Overview: Anthony DeSclafani and Amir Garrett look to stay strong while, Tyler Mahle, Antonio Santillan, and Jonathon Crawford try to find consistency.
Cincinnati at Arizona, 8:10 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Anthony DeSclafani (7-2, 3.27 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 75 K, 19 BB)
Notes: Anthony DeScalfani, who has been the Reds most consistent starter all season, will look to curb a series opening loss in Arizona in his Saturday start. DeScalfani has allowed over three runs just three times in his 14 starts in 2016, and those were his only non-quality starts of the campaign. One of those such starts was in his last outing against the Dodgers, where he allowed eight hits and four runs over seven innings. Prior to that last outing, he allowed 19 hits and eight runs over his previous four starts and 23 innings.
Louisville at Columbus, 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.
Jacksonville at Pensacola, 7:30 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Tyler Mahle (6-3, 4.55 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 55 K, 16 BB)
Notes: Tyler Mahle will make his 26th start between two levels on Friday night for Pensacola, and has really struggled of late after an extremely strong start. In four August starts, Mahle has posted a 7.41 ERA with 21 hits and 14 runs in 17 innings. However, he has struck out 17 hitters in those contests. In June and July, he posted a 2.70 and 3.67 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 44.1 innings.
Clearwater at Daytona, 7:05 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Jonathon Crawford (1-1, 4.60 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 9 K, 8 BB)
Notes: Jonathon Crawford has seen very little but injuries since he was traded to the Reds, but saw success in his three first non-rehab starts of the season. In two of the last four starts, Crawford has worked into the fifth inning. He allowed just six hits and two earned runs in those 10 innings, while striking out six. However, for the ups, there have also been downs. In his last start, he allowed five hits, four walks, and three runs in just 2.1 innings.
Dayton at Bowling Green, 7:35 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Antonio Santillan (2-2, 7.97 ERA, 1.87 WHIP, 27 K, 18 BB)
Notes: After seeing some lumps early in his first five starts with Dayton, Antonio Santillan has also shown several glimmers as well. Two starts ago, Santillan worked 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 10. He also worked six innings on August 6, allowing six hits and two runs. Strikeouts have certainly been the catalyst for Santillan, as he has struck out 27 hitters in just 20.1 innings. The Achilles heel has been walks, as he has allowed 18 free passes in that span. In his last start, Santillan lasted just 0.2 innings and allowed three hits, four walks, and four runs to score.
Billings at Helena, 9:05 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Andrew Jordan (1-4, 4.08 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 51 K, 16 BB)
Notes: Andrew Jordan will make his 11th start of the season for Billings on Saturday, and may have hit a bit of a wall of late. After tossing six innings of one-hit shutout ball on August 8, Jordan has stepped back a bit in each start since. In his start after that, he lasted just 1.2 innings and allowed eight hits and eight runs. In his last start, Jordan worked four innings and allowed six hits and two runs.
The AZL Reds are off on Saturday and return to action on Sunday.