Overview: Tim Adleman has seen no shortage of contact or base runners over his last three starts and looks for a bounce back. Sal Romano looks to continue his tear in the second half.
St. Louis at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Tim Adleman (2-2, 3.82 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 24 K, 12 BB)
Notes: Tim Adleman made his return to Cincinnati earlier in the month after an oblique injury ultimately cost him his big league spot prior during the season. In his first three Reds starts in May, Adleman worked 16 innings, allowing six runs. In his first three starts since the return, Adleman certainly did not allow a shortage of base runners, as he allowed five hits in five innings in each and had two walks in the first start. However, he was able to pitch around it all and allowed no runs the first start. The second start, it caught up with him and he allowed five (four earned). In his third, he allowed a pair of home runs over six innings, and seven hits and three runs overall.
Indianapolis at Louisville, 6:05 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Daniel Wright (6-5, 6.13 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 65 K, 25 BB)
Notes: The 2016 season got off to a strong start for Daniel Wright, who even saw time with the Reds earlier in the campaign. However, that has gone south of the past two month. Wright has seen a serious base runner issues, with most of those coming from hard contact. In April, Wright posted a 0.55 ERA in six outings and two starts. However, by June, his ERA had skyrocketed to 10.38 in five appearances. In June to present, Wright has allowed 112 hits in 74 innings of work.
Pensacola at Birmingham, 4:00 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Sal Romano (6-11, 3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 140 K, 33 BB)
Notes: Sal Romano has been hot from July into August. He posted a 2.25 ERA in six starts for Pensacola in July. Then, in August, Romano was just as good. He has posted a 1.83 ERA in six starts and 39.1 innings. Three starts ago, he had his best start of the season and earned a no decision after working eight shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out eight. In his last start, Romano matched that strong start. He worked eight innings, allowing two hits and no runs, while striking out six more.
Brevard County at Daytona, 5:05 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Seth Varner (7-9, 3.90 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 93 K, 27 BB)
Notes: Seth Varner worked into the seventh inning in his last four starts coming into last time out. In those starts, he allowed 27 hits and nine runs in 27.2 innings of work. Last time out, Varner worked six innings, allowing 10 hits and two runs, while striking out seven. Prior to that, Varner worked into the sixth just once in his previous five starts.
Dayton at South Bend, 2:05 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Jesus Reyes (5-5, 2.49 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 63 K, 35 BB)
Notes: Jesus Reyes has more relief appearances than starts this year, but success has vaulted him into the role. Reyes has only nine starts on the season, but he has started his last six appearances. In his last outing, Reyes tossed 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and five runs. In his last five starts, he worked 31.1 innings, allowing just 26 hits and 15 runs (11 earned). However, on August 14, he allowed seven hits and five run. The other starts have been extremely strong.
Helena at Billings, 1:05 p.m. EST
Starting pitcher: Zac Correll (5-0, 2.45 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 46 K, 7 BB)
Notes: Zac Correll will make his third start of the season after spending most of the campaign as a reliever. In his first start, he worked four innings, and allowed two hits and no runs. In his second start, he allowed five hits and two runs in three innings. As a reliever, Correll posted a 2.70 ERA in 15 appearances.