It’s the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame induction weekend. Ken Griffey Jr., Dave Parker, Ron Oester and the late Jake Beckley will be inducted as the newest members of Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. The Reds have activities planned for every day of the series. Find the full list here: Schedule of events for Reds HOF Induction Weekend.

The Cincinnati Reds (59-56) and the Miami Marlins (55-59) play three more games this weekend in Cincinnati after a four game series last weekend. These two teams were tied with 53-54 records before the first game of their last series, but their stories diverge from there. The Reds won 3 out of 4 in each of their series against Miami and Cleveland while the Marlins have only won two of their last seven games.

Jason covered the Marlins last week in his excellent series preview. However, Miami has since been hit with several injuries on their pitching staff. Henderson Alvarez was scratched from his scheduled start last Sunday with a shoulder injury and is still on the DL. Jacob Turner, who filled in for Alvarez last Sunday against the Reds, has been designated for assignment. Jarred Cosart was supposed to start last night against the Pirates, but was scratched from that start with an oblique strain. He’s expected to just miss one start and will not appear this weekend against the Reds. Reliever Dan Jennings was hospitalized after getting hit in the head with a line drive last night and will likely be placed on the DL.

If you cannot attend any of the games in person, all three games will be on Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports Florida in their respective television markets.


FRIDAY, 7:10pm

Nathan Eovaldi 4.22 3.95 1.22 0.7 1.9 6.2
Mike Leake 3.46 3.41 1.24 0.9 1.9 7.0

Eovaldi started the only game that Miami won last weekend, limiting the Reds to one run over seven innings. Last Saturday’s start against Cincinnati was a bit of an outlier for Eovaldi, as it was the best start of his season and ranked as the 4th best GameScore of his career (69 starts.)

SATURDAY, 7:10pm

Brad Penny (career) 4.26 4.27 1.37 0.9 2.9 6.0
Alfredo Simon 3.07 4.07 1.12 1.1 2.3 5.5

This is Henderson Alvarez’s/Jacob Turner’s rotation slot. Alvarez is on the DL and Turner was designated for assignment. The Marlins haven’t named an official starter for Saturday’s game yet, but all signs point to Brad Penny getting activated to be the Marlins 13th different pitcher to make a start this season. Penny was signed to a minor league contract in June and has made seven starts between two minor league affiliates.

Penny didn’t play anywhere last season, and spent the first half of this season as a free agent after getting released by the Kansas City Royals during spring training. The numbers listed above for Penny are his major league career numbers over 1,899 innings.

SUNDAY, 1:10pm

Brad Hand 4.03 4.44 1.42 0.5 3.6 5.6
Johnny Cueto 2.04 3.06 0.91 0.7 2.4 9.0

Brad Hand is the one starter that the Reds missed last weekend. The 24-year-old lefthander will be making his 10th start and 24th appearance of the season. He’s thrown a quality start in each of his last four games and has a 2.28 ERA in those games.

The Reds offense has finally been hitting lately against weaker opponent pitching, and we’re hoping that they continue that trend against the ailing Marlins pitching squad this weekend. You don’t want to give the Marlins any reason to think they are back in this wildcard race, and the Reds have their own short distance to cover in the NL Central division race.