Game preview (8/15/16): Brandon Finnegan looks to regain command

Overview: Brandon Finnegan and Amir Garrett look to stay on top of command questions, while Tyler Mahle and Austin Orewiler look to rebound from slumps. Scott Moss starts after his two best professional outings.


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

Starting pitcher: Brandon Finnegan (7-8, 4.45 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 95 K, 65 BB)

Notes: Brandon Finnegan seems to be putting it all together past the midpoint of the season with two of his strongest outings in a row, with two six-inning shutouts in a row. However, last time out against the Cardinals, the command issues crept back up. Finnegan allowed six hits and three runs, but also six walks in six innings of work. In his previous five starts combined he walked just 10 batters.


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

Starting pitcher: TBD

Notes: The starter is listed as TBD, but Amir Garrett was skipped on Sunday, so it could be his start. Command has been the biggest issue for Garrett of late, and that appears heavily two starts ago. Garrett walked four hitters and allowed three runs, while retiring just two hitters and leaving the bases loaded in the first when removed from the game. He has been on and off with those hiccups over the past month, but his last start was quite good. He allowed just three hits and two runs over seven innings. When he is commanding his pitches, Garrett is unhittable.


Tennessee at Pensacola, 7:30 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Tyler Mahle (5-2, 3.54 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 46 K, 15 BB)

Notes: Tyler Mahle will make his 24rd start between two levels on Friday night for Pensacola. Since being promoted to Double-A, Mahle has been consistently good, after dominating High-A. However, he has come down to earth a bit lately. In four of his last five starts, Mahle has allowed 28 hits and 18 runs in 23.2 innings. While five of the runs were unearned, having more base runners eventually cost him. Last time out, he worked two scoreless innings, but was postponed due to rain.


Daytona at Brevard County, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

Notes: The starter is listed as TBD on the Daytona website, but it would be Jonathon Crawford’s turn in the rotation. Crawford has seen very little but injuries since he was traded to the Reds, but saw success in his first non-rehab start of the season two starts. In his last start, Crawford allowed just two hits in five shutout innings, while striking out three. However, in his second start, Crawford lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing five hits and three runs.


Fort Wayne at Dayton, 7:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Austin Orewiler (2-10, 4.05 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 62 K, 34 BB)

Notes: Orewiler has hit a bit of a rough patch in his season. In five of his last seven starts, he has allowed at least eight hits and four runs. After allowing seven runs in back-to-back outings, Orewiler rebounded with two quality starts in July. However, in his July 28, Orewiler reverted back and allowed nine hits and four runs over five innings and has not bounced back yet. In his last start, he worked 4.1 innings, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs.


Billings at Idaho Falls, 9:15 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Scott Moss (2-0, 1.74 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 13 K, 5 BB)

Notes: Scott Moss had his longest professional starts in his last two outing. Moss worked five strong outing, and allowed just three hits in each. In those starts, he has also allowed just one run and walked three, while striking out five. In 20.2 innings this season, Moss has struck out 13 batters and walked five.


AZL Reds at AZL Dodgers, 9 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

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