All of Matt Maloney's peripheral stats look respectable, except for one. He has a 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio. He's allowed just 30 hits in 28.2 innings. His command has actually been pretty good for a pitcher his age - just 7 walks. However, there is one big problem. Home runs. He's allowed 8 of them in his 5 starts. In fact, in the one start where he didn't allow a home run, he only gave up 1 run over 5 innings, but he still took the loss mainly because he had to leave with a blister on his pitching hand. That was his last start against the Rockies, which was 9 days ago. Hopefully whatever he learned and implemented in that start will carryover to tonight. The Marlins have a tough offense, but if he can avoid the home runs, a tough task, he might get himself his first big league win.
Then again, he's not likely to get much help from his teammates at the plate. Sure they hit well in the sweep of the Astros last series, but we all know that can end in a heartbeat. Hopefully tonight won't be the night that it stops though. I'd like to see Maloney get one win this season, just for the sake of his confidence. And besides, the Reds have to win 15 of the next 16 to get to a winning record. Does anybody think they can win 15 in a row? I didn't think so. Let's save that loss for another night.