Over roughly the last half of the 2019 season, you could make the case that Anthony DeSclafani was the second best pitcher on a Cincinnati Reds pitching staff that was, and still is, quite stacked. He was the owner of a 3.23 ERA over his final 16 starts (92.0 IP), the 18th best of the 60 MLB pitchers with a qualified amount of IP in that span. That bested Marcus Stroman, Zach Wheeler, Lance Lynn, and Aaron Nola, among many others, and that when Disco is on his game, he’s as good as any pitcher the Reds can boast.
Disco enters 2020 in a contract year, too, and will be out to prove that the way he finished 2019 is who he really is when 100%, and that should prove fruitful for a Reds staff that boasts him alongside a few of his better-known peers.
On Monday, the Reds will turn to Disco for some Cactus League action against one of the few other clubs that actually splashed cash this winter: the Chicago White Sox. They locked up several of their young stars while also bringing in Reds target Yasmani Grandal, and look poised to - like the Reds - buck their years of losing/rebuilding and get back in the swing of winning baseball again in 2020. So, today should be a pretty fun test for all parties involved, especially since it’ll be televised via MLB.com and MLB dot TV.
Nick Senzel is still DHing, but is in today’s lineup. Jonathan India gets a start, too, which is a good thing since he was dinged up a bit in a collision yesterday.
First pitch is set for 4:05 PM ET. Reds lineup and travel roster are listed below, thanks to The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans.