To make room for today's starter, Homer Bailey, the Reds optioned Jordan Smith to AAA Louisville. Smith was plagued by some bad luck in his 17 innings this year, with a .382 BABIP contributing in part to his ugly 5.29 ERA. He saved the pen once or twice this year, stopping the bleeding in a few of the games that got away from the starters. A 5.82 K/9 to go along with a 3.18 BB/9 didn't help matters, though he's never had a huge K/9 rate in the majors. His xFIP indicates that he was pitching a full run better than his ERA indicated, but at the moment, there's not really room for him.
I'm sure we'll see Mr. Smith come to
Washington Cincinnati again at some point this season, and with the glut of pitching the Reds have beginning to show its face again, maybe it's time to get Smith his first extended taste of AAA. It'll be interesting to see who gets the call first between Smith and Arredondo if and when the time comes.