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Nick Lodolo Remains A Bright Spot For The Reds

Nick Lodolo #40 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies during game one of a doubleheader at Great American Ball Park on September 04, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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The 2022 season has been a forgettable one for the Cincinnati Reds.

They are 56-86, 30 games below the .500 mark and with no hope of making the playoffs.

They have, however, given their young players a platform to show their talent and audition for a long-term role in the club.

One of those young players is Nick Lodolo.

The young left-handed pitcher keeps showing why the Reds had to make him a top-ten pick in the 2019 MLB Draft in order to get his services.

“Nick Lodolo is the first Red and fourth LHP in MLB since 1901 with 11+ strikeouts and 0 walks in consecutive starts. (h/t @jluckhaupt),” the team tweeted on Wednesday afternoon after his start.

 

Lodolo Has Turned It Up During The Second Half For The Reds

Lodolo gave up three runs while striking out 11 over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The most impressive part of his outing is that his stuff generated a whopping 16 swings and misses.

Having two consecutive outings with no walks and 11 strikeouts is quite impressive, particularly for a rookie.

Specialists say that a pitcher’s BB/K ratio is perhaps the best indicator of future success.

If a hurler is capable of limiting self-inflicted damage via walks and get out of jams with lots of strikeouts, he will be well positioned to have a nice career.

Since the second half started, the first-year southpaw has a 2.95 ERA and 75/18 K/BB ratio over 61 innings.

The Boston Red Sox are next on the calendar for him, as he tries to improve over his already impressive 3.78 ERA.

Lodolo is a big part of the Reds’ future in the rotation, and he has shown in 81 innings that he belongs.




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