Smith the latest Reds rookie starter
When Josh Smith takes the ball to start for the Reds on Tuesday night, he will be the fifth rookie to start a game for them this season. In 69 games, including Tuesday vs. the Pirates, a rookie has started for Cincinnati 31 times.
In other words, that’s a ton.
“You know what? This is our team,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It’s a way better situation than last year in the sense we have a lot more pitchers that are ready to come up and contribute, especially in the starting rotation and pitch impactful innings. We’ve been very happy with what we’ve gotten out of our young guys. It’s going to be a challenge and go out there and expect these guys to pitch like veterans. They’re going to learn along the way. They’re going to take some lumps periodically but I’ve been extremely pleased with the way our guys go about their business and the development of DeScalfani, Lorenzen has thrown the ball extremely well. Now we’re going to see Josh. We’re going to see Iglesias when he gets back as well. In a lot of ways, it’s fun because it is what I anticipate we’ll be seeing here in the future as far as our starting rotation goes. We’ve got another wave of guys coming that are in Pensacola and Daytona. It won’t be long before we see a lot of these fresh faces here pitching for our club.”
This doesn’t appear to be a one-time spot start for Smith, who was called up when Johnny Cueto was pushed back. A fifth starter was also missing since Jon Moscot was injured in Detroit.
Why was Smith the one chosen for the promotion?
“Josh was pitching as well as anybody,” Price said. “He has an ERA of just over 3.00 for the season. He’s walked only 13 hitters in over 70 innings. He’s earned this opportunity. We had him up for a day or two before and didn’t get him into a game. Now, he’s in our rotation. Until we get 100 percent healthy, I imagine he’ll remain in our rotation.”