Game preview (7/17/16): Robert Stephenson looks for control in the second half

Overview: Robert Stephenson take the mound, looking to find control and make his way to Cincinnati this season. Two of the stronger lower level pitchers take the hill in Jose Lopez and Ian Kahaloa.


Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Dan Straily (4-6, 4.35 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 80 K, 45 BB)

Notes: Other than Anthony DeSclafani, Dan Straily has been the most consistent Reds starter in 2016. Though the numbers don’t always back that up, Straily, who was added off the scrap heap in the spring, has seen over seven K/9. This is similar to his seven H/9 as well. The main issue for Straily has been walks, where he has allowed an average of four free passes a game.


Indianapolis at Louisville, 6:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Robert Stephenson (5-5, 3.89 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 75 K, 46 BB)

Notes: While many would like to see Robert Stephenson get a permanent shot with the Reds, he has to figure out some command at Triple-A first. In his past 10 games, Stephenson has walked 30 hitters and posted an ERA of 4.50. The two numbers coincide for certain, as the hits number has increased just slightly as well. However, Stephenson has struck out 23 hitters in his past three starts, spanning 18.1 innings.


Pensacola at Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m. EST

Game one starting pitcher: Jackson Stephens (6-7, 3.44 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 78 K, 28 BB)

Game two starting pitcher: Sal Romano (2-10, 4.45 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 91 K, 27 BB)

Notes: Jackson Stephens will start the first game for Pensacola and Sal Romano will take the second. Stephens has been consistent in 2016, but has also allowed three earned run in each of his past four starts. Prior to that, he had back-to-back starts with just one allowed.

Romano is coming off his best start of the season, which has led to mostly letdown for the righty. In his last 10 starts, the previous outing was only the second time that Romano went at least seven innings. The nine strikeouts were also a season high.


Jupiter at Daytona, 5:35 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD


Wisconsin at Dayton, 2:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Jose Lopez (6-7, 3.05 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 104 K, 27 BB)

Notes: Jose Lopez has been one of the most promising pitching prospects toward the lower levels in 2016. His WHIP is comparable with the best in the organization, and his 9.3 K/9 is up there as well. With strikeouts numbers that high, a pitcher generally struggles with command, but not Lopez. He appears to be fully healed from the Tommy John surgery he had prior to the 2015 draft and poised to be among the organization’s top pitching prospects.


Orem at Billings, 3:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Ian Kahaloa (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 8 K, 2 BB)

Notes: Kahaloa takes the hill on Sunday and looks to build on two strong outings with Billings to start to the 2016 campaign. In those first two starts, the command has been strong and opposing batters are hitting just .188 against him. With that, Kahaloa has a 4:1 K:BB ratio. He also tied his longest outing of the season last time out by working five strong innings.


AZL Reds at AZL Angels, 9:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

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