The Cincinnati Reds received a much-needed extra-inning victory over their division rival on Monday night. After three straight losses to the New York Yankees, Nick Senzel's walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning helped Cincinnati snap their losing streak.
But, the Reds may be looking for reinforcements before Tuesday's contest. Ian Gibaut has pitched in three of the past four days, Alexis Diaz threw more than 30 pitches on Monday night, plus Buck Farmer (28), Alex Young (16), and Lucas Sims (17) all logged significant time on Monday night.
The available arms in David Bell's bullpen may consist of Kevin Herget, Silvino Brancho, and Alan Busenitz. Forgive me if I lack confidence in that trio. Are there any relievers down at Triple-A Louisville who should be called up before Tuesday's game?
1. Ryan Nutof could help fortify the Reds exhausted bullpen
It's a bit surprising that Ryan Nutof is still slugging it out in the minor leagues. At 27 years old, Nutof has yet to make his major league debut, though last year's performance certainly had him on the door step.
Nutof spent most of last season at Double-A Chattanooga. According to FanGraphs, Nutof posted an ERA below 3.00 along with a 10.70 K/9 and a strikeout-rate of almost 27.0-percent. The numbers aren't quite there through his first several weeks at Triple-A Louisville.
Nutof owns a 6.05 ERA and 18.3-percent strikeout-rate. More impressive, however, has been the right-hander's ability to induce ground balls. Nearly 57-percent of the balls put in play against Nutof are on the ground. Every Reds fan knows how well that plays at Great American Ball Park.
Unfortunately, when the opposing batters do get the ball in the air, it's not uncommon to see it leave the yard. Ryan Nutof has a 1.40 HR/9 this season compared to the 0.33 HR/9 he posted in 2022 at Double-A. Nutof is an option, but there are probably better pitchers available.