During his first month with the Reds, this pitcher has put up fantastic numbers

Cincinnati Reds reliever Ian Gibaut
Cincinnati Reds reliever Ian Gibaut / Eric Espada/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Reds bullpen has been, in a word, disastrous. The Reds relief corps ranks dead-last in the National League with an ERA of 5.08.

That's going to happen when your closer (Hunter Strickland) is carrying an ERA of 5.63 and your best reliever (Alexis Diaz) is a rookie. The Reds have not made a serious investment in their bullpen for quite some time.

But, the addition of Ian Giabut seems to be paying off quite nicely. Gibaut was a waiver claim back in early-July after he was let go from the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster after having never even thrown a single pitch.

Reliever Ian Gibaut has pitched well during his 1st month with the Reds.

Ian Gibaut has seen his fair share of major league venues. The 28-year-old has been part of the Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Guardians, and the Minnesota Twins. Before this season, Gibaut owned a 5.40 ERA and 1.530 WHIP.

Gibaut was claimed off waivers on July 5th and made his first appearance in a Cincinnati Reds uniform on July 9th versus the team that originally drafted him; the Tampa Bay Rays. Gibaut struggled in his initial outing, allowing two runs on three hits while walking two batters and striking out none.

But Gibaut's next outing in the Bronx was much more productive. In one inning of work agains the New York Yankees, the Texas native allowed just one hit, but struck out two of the three batters he faced.

Since Gibaut's subpar performance against the Rays, he has posted a K/9 of 18.00 with 20 strikeouts in 10 innings. That's a strikeout-rate of 47.6%. According to FanGraphs, Gibaut's FIP over those 10 innings is 1.61and he's allowed just one home run.

This is eerily similar to the performance that Reds fans saw from Art Warren late last season. Warren, who's currently on the IL with an elbow injury, owned the opposition at the tail end of the 2021 season. The right-hander posted a 17.55 K/9 and 0.17 FIP during the month of September.

It's safe to say that Ian Gibaut's performance over the final two months of the 2022 season will go a long way toward him securing a spot on the Cincinnati Reds roster heading into the offseason. The Reds have a lot to think about in terms of roster construction this winter, so Gibaut needs to keep pumping out strikes if he hopes to remain in Cincinnati.

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