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Bauer to make debut for Reds vs. Keuchel, Braves

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Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Reds made it four wins in five games with yesterday's 4-1 victory over the Pirates and now open a four-game set in Atlanta, where they are 2-0-2 in their last four series. Since the All-Star break, Cincinnati leads the NL in batting average (.296) and slugging (.502) and is second in OBP (.356).
  2. Atlanta extended its NL East lead to 6 ½ games with Wednesday's 5-4, 10-inning win over the Nationals to finish 4-2 on a road trip to Philadelphia and Washington, its closest pursuers in the division. The Braves have 64 wins through 109 games -- the franchise has not had more through 109 games since 2003 (72 wins).
  3. Eugenio Suarez's two-run homer in Wednesday's win was his 13th since June 30, tied for the most in the majors (Mike Trout). Suarez's 29 home runs through 106 games are the most by a Reds player through as many team games since Adam Dunn also had 29 in 2008.
  4. Since going 7-2 with a 2.96 ERA in his first 10 starts, Max Fried, Thursday's scheduled starter, is 4-2 with a 5.64 ERA in his past 10 starts. He leads the NL with an 8.01 run-support average (minimum 100 IP) and he received double-digit runs for the third time this season in Saturday's 15-7 win at Philadelphia.
  5. Adam Duvall is 11-for-22 (.500) with four home runs in his first five games this season. His 11 hits through five games are tied for the third-most by any Braves player since 2000 while his four homers and 1.569 OPS rank behind only Justin Upton in 2013 (5 HRs, 1.706 OPS).
  6. Anthony DeSclafani, Thursday's projected starter, is 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA in his past five starts, walking seven and striking out 33. Since June 30, his ERA is the eighth-best in the NL (minimum 25 IP).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/1/2019 thru 8/4/2019

The Cincinnati Reds will get a look at their newest pitching acquisition on Saturday when they send right-hander Trevor Bauer to the mound to oppose the Atlanta Braves.

Bauer (9-8, 3.79 ERA) came over from the Cleveland Indians at the trade deadline as part of a three-team swap. He will be opposed by left-hander Dallas Keuchel (3-4, 3.86) in the third game of the four-game series in Atlanta.

The teams have split the first two games of the series. Cincinnati has won three of the five games between the two clubs.

Bauer is 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA in four starts since the All-Star Game. He has 36 strikeouts and 12 walks in 24 2/3 seasons during that span. In his last start on July 28, Bauer allowed a career-high eight runs, seven earned, in 4 1/3 innings against Kansas City.

Bauer is leading the majors in innings pitched (156 2/3) and ranks fifth in strikeouts (185). The Reds are hopeful that Bauer can bolster a starting rotation that already ranks third in the National League in ERA.

"I'm excited to be here," Bauer said. "I'm excited to get going. It's definitely a fresh start. I like to learn from my past and become a better person, a better teammate."

Bauer will be making his fourth career start against the Braves. He is 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA.

He received a no-decision against Atlanta on April 20 when he allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings with three hits, two walks and 10 strikeouts. The Indians lost that game 8-7 and Bauer complained afterward about the Braves' patient approach at the plate; Bauer threw 120 pitches in the contest.

"I don't know ... didn't seem like they wanted to hit tonight," Bauer said after the game. "Seemed like they were looking to take pitches, foul pitches off. So, I guess it worked out for them."

Atlanta's Freddie Freeman scoffed at the notion, pointing to the 40-degree weather in Cleveland that day.

"If it was 80 degrees, I think a lot of us would have hit some pitches," Freeman said. "It's 40 degrees out. He's a good pitcher and we're going to try to work you. I think we're usually one of the most free-swinging teams there is. I think that comment is just ... he hasn't done his research."

Keuchel will be making his ninth start since signing with the Braves as a free agent in June. He went 2-3 with a 3.52 ERA in six starts in July. In his last appearance on July 29 at Washington, Keuchel suffered a loss when he allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

"Dallas gave us a chance," manager Brian Snitker said. "One inning it seemed like when he missed it was over the middle of the plate. But I have every confidence in the world in him when he goes out there."

Keuchel has made only one career start against Cincinnati. He faced the Reds in 2016 and received no decision when he gave up two runs over seven innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 3, 2019

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