Predicting the Cincinnati Reds post-trade deadline starting rotation

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The Reds trio of rookies will keep on throwing...for now.

Until they reach their innings limits, look for the trio of Hunter Greene, Graham Ashcraft, and Nick Lodolo to continue to toe the rubber every fifth day for Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell. These three pitchers are the future of the Reds rotation.

The question now becomes, who rises to the top? We've seen tremendous outings from all three pitchers this season. Greene broke into the big leagues throwing 100-plus mph, Lodolo was slowed by injuries but appears to be on the right track, and Ashcraft's talent and passion for the game just ooze through the television screen.

When will these three pitchers reach their limit? Greene is already over 100 innings pitched for the 2022 season. The flamethrower topped out at just over 100 last season while pitching in the minors, so it'll be curious to see how much longer Greene is able to go. He could be shutdown by the end of the month.

Ashcraft has register nearly 75 innings of work in the big leagues and the right-hander complied 32.2 innings at Triple-A this season as well. Ashcraft threw around 110 innings last year, so he's closing in on his last few starts as well.

Lodolo on the other hand was sidelined for over two months and is still below 40 innings pitched on the season. He did accumulate about 12 innings-worth of pitches during his rehab starts, and the southpaw threw just over 50 innings of work last season. Lodolo might be able to make it to the end of the year.

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