The Cincinnati Reds have been very lucky so far this season. They have used the same five pitchers for every start. Actually, they have been so lucky that they have only had one pitcher (Johnny Cueto) miss a start. That has been the case all season, until this week. MLB Rumors has it that when the Reds and the Chicago Cubs play a double-header on the 18th, the Reds will have to start a sixth pitcher for the season. MLB Rumors is that pitcher will beTodd Redmond.
It is a logical rumor for Redmond to be the 6th starter. He is on the expanded 40 man roster and has been called up from Louisville two times already. However, Redmond has yet to see time on the mound during a game. That should end on Saturday.
The Reds made a move with the Atlanta Braves to pick up Redmond back on July 14th. Redmond had been with the Braves’ AAA team in Gwinnett. He had been called up by the Braves a couple times last season, but didn’t see any time with them.
This season the 6′ 3″, 215 lbs. righthanded Redmond is sporting an 8-9 record with an ERA of 3.54 in 23 games between the two teams. Impressively, he is averaging almost 1 strikeout per inning pitched (134/125). He has allowed 34 walks this season (a little high there); however, since coming over to the Reds he has only walked 6 batters and struck out 29 in 29 innings pitched. So recent history shows that Remond is getting a handle on his control.
The Reds will definitely have to make a move to bring another pitcher up to start one of the double-header games. Clearly Dusty Baker is not going to move any of his starting five up a day to pitch. So it appears that Redmond will finally get his shot, if for just one day.
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