Game preview (7/29/16): Robert Stephenson and Brandon Finnegan look to find command

Overview: Brandon Finnegan and Robert Stephenson look to bounce back from recent command issues haunting them. Jose Lopez also looks to rebound from some of his worst starts of the season in Dayton.

reds

Cincinnati at San Diego, 10:40 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Brandon Finnegan (5-8, 4.93 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 81 K, 56 BB)

Notes: Finnegan really has struggled with command in 2016, allowing 53 walks in the first half of the season. He has also struggled with command in getting too much of the plate and pitching to hard contact. Through his first 111.1 innings of work this season, Finnegan has allowed a league high 22 home runs. In the second half of the season, he has walked just three hitters in 10 innings, but still allowed three home runs last time out against Arizona.

louisville

Louisville at Durham, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

Notes: The starts is listed as TBD on the Louisville Website, but the it is Robert Stephenson’s turn in the rotation. Much like Finnegan, Robert Stephenson has really struggled with walks, and that is really the only thing that is keeping him out of the Major Leagues. Also like Finnegan, Stephenson saw improvement last time out. After walking nine hitters in 12.1 innings over two starts, Stephenson did not walk a single hitter in his last outing on July 23 in six innings of work.

pensacola

Pensacola at Montgomery, 8:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Sal Romano (3-10, 4.25 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 100 K, 29 BB)

Notes: Sal Romano has seen some tough luck lately, as he has allowed just 10 hits and three walks in his last three starts, spanning 17.2 innings. However, he has also allowed four runs in those starts. Romano has also struck out 25 hitters in his last four starts and 24 innings.

daytona

Bradenton at Daytona, 5:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD (both games)

Notes: Daytona is scheduled to play a double header on Friday night. The starters are unclear with the amount of rain outs and off days lately.

dayton

Great Lakes at Dayton, 7:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Jose Lopez (6-8, 3.67 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 109 K, 30 BB)

Notes: Lopez rebounded from an eight hit, seven run start in 2.1 innings on July 17 with a solid 5.1 inning start on July 23. In that outing, Lopez allowed six hits and three runs, while walking two. Over his last two starts, the hits are up and the strikeouts are down. Lopez has struck out just five over his last two games.

billings

Great Falls at Billings, 9:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Adrian Rodriguez (2-0, 4.35 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 30 K, 8 BB)

Notes: In his last start, Rodriguez allowed a season-high seven hits in five innings of work. In that time, he allowed three runs (two earned) to cross the plate. Prior to that start, Rodriguez had allowed just four hits and two runs over 9.2 innings of work.

reds

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

Starting pitcher: TBD

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