A Reds' rookie pitcher will start for the 100th game this season against the Mets', who are about to lock down the National League Eastern Division title.
The Reds traded three young but more veteran pitchers, leaving inexperienced hurlers to fill the void. With Homer Bailey injured, rookies have been used exclusively since Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake departed to join pennant chases.
There will be tonight's rematch of Steven Matz, who defeated the Reds in his debut on June 28, against Josh Smith. Matz pitched \ 7 2/3 innings in which he allowed two earned runs on five hits. Matz also had three hits against the Smith and the bullpen that followed Smith.
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New York was 79-83 last season, 17 games behind the Washington Nationals.
Matz joined last season's Rookie of the Year, Jacob deGrom and rookie Noah Syndergaard in the Mets; 2015 rotation that included Matt Harvey, who was an All-Star in his rookie season in 2013 before his elbow reconstruction surgery prematurely ended that season and cost him all of the 2014 season.
“Absolutely. In certain ways, we did that in 2010 and 2012 when we saw some of our young pitchers flourish," said Bryan Price when asked about the Mets process.. "They’ve got guys they feel confident in. You saw Tampa Bay do that a few years when they turned it around. If you get good pitching, you have a chance to compete in the division and the postseason.”