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Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 13,113

Finnegan will try to pitch Reds past Braves

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Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Braves won two out of three against the Mets before the final game of the series became the 26th game to be postponed this season due to inclement weather. Atlanta's offense has scored 111 runs in 20 games, which is the most that the franchise has scored in its first 20 games since 1999 (126 runs).
  2. The Reds enter this series having lost five straight and 13 of 14. Cincinnati has an MLB-worst 3-18 (.143) record this season, and is tied with 14 other teams for the fourth-worst winning percentage through 21 games in MLB history.
  3. Atlanta and Cincinnati split the season series last year, each winning three games. These teams have been relatively evenly split since 2016, with the Reds winning seven out of 13 while being outscored 75-73 over that span.
  4. Sal Romano picked up a win in his only career start against the Braves on August 18 last year. He went 7.0 innings and gave up just one earned run while scattering five hits and two walks to go along with three strikeouts.
  5. In three career starts against the Reds, Mike Foltynewicz is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. Foltynewicz's 1.93 ERA against Cincinnati is his lowest against any opponent (minimum 10 IP) and his career 2.57 ERA in April is his lowest in any month.
  6. Since the beginning of the 2016 season, Joey Votto has a .422/.587/.644 slash line against the Braves. His .587 on-base percentage is the highest of any player versus any team over that span (minimum 60 plate appearances).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/23/2018 thru 4/26/2018

If you don't think the Cincinnati Reds have a lot riding on left-handed starter Brandon Finnegan, consider this.

The last few years, they've dealt away Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips, and all they have to show for it currently is Finnegan.

Right now, he is not showing much at all for the team with the worst record in the majors. No wonder the Reds are hoping he starts turning it around when he faces Atlanta Braves right-hander Matt Wisler on Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.

After beginning the season on the disabled list with a biceps injury, Finnegan is 0-2 with an 11.05 ERA, giving up nine runs on 10 hits and walking eight in 7 1/3 innings. In a 4-2 loss Friday to the St. Louis Cardinals, he threw 33 pitches in the first inning alone en route to allowing four runs on five hits and four walks in only three innings.

"Two horse-bleep outings. There's nothing you can say about that," Finnegan said. "I felt I got ahead of the hitters better (Friday). It just didn't go my way. I'm not making good enough pitches."

That was a sentiment echoed by Jim Riggleman, who served his first game as the Reds interim manager while Finnegan was losing to the Cardinals.

"He's getting closer," Riggleman said. "He's such a good competitor, but he's struggling with his control. He left some balls up. They (the Cardinals) are a good-hitting ballclub and you're not going to get away with those pitches (against them)."

Since coming over to the Reds from the Kansas City Royals in the Cueto trade, Finnegan is 13-16 over four seasons -- only one of which was spent entirely in their rotation. He was 10-11 over 31 starts in 2016 but, due to health issues, is only 1-3 over the last two seasons.

He's 25 and is young enough for a career turnaround, and the Reds are hoping it starts about now.

The Reds won only three of their first 21 games -- one of the eight worse starts in the majors over the last century -- before beating the Braves on Monday and Tuesday. Cincinnati blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning Tuesday before winning 9-7 on Scooter Gennett's two-run homer, his second of the game, in the 12th inning.

Wisler gave the Braves a big lift in his first start after being promoted from the minors, giving up one run on two hits while striking out eight and walking none over seven innings in a 12-4 win Thursday over the New York Mets. As a result, what was supposed to be an emergency start for Wisler -- scheduled starter Anibal Sanchez strained a hamstring the day before -- has turned into a second start, against the Reds.

Once a top prospect, Wisler (1-0, 1.29 ERA) wound up making only one start for Atlanta last season, but he's back in the picture now following his strong outing against the Mets. Until he beat the Mets and right-hander Matt Harvey, Wisler hadn't won a game in the majors since a 6-2 decision over the Washington Nationals on Sept. 18, 2016, when he lasted 5 2/3 innings.

"That's the best I've seen Wisler," Braves manager Brian Snitker said of his most recent start. "He was just on the attack with all of his pitches. He had a really good breaking ball and he was locating his fastball. That was as aggressive as I've seen him."

Wisler is 1-1 over four games and 15 2/3 innings, including two starts, in his career against the Reds. Not many of their batters have a history against him, but Joey Votto is 4-for-6 (.667) with one homer and two RBIs, Scooter Gennett and Billy Hamilton are 2-for-5 (.400) and Tucker Barnhart is 1-for-6 (.167).

Finnegan hasn't faced the Braves since beating them twice in two starts in 2016, lasting 11 innings in which he allowed three runs but struck out 10 and walked four. Freddie Freeman was 1-for-5 against him with a double.

The teams wrap up their four-game series on Thursday. The Reds are getting close to welcoming back third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who has been out since April 9 with a fractured right thumb. He began a rehabilitation assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Louisville, and Riggleman said he doesn't expect him to be there long.

Updated April 25, 2018

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