After almost a full month of so-so outings, Matt Harvey turned in a solid, quality start for the Cincinnati Reds his last time out, firing 6 innings of 2 ER ball in a win over the Chicago Cubs, fanning 6 against a lone walk. On Tuesday, he’ll look to replicate that as the Reds take on the Atlanta Braves while looking to regain their winning for after Monday’s loss ended their 7-game win streak.
The Braves will counter with veteran righty Anibal Sanchez, who has turned back the clock in 8 games with Atlanta after three straight years of awful pitching. He owns a 2.55 ERA in 42.1 IP with Atlanta this year, though that’s directly on the heels of 415.2 IP of 5.67 ERA ball from 2015-2017 with the Detroit Tigers, a stretch that was bad enough to not only cause the Tigers to let him walk in free agency, but also for the Minnesota Twins to sign him and release him just three weeks later in this most recent spring training.
Despite his lengthy career, the current Reds roster only has 19 career PA combined against him, and are only 2 for 18 against him in total. One of those hits was a dinger, though that came courtesy of backup catcher Curt Casali, who isn’t in the starting lineup today.
First pitch is again set for 7:35 PM ET.