Game preview (8/23/16): Cody Reed makes first Triple-A start in two months, Dan Straily nears career high

Overview: Cody Reed looks to bounce back from getting roughed up in the big league in his first Triple-A start in a couple of months, while Dan Straily looks to continue his consistency.  Jackson Stephens looks to bounce back from his first rough outing of the season, while Ismael Guillon looks to stay strong.


Texas at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Dan Straily (9-6, 3.72 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 118 K, 51 BB)

Notes: With a seven innings start on Tuesday, Dan Straily will match his career high in innings in a season. Straily has gone at least six innings in eight of his last nine starts, with three of those working into the seventh and one into the eighth. In his last start, Straily lasted six innings and allowed six hits and two runs, while striking out seven. The strikeout has become a weapon for Straily as the season has gone along and helped lower his pitches per inning.


Toledo at Louisville, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Cody Reed (6-3, 3.20 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 63 K, 17 BB)

Notes: Cody Reed will make his first start with Louisville since being sent back to Triple-A a week ago. Prior to being optioned, Reed has really struggled since his big league promotion in mid-June, posting a 7.36 ERA in 10 starts. The main issue for Reed has been contact. He has allowed 67 hits in 47.2 innings of work, which have resulted in that inflated ERA. Reed has also allowed 12 home runs and walked 19 batters over the span. Expect Reed to get back to the Major Leagues when the rosters expand in September, but Tuesday will be the first step.


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

Starting pitcher: Jackson Stephens (8-11, 3.29 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 120 K, 35 BB)

Notes: Jackson Stephens has been the model consistency for Pensacola this season, but will look to rebound from a sideways start for the first time in a while. He has gone at least five innings in 21 of his 23 starts and worked into the seventh in his last four starts prior to his last outing. In seven of his last 10 starts, he has went at least six innings, with the other two being five-inning outings. In his last start, Stephens went just 4.2 innings, allowing nine hits and six runs.


Lakeland at Daytona, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Ismael Guillon (6-2, 2.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 109 K, 36 BB)

Notes: Ismael Guillon has struck out at least nine batters in each of his last three starts, and is just mowing down the competition. He has also been alternating between relieving and starting, but has been strong in each role. In 1.1 innings of work in his last appearance in relief, Guillon struck out three of the five batters he faced. For the season, the opposition is hitting just .156 against Guillon.


Lancing at Dayton, 7:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Ty Boyles (5-8, 5.19 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 83 K, 44 BB)

Notes: Ty Boyles’ seasonal struggles landed him in the bullpen with a new influx of starters to Dayton late last month, but a need with a thin rotation earned him another chance to start. He made the most of it to get another opportunity, and has received three starts since. He has seen his best two starts of the season in his last two outings. In those starts, Boyles has allowed six hits in 10.2 shutout innings. It is the first two games all season that he had an appearance without allowing a run.


Billings at Missoula, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Max Wotell (0-1, 15.00 ERA, 2.83 WHIP, 5 K, 7 BB)

Notes: Max Wotell will make his fourth start since the Jay Bruce trade. The first three have not gone so well for the lefty, as he has failed two get through two innings in two of them. In his first start, he went four innings, allowing three hits, three walks, and three runs, but he struck out four. In the second start, he allowed two hits, three walks, and three runs, while retiring just one batter. In his last outing, he went a little further, but to about the same success. He lasted 1.2 innings, allowing five hits and four runs.


AZL Reds at AZL A’s, 9 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

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