The Cincinnati Reds (53-58) will go for a quick two game series sweep against the Los Angeles Angels (56-58) tonight at 7:10 PM. A win tonight would make the Reds 4-0-1 in their last five series. The Reds are 52-50 over their last 102 games.

Starting Pitchers

Anthony DeSclafani has been Mr. Consistent of late. He has gone 5+ innings allowing 3 ER or less in 6 consecutive starts and in 10 of his last 11. This will be the first time in his career pitching against the Angels. Disco has 2.12 ERA in 3 inter-league starts this season and a 3.40 ERA at GABP.

The Reds will face another lefty in Jose Suarez. He is currently the Angels #8 prospect. Suarez has been up and down three times this season between AAA and the big league club. Here is his scouting report from MLB Pipeline:

When the Angels signed Suarez in July 2014, they hoped his advanced feel for pitching would allow him to move through their system fairly quickly. He didn’t fill them with confidence when he first began, struggling a bit to find consistency when he came to the United States in 2015 and again in 2016. He pitched well in his first taste of full-season ball in 2017, but really took a huge leap forward in 2018 when he pitched his way across three levels of the system and spent most of the year in Triple-A at age 20, then made his big league debut in 2019.

Suarez might be under six feet tall and not seem like the most athletic or conditioned pitcher, but he more than handled the increased workload in 2018, topping 100 innings for the first time, and he really knows how to pitch. His low-90s fastball plays up because he commands it so well and has plus life that leads to a lot of groundball outs. His plus changeup has sink also, and he throws it with outstanding deception. His curveball continued to improve and will flash better than average at times.

While he is a strike thrower who is more than happy to get early count outs, he’s also shown his ability to miss bats, even at the highest levels of the system. Just 21, he has the chance to settle in as a mid-rotation starter when all is said and done.

Starting Lineups

Angels Reds
1. David Fletcher (SS)
2. Mike Trout (CF)
3. Brian Goodwin (RF)
4. Justin Upton (LF)
5. Albert Pujols (1B)
6. Matt Thaiss (3B)
7. Luis Rengifo (2B)
8. Max Stassi (C)
9. Jose Suarez (P)
1. Nick Senzel (CF)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Aristides Aquino (RF)
5. Jose Iglesias (SS)
6. Phillip Ervin (LF)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)

News and Notes

The Cincinnati Reds signed Brad Boxberger to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Louisville late this afternoon.