Previewing the pitching matchups: Reds vs. Padres
Reiver Sanmartin (0-2 7.11 ERA) takes the mound in tonight's open opposing Joe Musgrove (2-0 1.89 ERA) of the Padres. The Cincinnati left-hander is looking to bounce back after being knocked around by the Friars last week.
Tossing 5.1 innings, Sanmartin allowed five runs on eight hits including a long ball to Manny Machado. To say the Colombia native needs a strong start is a huge understatement. The rookie has allowed 10 runs on 12 hits with six walks in only eight frames in his first two starting assignments of the 2022 season.
We've already mentioned how good Joe Musgrove has been this season and the Redlegs saw that first-hand last week as he worked 6.1 innings of one-run baseball while fanning seven Cincinnati hitters. Interestingly, the San Diego right-hander has dominated Tyler Naquin. The Reds' left-handed-hitting right fielder is hitless in nine at-bats with four punch outs against the Padres' starter.
Speaking of Reds' hurlers in desperate need of a good start, you can add Vladimir Gutierrez (0-3 5.54 ERA) to the list. He'll get the start Wednesday night while rookie MacKenzie Gore (1-0 1.74 ERA) toes the rubber for the visitors.
Gutierrez has failed to complete five innings in each of his last six starts dating back to last year. In those six outings, he's tossed just 22.2 frames allowing 30 hits, 21 runs, and issuing 17 free passes. Let's be honest, those are not numbers that keep you on a major league roster.
Southpaw MacKenzie Gore was spectacular versus the Reds last week. Completing five innings of shutout baseball, the 23-year-old whiffed seven Cincinnati hitters. Infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Aristides Aquino each went down on strikes multiple times against the North Carolina native.
Thursday's matinee series finale will feature Tyler Mahle (1-2 6.88 ERA) while Nick Martinez (0-2 4.30 ERA) gets the call for Bob Melvin's club. It's been a brutal stretch for the Reds' Opening Day starter.
In his last three starts, Mahle has worked just a dozen frames and allowed 13 runs. To compound matters, the California native has issued seven free passes. On the positive side, the 27-year-old right-hander hasn't allowed a gopher ball in his last six starts dating back to the 2021 campaign.
Right-hander Nick Martinez will be making his first career start versus Cincinnati. The 31-year-old Floridian is pitching in the major leagues for the first time since 2017 following a four-year stint pitching in Japan.