Game preview (8/26/16): Brandon Finnegan and Amir Garrett look to finish strong

Overview: With an innings limit upcoming, Brandon Finnegan looks to finish his season strong in his last few outings. Amir Garrett looks to find consistency with command, while Nick Travieso looks to stay healthy.


Cincinnati at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Brandon Finnegan (8-9, 4.32 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 106 K, 70 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 and seven one hit shutout innings in three of his last five starts. However in two starts sandwiched in between, the command issues crept back up. Finnegan allowed 13 hits and seven runs, but also nine walks in 11.1 innings of work. Finnegan is eventually likely to reach his inning limit and be shut down. The only question is when.


Louisville at Indianapolis, 7:15 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Amir Garrett (2-4, 3.36 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 43 K, 28 BB)

Notes: Command has been the biggest issue for Amir Garrett, but when he has control, he is as good as it gets. That has shown over two of his last three starts, as he has worked into the seventh inning in each of those. In those two starts, Garrett walked just two hitters and allowed just nine hits and two runs. However, in his last start, Garrett walked five in 6.1 innings – though two were intentional – and allowed four runs. Prior to that, 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 August 8 game.


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

Starting pitcher: TBD

Notes: While the starter is listed as TBD on the Pensacola website, it would be Nick Travieso’s turn in the rotation. Travieso returned from the DL on August 9 for his first start in nearly a month. In the start, Travieso reached his pitch limit after 3.1 innings of work, where he allowed three hits and walked three more. However, in his next two starts, Travieso stretched back out to five and six innings. The hits and runs followed with 14 hits and six runs, but it is still nice to see Travieso healthy again and getting work. Prior to the injury, Travieso had posted a 2.05 ERA in four July starts, walking just three in 22 innings of work.


Clearwater at Daytona, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

Notes: The starter is listed as TBD on the Daytona website, but it would be due for either Keury Mella or Jonathon Crawford to make the start.


Dayton at Bowling Green, 7:35 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Wendolyn Bautista (0-0, 4.58 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 11 K, 7 BB)

Notes: Wendolyn Bautista will make his third appearance since July 29 Friday night with Dayton, where he returned to be a starter. However, he was extremely good in 10 starts with Daytona this season, allowing just 34 hits and 15 runs (10 earned) in 44.2 innings. In his last two starts with Dayton, Bautista worked 11 innings, allowing 13 hits and four runs.


Billings at Missoula, 9:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Aaron Quillen (0-0, 5.63 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, 9 K, 9 BB)

Notes: Aaron Quillen will make his first start of the season for Billings after 13 relief appearances. Hits and walks have both been an issue for Quillen in 2016. In his last two outings, he has allowed three hits and two runs in three innings.


AZL Giants at AZL Reds, 7 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

Notes: Friday night will feature a double header for the AZL Reds.

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