Reds: Recipe for redemption vs Rockies requires more Tyler Stephenson

DENVER, CO - MAY 13: Tyler Stephenson #37 of the Cincinnati Reds is congratulated by Jonathan India #6 after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning . (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MAY 13: Tyler Stephenson #37 of the Cincinnati Reds is congratulated by Jonathan India #6 after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning . (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Mahle #30 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MAY 30: Tyler Mahle #30 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /

Previewing the pitching matchups: Reds vs. Rockies

Cincinnati will send their 2021 ace Tyler Mahle (5-2 3.32 ERA) to the mound tonight, facing Kyle Freeland (0-1 6.23 ERA) of the Rockies. To put it mildly, Tyler Mahle is rolling. The Reds right-hander has allowed just two runs over his last 17.1 frames, allowing only eight hits and recording 18 punchouts. Let’s hope Mahle’s start resembles his last appearance versus the Rockies.

Tossing seven innings on May 15th in Denver, Tyler Mahle surrendered only two runs without walking a batter. The California native has yet to defeat Colorado in four career starts. Look for the 26-year-old to remedy that tonight.

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Southpaw Kyle Freeland will be making his fourth start of the 2021 season, and it’s been a struggle for the University of Evansville alum. In 13 innings of work, he’s allowed eight bases on balls and 19 hits. Look for Reds manager David Bell to load the lineup with right-handed bats.

Wade Miley (5-4 2.96 ERA) gets the call Saturday afternoon while Rockies manager Bud Black will counter with German Marquez (4-5 3.91 ERA). Much like Friday’s starter Tyler Mahle, Wade Miley has been in a groove as of late.

The left-hander has given up only two runs in his last 15.2 innings while recording 15 strikeouts.  However, unlike Tyler Mahle, WadeMiley is seeking some redemption against the Rockies. Following his no-hitter versus the Cleveland Indians, Miley last just three innings in a May 14th start in Denver, allowing a whopping 11 hits and eight runs in easily his worst performance of the season.

A strong argument can be made German Marquez has been the ace of the Rockies staff this year.  The right-hander leads the rotation in ERA, strikeouts, and innings pitched. This is not news to Cincinnati.  Marquez has won all three of his career starts versus the Reds with an excellent 3.15 ERA.

Since Sonny Gray was placed on the IL following Tuesday’s start against the Brewers, manager David Bell has been playing it close to the vest regarding Sunday’s starter. We should know more this afternoon, but could it be Tejay Antone or perhaps the MLB debut of Tony Santillan. Stay tuned.

What we do know regarding Sunday’s series finale is Antonio Senzatela (2-6 4.62 ER) will be toeing the rubber for the Rockies. The 26-year-old right-hander was lights out earlier this season against the Reds. Hurling seven frames of four-hit one-run ball, the Redlegs are clearly aware of what he’s capable of doing.