, fellas! pic.twitter.com/OKPfrtRf5E
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 21, 2018
-Barry Larkin became the first 30-30 shortstop in MLB history on this date way back in 1996.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 22, 2018
-C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic talked to someone from last night’s game who provided a different perspective.
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticCIN) September 22, 2018
-I found some positives in an otherwise bleak Reds season.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) September 22, 2018