Trevor Williams (0-3, 3.52 ERA) vs. Anthony DeSclafani (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds will get a four-game series started on Thursday at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. This series has a sense of normalcy to it. Three-game series have been the norm in this shortened campaign, but a four-game series from Thursday to Sunday feels more like a normal schedule. The three-game series causes me to think of the KBO more than anything.
In any event, I’m just glad that we have major league baseball being played. Fortunately, the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals are the only teams that have had a widespread breakout on their rosters so far. There was some concern that if it happened to other teams as well, this season wouldn’t have been playable.
The Reds were a trendy pick to win the NL Central going into this season, but the Chicago Cubs have made a lot of people believe otherwise. The Cubs have been one of the hottest teams to open the season. It’s possible that the Cubs will be leading the majors at the mid-season mark. They enter Thursday with a record of 12-3, while the Reds are 8-10. Other than the Cubs, no one else has gotten things straight in the division.
A record of 8-10 gets the Reds a tie for second with the Milwaukee Brewers. That just goes to show how brutal the NL Central has been besides the Cubs who are running away with things right now. They currently own a 5.5-game advantage on the Reds and Brewers. The Brewers took a lashing last night at Miller Park, as the Twins scorched the home team by a score of 12-2.
The Reds are coming off a 5-4 loss against the KC Royals last night. They made it interesting with 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning, but the Reds didn’t get any closer than that. The Royals scored a run in five different innings and that was ultimately the difference in the contest. Expect to find Trevor Williams and Anthony DeSclafani on the hill at the Great American Ball Park on Thursday night. Head below for our free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds pick for August 13, 2020.
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The Cincinnati Reds to make sure they beat the teams that they should be defeating. Last night wasn’t that, as the Royals emerged victorious with a 5-4 win. It will be Anthony DeSclafani’s turn in the rotation to have his say on the bump. DeSclafani has been on fire to open the season and appears to have worked hard in the offseason to get into terrific form. He is coming off a season in which a 3.89 ERA and 1.20 WHIP was registered.
So far through 11 innings, DeSclafani has been perfect with an ERA of 0.00 and 0.55 WHIP. Teams are hitting just .135 against DeSclafani, as he’s been mowing down batters at the plate. Trevor Williams hasn’t had the most fun against the Reds in his five-year major league career. The Reds are hitting .289 with a .344 OBP against Williams in 112 at-bats. There are seven members on the Reds that have hit for at least .300 against Williams in their careers.
Overall this season, Williams has been in fine form with an ERA of 3.52 and 1.11 WHIP. He’s fresh off his best performance of the season, which saw Williams allow 3 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings of work versus the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are a good team and he made their offense look weak. That said, Williams has struggled in two outings on the road with a 5.40 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. In 14 road starts in 2019, he posted an ERA of 5.24 and 1.41 WHIP, so at least he’s consistent. I’m confident in the Reds winning here by at least 2 runs. The runline carries some solid value on Thursday night.