The Cincinnati Reds are off to a 10-15 start to the 2016 MLB season, after winning 5 of their first 6 games. Expectations were low, after trading Aroldis Chapman and Todd Frazier, and even lower when they began the season with Homer Bailey and Anthony DeSclafani on the disabled list. They handed the ball to Raisel Iglesias on Opening Day, and he has looked good through five starts, but the Reds were forced to place him on the disabled list with right shoulder impingement, forcing him to miss his second scheduled start of the week. They turned to Tim Adleman today against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and an extra inning win stopped a six game losing streak.
Already this season, Cincinnati has used eight different starting pitchers - including two by Tim Melville.
Brandon Finnegan is their best pitcher at the moment and the 23 year old lefty has seen his ERA climb to 3.86 while allowing 5 home runs in 28 innings pitched with a not so great 23:15 K:BB ratio.
Alfredo Simon is back in a Reds uniform, but his five starts have lasted just 13.1 innings.
The Reds starting staff owns the 7th worst ERA in the MLB and the bullpen is even worse, giving them the third worst ERA in the league.
The Reds do have some nice pitching prospects in Robert Stephenson, who has already made two starts this year, and John Lamb, who is finishing up his rehab assignment after back surgery and Cody Reed who probably will not see the MLB until later this Summer.
Stephenson has pitched 12 innings, allowed two home runs in his MLB debut and is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA, striking out five and walking four. In three MILB starts, Stephenson owns a 1.50 ERA over 18 innings with 20 strikeouts to just seven base on balls.
Lamb just made his third start in the Minors, going 8 innings and striking out five. Last year, he made 10 starts for the Reds, and finished with a 5.80 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over 49.2 innings.