Reds vs. Padres: Pitching preview, prediction, and more

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 17: Jonathan India #6 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a two-run home run during the ninth inning. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 17: Jonathan India #6 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a two-run home run during the ninth inning. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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Amir Garrett #50 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts to their 4-1 win.
CINCINNATI, OHIO – JUNE 26: Amir Garrett #50 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts to their 4-1 win. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

The much-maligned Reds bullpen has been excellent of late.

No Tejay Antone. No Lucas Sims. Apparently, it’s no problem for the Cincinnati Reds bullpen. Since returning home from a less than stellar performance in the Twin Cities, the Redlegs relief corps has been mowing down the opposition.

Throwing 14 frames, Cincinnati firemen have allowed just nine hits and only two earned runs over the last five games. Additionally, they’ve issued four walks while punching out 18 opposing hitters. No one will confuse this unit with the Nasty Boys, but they’ve been outstanding this homestand.

Don’t look now, but Art Warren is quickly establishing himself as a valuable member of the Reds bullpen. Making 11 appearances on the season, he’s yielded runs in only two outings and fanned 15 in 9.2 innings. Additionally, he’s allowed just five hits and one round-tripper. That will do, Art.

While we’re at it, go ahead and count on AG. Since June 8th, Garrett has given up just two runs in 11 appearances with two free passes and 12 strikeouts. In addition, he’s notched three saves and been credited with two holds over that timeframe.

Prediction

The Padres have the third-best record in the National League and recently swept a four-game series from the Cincinnati Reds. As San Diego hits the Queen City, Reds’ manager David Bell will throw a couple of rookies against a dangerous Friars lineup.

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On paper, the smart money is on the Padres, but that’s why they play the games. Against all odds, look for the Redlegs to capture two of three as they build momentum for a critical weekend showdown with the Chicago Cubs.