Game preview (8/13/16): Robert Stephenson looks to bounce back

Overview: Dan Straily looks to continue his consistency as the Reds begin their last road series in the trip. Robert Stephenson, Austin Orewiler, and Sal Romano look to bounce back from their last outings.


Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Dan Straily (7-6, 3.76 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 105 K, 51 BB)

Notes: It is hard to find anyone in baseball who has been as reliable as Dan Straily of late. Straily has gone at least six innings in his last seven starts, with three of those working into the seventh and one into the eighth. Dan Straily will make his 22nd start and 25th appearance for the Reds in 2016 on Friday trying to open the road series in Milwaukee. In his last seven starts, Straily has worked 45.2 innings and allowed 27 hits and 13 runs. He has also only walked 11 batters, which has been an issue in the past, and struck out 31 hitters.


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

Starting pitcher: Robert Stephenson (6-9, 4.36 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 99 K, 61 BB)

Notes: When Robert Stephenson is on, like last time out, he is nearly unhittable. When he isn’t on, he is still generally hard to hit, but he can’t find the strike zone and walks haunt the right hander. However his last start, on August 8, was a rarity. Stephenson was hit hard, but walked only two hitters. He allowed 10 hits over six innings, allowing six earned runs. Stephenson will look to bounce back in trying to make it back to the Reds before the end of the season.


Tennessee at Pensacola, 7:30 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Sal Romano (4-10, 3.92 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 116 K, 29 BB)

Notes: After a tough start to the season, Romano really hit his groove from July into August. He posted a 2.25 ERA in six starts for Pensacola in July. In his first August start, Romano allowed just six hits and one run over six innings. The start was cut short by a cramp. In his last start, the second in August, he struggled a bit more with base runners. He allowed nine hits and three runs over five innings. Romano posted just under nine in K/9 and walked just six batters in 42 innings of work since the beginning of July.


Tampa at Daytona, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Seth Varner (5-7, 3.90 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 69 K, 22 BB)

Notes: Varner has gone at least five innings in four of his last five starts. However, the hit totals have been rolling in as well. Over those outings, he has allowed 44 hits in 26.2 innings of work. The run totals have followed, with 22 earned runs over that span. However, he tossed seven shutout inning on seven hits last time out.


South Bend at Dayton, 7:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Austin Orewiler (4-11, 4.05 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 62 K, 34 BB)

Notes: Orewiler has hit a bit of a rough patch in his season. He has allowed 10 and 11 hits in back-to-back starts. After allowing seven runs in back-to-back outings, Orewiler rebounded with two quality starts in July. However, since, Orewiler has reverted back and allowed four, eight, and five runs in three straight starts. The struggle continued in his last start, where he allowed 11 hits and five runs in 4.1 innings.


Billings at Ogden, 9:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

Notes: While the starting pitches is listed as TBD on the Billings website, it is Max Wotell’s turn in the rotation. It would be Wotell’s second start since the Jay Bruce trade. In his first start, he went four innings, allowing three hits, three walks, and three runs. He struck out four.


AZL Reds at AZL White Sox, 9 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

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