The Cincinnati Reds have remained quiet on who would start the game for them on Tuesday night for a while. It was a poorly kept secret that the Reds were considering Lucas Sims as early as Thursday when news came out that he wasn’t going to be pitching in his normally scheduled spot on Saturday in the Louisville rotation. Jason Linden reported this over the weekend:

After game 2 of the double header, which the Reds won 8-1, it was announced that it would indeed be Lucas Sims that would be making the start against the Pirates on Tuesday night at 6:40pm.

Lucas Sims has made nine starts for the Louisville Bats this season. The 25-year-old right hander has posted a 4.06 ERA in 44.1 innings. The league as a whole has an ERA of 5.01, so he’s been significantly better than the league at preventing runs. He’s done so by missing tons of bats. He’s struck out 63 batters this season with Louisville. That’s good for a strikeout rate of 33% for the Bats. He has walked 16 batters and given up 6 home runs this season.

Quick Lucas Sims Scouting Report

He’s mostly a 2-pitch guy, using his fastball and curveball an overwhelming majority of the time. He will mix in a change up at times, though. The curveball is easily his best pitch and it can be a plus offering. It’s his go-to, put-away pitch and look for him to lean on it when he’s ahead in the count. His fastball will work anywhere from 91-95 on most days.

Roster moves forthcoming

As noted by David Bell in the interview above, the roster moves that will be made prior to the game are not yet decided. They probably are, but the Reds aren’t ready to say what they are at this point. Lucas Sims is already on the 40-man roster, so he just needs to have a spot cleared for him on the 25-man. There will need to be more than one move made. Thanks to the double header, the current roster has 26 players on it.

21 Responses

  1. matthew hendley

    A different type of pitcher where the FB is not the primary pitch, something to look forward too. A good outing tonight will determine whether or not he is a long term rotation piece, or a bullpen piece or a somewhere else piece.
    Roster Moves are fun. It seems Cody Reeds stint as the 26th man does not interfere with his 10 day requirement in the minors, so he should be eligible to return later this week. Quite possible Sims and Reed flip spots after his start.
    The second player that will have to go down? There is a laundry list of players who have earned it one way or another, but I bet it will probably be Matt Bowman, (who has not deserved it that loses out here. Time will tell.

    • CP

      I was thinking the exact same thing about Reed swapping with Sims after his start today. Bowman and Reed both pitched multiple innings yesterday to help cover the double header, so it makes sense they would both be out today anyways and both are at the bottom of the bullpen right now. But after today Sims will be headed back down, and they call Reed back up after a days rest to be ready to step back into the bullpen.

      I hope Sims shows something. The depth behind the rotation we have and then Alex Wood is uncertain at best. Santillian has continued to break out like I think we all hoped, so Sims is getting his shot here.

  2. Roger Garrett

    Good to see Sims get a start.Bowman and Reed covered 3 innings last night while it was in first a 6-1 then 8-1 game they got it done without much noise from the Bucs.Both have better stuff and are younger then some of the other guys in the pen but they will probably both be sent down.Reds offense though asleep for a few innings the last 6 games is coming around.I hope Winker gets rid of that platoon tag after his 3rd straight multi hit game but its doubtful as long as the Reds insist Peraza tries to get out of his season long slump in the majors

  3. matthew hendley

    Any update on the roster move?

  4. Jim t

    Hopefully Sims can do something no one on the staff has been able to do. Get us to 3 games under 500.

  5. jreis

    I don’t trust Sims at all. wish we would have kept Duvall.

    • Jon

      Seriously? Duvall hit poorly last season for the Reds and was even worse after getting traded to the Braves. He isn’t even on a major league roster this year. Whose spot would he take on the Reds’ roster currently?

      • Jon

        As a side note, Duvall was the second, throw-in piece in the Leake trade in addition to Mella.

  6. Big Will

    How I wish they would send down Peraza and bring up one of the kids hitting well down on the farm.

    • Hanawi

      They already have one of them up on the team. And still couldn’t get him a start during a double header

    • Jon

      Peraza is quickly becoming another Drew Stubbs/Billy Hamilton. Young players that had massive potential if only they could get on base consistently. Unfortunately, the Reds stuck with Stubbs for almost four years and Hamilton over five. Peraza has now been with the Reds for parts of four seasons. It will be interesting to see whether he is offered a new contract this winter if he doesn’t show significant signs of improvement the remainder of the 2019 season. With him being arbitration-eligible, his salary will only rise. Signing Gennett and Iglesias to three or four-year extensions may be a better investment.

  7. Roger Garrett

    Sims and the Reds get it done today.Move to 3 under and never look back.You heard it first.

    • Gonzo Reds

      Let’s break that 0-9 streak at not getting to 3 under!

      And lets get Jose a 2 year team friendly deal to sew up the SS position.

  8. matthew hendley

    Taking forever to get that lineup out though.

  9. Old-school

    It’s out. Votto has tight hamstring.
    Dietrich at 1b again.

  10. Shchi Cossack

    I’m anxious to see Lucas Sims on the mound tonight. I’m not sold on the idea that Sims will automatically be tabbed for the Louisville shuttle after the game. The starting pitcher for tomorrow afternoon’s game has not been announced, but DeSclafani is on schedule for a regular start tomorrow and no other starter would be pitching on 4 days rest between starts. Friday is a scheduled off day.

    If Sims tanks in his effort today, there little doubt he’s headed back to AAA, but if Sims steps up with a solid performance, the bullpen will be rested and available for tomorrow’s game. If that happens, why not keep Sims on the 25-man roster for an additional day. If DeSclafani tanks another outing tomorrow, he needs to be shipped to AAA, allowing Sims to get a shot at sticking in the starting rotation until Wood comes of the IL.

    And for gosh sakes, get Stephenson some serious work out of the bullpen and stretch him out.

    Today’s Lineup v. RHP:
    1. Nick Senzel (R) CF
    2. Jesse Winker (L) LF
    3. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
    4. Derek Dietrich (L) 1B
    5. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
    6. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
    7. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
    8. Jose Peraza (R) 2B
    9. Lucas Sims (R) P

  11. Matt WI

    Votto out again? Drat. Couple of multi-hit games and now this? I get resting him in the DH, but was hoping he’d get back today.

    • Matt WI

      Aha. I see a fussy hamstring is keeping Votto out on the game thread pre-cap.

  12. Roger Garrett

    Peraza still getting those at bats over Farmer and VanMeter.Truly amazing and predictable.We still win despite Peraza in and Joey out.Gulp! Billy must have sold what he had on this front office to Peraza before he left.Gulp! Gulp!

  13. Shchi Cossack

    Votto and Winker are verging on league average performances…

    Winker: .244 AVG (.002 below NL ave.), .321 OBP (.001 above NL ave.)
    Votto: .242 AVG (.004 below NL ave.), .340 OBP (.020 above NL ave.)

  14. Scott Benhase

    I just checked the Pirates career batting stats against Sims. Based on those alone, statistically speaking, Sims will pitch a no-hitter tonight. Ain’t statistics fun?