|CINCINNATI ( CASTILLO )|
ATLANTA ( NEWCOMB )
|903||CINCINNATI||+100||Ov 9.5,+105||+100||Ov 9.5,-110|
|904||ATLANTA||-110||Un 9.5,-125||-110||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-23||-13.8||17-12||4.2||0.245||0.310||0.414||0.723||6.0||0.277||0.354||0.502||0.856|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.2||5-2||6.6||0.281||0.379||0.467||0.846||7.3||0.304||0.367||0.556||0.923|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-57||-5.8||53-44||4.5||0.258||0.314||0.393||0.706||5.2||0.263||0.331||0.421||0.752|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.3||4-3||4.7||0.270||0.322||0.464||0.786||6.6||0.302||0.383||0.510||0.893|
|8/6/2017||BAILEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||4-13||L||-120||9 ov||O||8||7||0||16||7||0|
|8/7/2017||ADLEMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||11-3||W||-125||9.5 un||O||8||2||0||8||6||0|
|8/8/2017||ROMANO(R)||SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||3-7||L||-135||9 ov||O||9||8||0||11||7||0|
|8/9/2017||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)||SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||8-3||W||-150||9 ev||O||11||8||0||7||4||1|
|8/10/2017||CASTILLO(R)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||10-3||W||-140||8.5 ov||O||8||6||0||8||8||0|
|8/11/2017||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||11-10||W||165||8.5 ov||O||15||11||0||16||12||2|
|8/12/2017||FELDMAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)||5-6||L||140||9 ov||O||6||6||0||12||12||0|
|8/13/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||4-7||L||105||10.5 ov||O||8||8||1||8||4||1|
|8/14/2017||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||5-15||L||185||9.5 un||O||8||11||1||17||10||1|
|8/15/2017||CASTILLO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||2-1||W||145||7.5 un||U||8||10||0||7||10||0|
|8/16/2017||BAILEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||6-7||L||175||10 un||O||9||5||0||8||5||0|
|8/17/2017||FELDMAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||13-10||W||225||12 un||O||12||8||0||13||5||1|
|8/18/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||5-3||W||105||9.5 ov||U||9||8||0||8||8||0|
|8/19/2017||STEPHENSON(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||11-8||W||150||10 ov||O||14||7||3||15||14||1|
|8/20/2017||CASTILLO(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)|| |
|8/22/2017||BAILEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||FELDMAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|8/24/2017||ROMANO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/25/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|8/26/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|8/27/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|8/11/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||5-8||L||145||8.5 ev||O||7||4||0||8||9||0|
|8/12/2017||SIMS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||5-6||L||210||9 un||O||9||8||1||11||7||1|
|8/13/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||6-3||W||175||8.5 un||O||12||7||0||11||9||0|
|8/14/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ COLORADO||BETTIS(R)||0-3||L||120||12 ov||U||7||7||0||7||7||0|
|8/15/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||4-3||W||170||11 ev||U||6||4||0||6||5||1|
|8/16/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ COLORADO||GRAY(R)||2-17||L||165||11 un||O||7||5||0||18||8||0|
|8/17/2017||SIMS(R)||@ COLORADO||HOFFMAN(R)||10-4||W||160||12 ev||O||12||6||1||9||11||0|
|8/25/2017|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|8/26/2017|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|8/27/2017|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|CINCINNATI: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Bryan Price (third season)
Who's new? RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Drew Storen, RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, OF Ryan Raburn, OF Desmond Jennings, IF/OF Arismendy Alcantara
Who's gone? 2B Brandon Phillips, C Ramon Cabrera, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Alfredo Simon, LHP John Lamb, RHP Josh Smith
Projected lineup: CF Billy Hamilton (.260, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 58 SB), SS Zack Cozart (.252, 16, 50), 1B Joey Votto (.326, 29, 97), LF Adam Duvall (.241, 33, 103), RF Scott Schebler (.265, 9, 40), 3B Eugenio Suarez (.248, 21, 70), C Devin Mesoraco (.140, 0, 1 in 16 games), 2B Jose Peraza (.324, 3, 25, 21 SB)
Rotation: RH Anthony DeSclafani (9-5, 3.28 ERA), RH Scott Feldman (7-4, 3.97 with Astros and Blue Jays), LH Brandon Finnegan (10-11, 3.98), RH Tim Adleman (4-4, 4.00), RH Robert Stephenson (2-3, 6.08) or Cody Reed (0-7, 7.36) or Amir Garrett (2-5, 3.46 for Triple-A Louisville)
Key relievers: RH Raisel Iglesias (3-2, 2.53, 6/8 SV), RH Drew Storen (3-0, 3.44 with Mariners), RH Michael Lorenzen (2-1, 2.88), LH Tony Cingrani (2-5, 4.14, 17/23 SV), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Blake Wood (6-5, 3.99)
Hot spot: Rotation. The Reds' rebuilding effort is just beginning to bear fruit on the mound. DeSclafani, 26, made a big leap in his second full season in 2016. Finnegan, 23, will try to do the same this year. If the next wave of pitchers isn't ready for the major leagues, Stephenson, Reed, Garrett, Sal Romano and Rookie Davis would make a mean rotation at Triple-A. Meanwhile, 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo will try to hold down a job like it's 2004.
