Reds hurler Anthony DeSclafani got a late start to the season, making his 2016 debut on June 10 after missing the first two-plus months of the season dealing with an oblique strain. That day, he rejoined a Reds team that was 22-38, firmly in fifth place in the NL Central and 20 games out of first place.
It’s easy to see why DeSclafani has flown under the radar. In 12 starts since returning from his injury, the right-hander is 6-1 with a 3.11 ERA and a 63/18 K/BB ratio over 72 1/3 innings. The Reds’ rotation overall — DeSclafani included — has a 5.06 ERA, the second-worst mark in the league behind the Diamondbacks. The rotation has yielded 113 home runs, by far the most in the league. Without DeSclafani, just how bad would those numbers be?
Desclafani was originally picked by the Blue Jays in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. In the offseason heading into the 2013 season, the Jays sent him to the Marlins in the massive Jose Reyes/Mark Buehrle/Josh Johnson/etc. trade. And in the offseason heading into the 2015 season, the Marlins traded him to the Reds for Mat Latos. He’ll face those very same Marlins in a 7:10 PM EDT home start on Tuesday night, opposing Jose Urena.
The rest of Tuesday’s action…
Oakland Athletics (Andrew Triggs) @ Texas Rangers (Lucas Harrell), 8:05 PM EDT
Seattle Mariners (Ariel Miranda) @ Los Angeles Angels (Jhoulys Chacin), 10:05 PM EDT