Game preview (9/2/16): Rookie Davis looks to rebound with return to Double-A

Overview: Anthony DeSclafani will look to build on a complete game shutout in his last start, while Josh Smith will eye a strong start in a brief Louisville stint. Rookie Davis will try to rebound from a rough Triple-A stint with Pensacola.

reds

St. Louis at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Anthony DeSclafani (8-2, 2.96 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 84 K, 20 BB)

Notes: Anthony DeScalfani, who has been the Reds best starter all season, will look to build on the four-hit shutout that he tossed last time out. DeScalfani has allowed over three runs just three times in his 15 starts in 2016, and those were his only non-quality starts of the campaign. One of those such starts was two outings ago against the Dodgers, where he allowed eight hits and four runs over seven innings. However, he rebounded extraordinarily last time out with the shutout. Prior to that Dodgers outing, he allowed 19 hits and eight runs over his previous four starts and 23 innings.

louisville

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

Starting pitcher: Josh Smith (3-4, 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 34 K, 13 BB)

Notes: Josh Smith will make his first start with Louisville since May and since being promoted to the big leagues. Smith was optioned to Louisville earlier in the week to make room for Alfredo Simon, who was activated from the DL and his rehab assignment. The stint in Triple-A will likely be a short one for Smith, who should go back up when the Minor League season ends. With the Reds, Smith posted a 5.19 ERA in 25 appearances. The stats can be deceiving, as overall, Smith was solid in the long relief role this season.

pensacola

Pensacola at Birmingham, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Rookie Davis (9-3, 2.72 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 58 K, 26 BB)

Notes: Rookie Davis was returned to Pensacola from Louisville earlier in the week to aid with the playoff run at the level and this will be his first appearance since. Davis saw by far his best, and really only strong Triple-A outing three starts ago. He got off to a disastrous first Triple-A outings, it was encouraging to see Davis making progress, but he took a bit of a step back again his last couple times out. In those starts, Davis allowed just four hits in six shutout innings. In his first start, Davis lasted 10 innings, and allowed eight runs on 17 hits. Davis will get an opportunity to take a step back and get his confidence back at a level he dominated before returning to Triple-A next season.

daytona

Brevard County at Daytona, 6:35 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

dayton

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

Starting pitcher: Antonio Santillan (2-3, 8.87 ERA, 2.01 WHIP, 28 K, 23 BB)

Notes: After seeing some lumps early in his first five starts with Dayton, Antonio Santillan has also shown several glimmers as well. However, walks and base runners have been the main issue for Santillan. Over his last six starts, all of his starts with Dayton, he has walked three or more in five of them. Over the span, he has walked 23 batters in 23.1 innings of work. This has resulted in a merry-go-round of runners crossing the plate as well.

billings

Great Falls at Billings, 9:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Moises Nova (0-7, 5.76 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 42 K, 29 BB)

Notes: Moises Nova had really been much better of late for Billings prior to his last start, as he had worked into the fifth inning in three of four starts. In those starts, he has allowed six hits and six runs, while striking out 12. However, on August 12, Nova retired just one batter and allowed three hits and three runs. Walks have been the main issue for Nova, who has allowed 29 free passes in his last 41.1 innings of work. However, in his last start, Nova did not walk a batter in four innings of work, while striking out six.

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