Tyler Mahle has pitched well at times. The same could be said for Sal Romano. Luis Castillo has improved since a rough April. Homer Bailey was the Cincinnati Reds’ best starter in the first two weeks. Matt Harvey has provided a ray of hope in two brief starts.
On the whole, though, starting pitching remains the biggest problem for the Reds (16-32), the worst team in the National League. Despite glimpses of promise by the staff, the numbers don’t lie. The group’s 5.60 ERA won’t get the job done. Only six pitchers in the National League have allowed 10 or more home runs, and the Reds have three of them.
Here’s how the current starters rank 30 percent of the way through the season: