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:
Saw Sims getting work in the bullpen today. Threw to some batters even. Asked pitching coach Jeff Fassero. He was “not at liberty to say.” The Reds need a starter for Tuesday, remember.
— Jason Linden (@JasonLinden) May 25, 2019
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.