Rough series for rotation
Why do I have a feeling that the Reds’ faithful will be vocal and outspoken for change if Aroldis Chapman has a great start on Friday for Louisville?
After a nice first week, it’s been a lousy second week for the current five members of the Reds rotation. The starting five’s ERA was 3.11 when the road trip began on Monday and is now at 5.43 after Aaron Harang was rock-and-rolled for eight runs in four innings and a 10-2 loss.
This is the series that was for the starters:
Cueto — 5 IP, 4 ER (0-0, 4.91 in two starts)
Arroyo — 6 IP, 5 ER (0-0, 3.86 in two starts
Bailey — 5.1 IP, 5 ER (0-1, 6.97 in two starts)
Harang — 4+ IP, 8 ER (0-2, 7.88 in three starts)
“That’s four days in a row I had to go to the bullpen early,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We need some quality innings so we don’t kill those guys.”
The only good news is the Reds got a four-game series split after those starts. The bad news is they won the first two games and could have won the series.
With the Astros win for Bud Norris today, the Reds rotation became the lone group without a victory in the big leagues this season.
For only his second pro/big league start on Friday in Pittsburgh, Mike Leake suddenly is needed to be a stopper of sorts. He will be leaned on more than would normally be liked to go deep and provide some innings.
Do you think Leake can do it?
And will Chapman’s outing, if successful, speed up the clock for a promotion?
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