Game preview (8/31/16): Brandon Finnegan looks to wrap up season on a high note

Overview: With the amount of starts that he has remaining in flux, Brandon Finnegan looks to continue ending his season on a high note. Robert Stephenson and Tyler Mahle will try to build off of improved starts last time out.


Cincinnati at Los Angeles, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Brandon Finnegan (8-9, 4.27 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 118 K, 72 BB)

Notes: Brandon Finnegan has blown out his career high in innings pitched this season, and the Reds have made it known that Finnegan will likely be shut down before the season concludes. The only question is when and any start upcoming could certainly be his last. Either way, the lefty is ending his season on a strong note. After posting monthly ERAs over five for June and July, he is sitting at 2.67 through five August starts.


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

Starting pitcher: Robert Stephenson (7-9, 4.58 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 113 K, 68 BB)

Notes: Robert Stephenson made his first start since being publicly called out by his manager and told he should feel “embarrassed” by his recent play after a two-inning start. The motivation may have worked some, as Stephenson did show some signs of improvement. In the start, he worked six innings allowing five hits and two runs. He did still walk three though. The main culprit is when he can’t find the strike zone and walks haunt the right hander. Stephenson has allowed 17 walks in his last six starts. However, he has also allowed 37 hits over that span.


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

Starting pitcher: Tyler Mahle (6-3, 4.39 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 62 K, 19 BB)

Notes: Tyler Mahle will make his 27th start between two levels on Friday night for Pensacola, and has really struggled of late after an extremely strong start. Coming into his last outing, 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 his last start, Mahle bounced back with 6.1 quality innings, where he allowed two hits and two runs, while striking out seven. That is much more in line with how he pitched in June and July, when he posted a 2.70 and 3.67 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 44.1 innings.


Daytona at Lakeland, 12:00 p.m. EST, double header

Game one Starting pitcher: Tejay Antone (14-6, 3.51 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 105 K, 28 BB)

Notes: Tejay Antone was named Pitcher of the Month for Daytona for July. For the month, Antone started five games and posted a 2.32 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP. In five August starts, he has been just as solid, posting a 2.81 ERA and struck out 26 in 32 innings. In all of his last three starts, he has allowed 10 hits. The first two were six-inning starts, and he went seven in the most recent. In the first, he allowed three runs, and a pair of unearned runs in the second. In the last start, he allowed four earned runs.

Game one Starting pitcher: Keury Mella (8-9, 3.90 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 95 K, 56 BB)

Notes: Keury Mella has allowed at least seven hits in seven of his last nine starts entering Wednesday. However, he has been able to limit the damage in some of those, as he also allowed three or less runs in five of those nine.After strong months in April and May, Mella has seen issues since. He posted ERAs over five in June and July, and is currently at 4.13 for August.


Lake County at Dayton, 7:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Austin Orewiler (3-13, 4.10 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 75 K, 37 BB)

Notes: Austin Orewiler has hit a bit of a rough patch in his season. He allowed 10 and 11 hits in back-to-back starts to start August, and the hits allowed have not slowed down. For August, Orewiler has allowed 34 hits and 21 runs in 23 innings. On August 15, he worked five shutout innings with two hits, but five days later, he worked just three innings with five hits and four runs allowed. In his last start, Orewiler was able to go six innings for his longest start of the month, but allowed six hits and four runs.


Billings at Great Falls, 9:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Aaron Quillen (1-0, 4.29 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 16 K, 9 BB)

Notes: After 13 relief appearances in 2016, Aaron Quillen made his first start on August 26 and fared well. In five shutout innings, Quillen allowed just one hit and struck out seven. In his 13 relief appearances, Quillen posted a 5.63 ERA with 22 hits allowed and nine walks in 16 innings. Only time will tell if starting is a better fit for the right hander.


AZL Reds vs. TBD, Game one of playoffs

Starting pitcher: TBD

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