Game preview (9/3/16): Dan Straily looks to bounce back from rare hard-hit outing

Overview: Dan Straily and Jackson Stephens look to bounce after rare poor outings. Ty Boyles will try to continue a late season resurgence.


St. Louis at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Dan Straily (10-7, 3.92 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 126 K, 54 BB)

Notes: After completing his start on Monday, Dan Straily set a new career high in innings in a season with his previous high being the 2013 campaign with Oakland. Straily has gone at least six innings in nine of his last 11 starts, with three of those working into the seventh and one into the eighth. However, Straily will have to do something that he has not much this season…rebound from a tough outing. In his last start, Straily went just 2.2 innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs. In the start, he allowed four home runs. He has allowed 20 long balls in his 151.1 innings the rest of the season.


Charlotte at Louisville, 6:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD


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

Starting pitcher: Jackson Stephens (8-11, 3.41 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 124 K, 40 BB)

Notes: Jackson Stephens had been the model consistency for Pensacola this season, but may be hitting a bit of a wall in his last handful of starts this season. He rebounded nicely from his first sideways start for the first time three starts ago. He has gone at least five innings in 22 of his 25 starts and worked into the seventh in his last four starts prior to that poor start. However, after the recovery, Stephens saw another rough start his last time out. He was not able to make it out of the first inning, allowing three hits, three walks, and four runs. For the season, Stephens has walked just 40 in 154.1 innings of work.


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

Starting pitcher: TBD


Dayton at South Bend, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Ty Boyles (6-8, 4.69 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 94 K, 47 BB)

Notes: Ty Boyles’ has made a nice end of season bounce back to save what could have been a disaster season. His struggles even landed him in the bullpen 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 six starts since. In those starts, he has worked 35 innings, allowing just 26 hits and 11 runs. He also had his first three outings of the season in which he did not allow a run.


Helena at Billings, 8:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Ian Kahaloa (2-2, 2.81 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 40 K, 10 BB)

Notes: Ian Kahaloa will make only his fourth start since August 10 on Saturday night. In August, he has started four times and allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 19 innings. After a strong beginning to July, it appeared that Kahaloa was hitting a bit of a wall and his starts have slowed as a result. In July, he posted a 2.38 ERA in five starts with 21 strikeouts. In his last outing, Kahaloa allowed five hits and three runs over six innings of work for a nice bounce back.

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