There are only 12 games remaining in the season, starting later today with a 3-game series in Chicago to take on the Cubs. But the Reds will be going with a new rotation starting tonight. Kevin Gausman, who the Reds acquired on August 5th by claiming him on waivers, will make his first start since joining Cincinnati as the team takes on the Cubs this evening.
Guasman isn’t replacing anyone in the rotation. But it does seem that there will be six pitchers in the rotation the rest of the season. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic was the first to report that Gausman would be joining the rotation, and what it would look like late on Sunday.
Updated #Reds rotation:
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 15, 2019
Assuming this isn’t just a 1-time spot start for no apparent reason at all, here’s how the remaining schedule will look for the Cincinnati Reds:
|16-Sep||at Cubs||Kevin Gausman|
|17-Sep||at Cubs||Sonny Gray|
|18-Sep||at Cubs||Tyler Mahle|
|20-Sep||vs Mets||Luis Castillo|
|21-Sep||vs Mets||Anthony DeSclafani|
|22-Sep||vs Mets||Trevor Bauer|
|24-Sep||vs Brewers||Kevin Gausman|
|25-Sep||vs Brewers||Sonny Gray|
|26-Sep||vs Brewers||Tyler Mahle|
|27-Sep||at Pirates||Luis Castillo|
|28-Sep||at Pirates||Anthony DeSclafani|
|29-Sep||at Pirates||Trevor Bauer|
Kevin Gausman made 16 starts with the Braves this season before they placed him on waivers. Things didn’t go well for him as he posted a 6.19 ERA in 80.0 innings where he allowed 92 hits, 12 home runs, walked 27 hitters, and racked up 85 strikeouts. Since joining the Reds he’s pitched exclusively out of the bullpen where his 2-pitch repertoire has performed better. His ERA as a reliever is 4.02 in 15.2 innings where he’s walked just 3 batters, given up 2 home runs, 15 hits, and he’s struck out 22.
The Reds have a rather important decision to make with Kevin Gausman before December rolls around. He’s making $9.35M this season, and he’s going to be entering his final year of arbitration next year if he sticks around. What he will be paid in arbitration would make him one of the most expensive relievers in the game. His track record as a reliever simply isn’t there. As a starter he may not even have a spot with the team. The Reds would need to non-tender him for 2020 before December 1st in order to not be locked into arbitration (unless they could sign him to a deal prior to that time). Getting two starts isn’t useless, but the information it provides won’t be substantial, either. Especially given he’s been in the Majors since 2014 and there’s mountains of information already there.
Freddy Galvis update
On Saturday night Freddy Galvis injured his knee while swinging and had to leave the game. After the game was over he said that he was feeling fine and should be ready to play on Sunday. But that didn’t happen and it didn’t happen because overnight things changed. He noted before the game on Sunday that there was “some soreness”. Manager David Bell said he “thinks it’s going to be a days thing.” We’ll have to wait and see if he’s able to play later today.