Outlook: After trading Phillips to the Braves, only Votto and pitcher Homer Bailey remain from the Reds' last season as a contending team. Cincinnati was basically a .500 team (36-37) after the All-Star break last season, so maybe a return to respectability isn't far off. Hamilton and infielder Jose Peraza, electric on the bases and in the field, have breakout potential. There might not be another star on the roster besides Votto, but that's OK for now. With no veterans blocking their best prospects, the Reds can use this season to figure out what their system holds.
|ATLANTA: 2016: 68-93, fifth place
Manager: Brian Snitker (second season)
Who's new? 2B Brandon Phillips, 2B Micah Johnson, C Kurt Suzuki, IF/OF Sean Rodriguez, SP Bartolo Colon, SP R.A. Dickey, SP Jaime Garcia
Who's gone? OF Mallex Smith, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Chris Withrow, RHP Ryan Weber
Projected lineup: CF Ender Inciarte (.291, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 16 SB), SS Dansby Swanson (.302, 3, 17), 1B Freddie Freeman (.302, 34, 91), LF Matt Kemp (.280, 12, 39 with Padres and Braves), RF Nick Markakis (.269, 13, 89), 2B Brandon Phillips (.291, 11, 64, 14 SB), 3B Adonis Garcia (.273, 14, 65), C Tyler Flowers (.270, 8, 41)
Rotation: RH Julio Teheran (7-10, 3.21), RH Bartolo Colon (15-8, 3.43 with Mets), LH Jaime Garcia (10-13, 4.67 with Cardinals), RH R.A. Dickey (10-15, 4.46 with Blue Jays), RH Mike Foltynewicz (9-5, 4.31)
Key relievers: RH Jim Johnson (2-6, 3.06 ERA, 20/23 SV), RH Arodys Vizcaino (1-4, 4.42, 10/14 SV), RH Mauricio Cabrera (5-1, 2.82), LH Ian Krol (2-0, 3.18), RH Jose Ramirez (2-2, 3.58), RH Josh Collmenter (1-0, 4.84 with Diamondbacks)
Hot spots: Second base and rotation. Phillips, acquired from the Reds in February, is a placeholder for prospect Ozzie Albies at second base. Albies, 20, won the Double-A Southern League batting title in 2016 and is a potential September call-up at least. The rotation is in a similar state of transition, but it's more complicated. Veterans Teheran, Colon, Dickey and Garcia have jobs for now. Youngsters Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair, Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Sean Newcomb are pushing to seize long-term spots.
Outlook: In the inaugural season at SunTrust Park, the Braves will try to crack .500 for the first time since 2013. Their rebuilding work isn't finished, but the front office added about $30 million in salary over the winter. That ought to be enough to make the Braves watchable again. Now, the veterans trying to extend their careers in Atlanta (Colon, Dickey, Phillips, Kemp) are almost as intriguing as the prospects. The sight of 23-year-old shortstop Swanson backing up 40-something pitchers Colon and Dickey could be something special.
|Reds' Castillo to face fellow rookie Newcomb of Braves|
ATLANTA -- Cincinnati Reds right-hander Luis Castillo came into the season with less of a prospect buildup than Atlanta Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb, his mound opponent on Sunday in the series finale.
It has been Castillo, though, who has fared a little better since both were called up from the minors in June.
Castillo, coming off six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Chicago Cubs, is 2-5 with a 3.39 ERA in 11 starts.
Newcomb, a former first-round draft choice, is 1-7 with a 4.45 ERA in 12 outings and hasn't been able to maintain the promise of his first few starts.
"He's a young pitcher trying to learn on the job," Braves manager Brian Snitker said.
Castillo seems to already have a handle on things, twice turning in scoreless starts of at least six innings and allowing just one run over eight innings in another.
The 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic allowed just two singles before leaving for a pinch hitter at Chicago and needed only 80 pitches while striking out seven and walking two.
"I think the main thing is to believe 100 percent in your pitches," Castillo said through a translator. "That's what I'm doing right now, trying to believe that I have really good secondary stuff and a really good fastball. I focus 100 percent to throw the pitch I want to throw in any count. I really believe in my pitches right now."
Castillo, acquired from Miami over the winter in the Dan Straily trade, has allowed just 50 hits and struck out 66 over 66 1/3 innings while employing a four-pitch mix that includes the addition of a two-seamer last month.
"Of all the things he brings to the table as far as stuff goes, the thing that is the most important is the intangibles of makeup, the ability to compete and trust and have faith in his stuff," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's willing to throw it over. He's willing to challenge good hitters in the strike zone with good stuff."
Newcomb made the jump to the majors from Triple-A, rather than Double-A like Castillo, and posted a 1.48 ERA in his first four starts.
The 24-year-old has struggled with control issues and high pitch counts since, though.
After allowing just 18 hits and posting 21 strikeouts to eight walks over 24 1/3 innings in June, Newcomb had a 7.61 ERA in July and is at 4.32 for August.
Newcomb, the prospect centerpiece of the 2016 trade that sent Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels, has walked 29 over 40 1/3 innings in his past eight starts.
Newcomb showed better fastball command in his past two starts while ditching his slider, but he still had to pitch around four walks while allowing three solo homers at Colorado in a no-decision Tuesday.
Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, batting .314, could miss his second straight game after suffering a bruised left shin when hit by a pitch Friday.
"His shin didn't respond (to treatment) as well as we'd hoped," Price said.
X-rays weren't needed, but Cozart was still limping Saturday in the clubhouse as he wore a compression wrap on his leg.
The Reds (53-71) won 11-8 on Saturday after a 5-3 victory over the Braves (54-67) on Friday and go for their first series sweep on Sunday since taking four games from St. Louis on June 5-8.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 6:19:44 PM EST|