The Cincinnati Reds set their Opening Day rotation and you may see a familiar name listed: Brandon Finnegan. He will start Game 2 of the 2017 season for the Reds against fellow rebuilding team Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 5th.
Finnegan did not have a great spring, having allowed 13 earned runs on 22 hits over 13.1 innings. He also walked nine compared to 13 strikeouts.
Fellow lefty Cody Reed, did not earn a spot in the rotation, but he will find himself in the Reds bullpen to start the season (a spot many thought he was destined for when he was in the Royals organization). The Reds rotation is a mix of young and old, so Reed could force the issue if Opening Day starter Scott Feldman or fifth starter Bronson Arroyo struggle.
Reed had a rough spring in Goodyear, Arizona, except for his 5.2 inning outing against the LA Angels where he allowed just one hit, walked two, and struck out five without allowing a run.
Over in Oakland, two former KC Royals will start the season in the A’s rotation. Lefty Sean Manaea will get the Game 2 start for the A’s on Tuesday, April 4th at home against the LA Angels.
Take away two of his spring starts, Manaea has pitched well. However, he has allowed more hits (23) than innings pitched (19) and has walked ten (though five came in his last start).
Right-hander Andrew Triggs earned the fourth spot in the A’s rotation and should pitch on Thursday, April 6th (a day game against the Angels). Triggs also had two rough starts this spring, his last against the Royals being his worst. He has walked just four compared to 16 strikeouts over 19.2 innings.
Former Royals lefty Mike Montgomery will return to the Chicago Cubs bullpen, at least to start the 2017 season. He was battling for the fifth starter’s spot.
The bullpen is a role that he excelled at in 2016 as a member of the Cubs World Series champion team. He had a bit of a rough spring, only lasting three innings twice. Montgomery did strike out 16 compared to four walks over 12 innings.