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Brandon Finnegan | Starting Pitcher | #29

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: TCU
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (17) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Brandon Finnegan managed to touch the seventh inning in Sunday's loss to the Brewers, surrendering four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 frames.
Finnegan struggled with his control at times and walked four on the afternoon. The Brewers dinged him for a run in the first inning, two in the third and one in the fifth. Through 11 starts (63 innings), the 23-year-old southpaw holds a 4.14 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 44/31 K/BB ratio. A home start against the Nationals shows next on his schedule. May 29 - 5:55 PM

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Brandon Finnegan went the distance in Monday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing one run in eight innings.

At least the Reds won't go the whole year without a complete game now. They had two last year, both from guys who were later traded (Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake). Finnegan was really effective tonight, but he struck out just two and walked four. He can't be owned in mixed leagues right now.
May 24 - 12:44 AM

Brandon Finnegan allowed four runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking none, in Wednesday’s extra-inning loss to the Indians.

It was nice to see Finnegan fan six on Wednesday because he had only struck out nine batters in his previous 15 innings and hadn’t struck out more than five in a game since his debut on April 6. The lefty hasn’t been able to quiet the fears that he’s a long-term reliever. He has walked too many and has proven too home-run prone; however, the 23-year-old southpaw has a decent swinging-strike rate that could translate to more strikeouts as the year progresses. He has a 4.44 ERA on the year and is next scheduled to face the Dodgers in a tough road match-up.
May 18 - 11:37 PM

Brandon Finnegan struggled with his control in Friday’s loss to the Phillies, giving up three runs on four hits and five walks.

Finnegan threw just 43 out of 85 pitches for strikes. All three runs scored in the fourth inning, which was set up by a pair of walks. He now has a 6.39 ERA over his last five starts and has walked 23 batters in 43 innings overall. He’ll need to make some progress with his control to have appeal in mixed fantasy leagues. There’s still work to do here.
May 13 - 10:36 PM

Brandon Finnegan yielded three home runs over five-plus innings in Saturday's no-decision against the Brewers.

Finnegan wasn't fooling anybody and struck out just one on the evening. He actually held the Brewers off the scoreboard until the fourth inning. Ryan Braun put an end to all of that, clocking a solo home run to center. Two innings later, Finnegan surrendered a leadoff homer to Jonathan Lucroy. Following a Brandon Phillips error, he then allowed yet another dinger, this one a two-run shot by Aaron Hill. That spelled the end of the 23-year-old southpaw's night. For the season, he has pitched to a 4.15 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 28/18 K/BB ratio across seven starts (39 innings). He will put those numbers on the line in a road start against the Phillies next time he takes the mound.
May 7 - 11:18 PM

Brandon Finnegan yielded three runs over six innings in Monday's loss to the Giants.

Finnegan was in line for his second victory of the season when he exited, but the Reds bullpen yielded six runs over the next two innings after he left. The southpaw issued three walks on the night and has walked 18 over 34 frames on the year. However, Finnegan also has 27 strikeouts and just 26 hits allowed. He tweaked his hamstring during Monday's start, but is hopeful of making his next turn against the Brewers.
May 2 - 11:08 PM

Brandon Finnegan pitched well for most of the night Tuesday against the Mets but finished it having allowed three runs over 6 1/3 frames.

Finnegan was in control for most of the night, but things fell apart in the seventh. After striking out Wilmer Flores, Finnegan issued a walk to Juan Lagares and then a single to Kevin Plawecki. Rather than go to his bullpen, Bryan Price left Finnegan in to face pinch-hitter Yoenis Cespedes and lined the first pitch he saw over the left field wall. It was kind of reminiscent to Finnegan's outing versus the Cubs where he flirted with a no-hitter, lost it, was left in too long and ultimately wound up with a worse line than he deserved. Finnegan will take a 3.86 ERA into a start against the Giants.
Apr 26 - 10:36 PM

Brandon Finnegan wasn't long for Thursday's game, allowing seven hits and five runs over four innings in a loss to the Cubs.

Finnegan's walks weren't an issue like they'd been in previous games, although he still issued two free passes. More damaging was the long ball, as the southpaw served up two home runs among his seven hits allowed. Of course, his counterpart, Jake Arrieta, threw a no-hitter in the game, so there isn't much Finnegan could have done to avoid his fate -- a bit of poetry after it was Finnegan who threatened to no-hit the Cubs last week. The loss was his first of the season, dropping him to 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA in four starts. He'll next meet up with the Mets in New York on Tuesday.
Apr 21 - 10:11 PM

Brandon Finnegan allowed four runs, all unearned, over five innings in Saturday's win over the Cardinals.

A misread on a ball by center fielder Scott Schebler preceded an RBI single followed by a Stephen Piscotty three-run homer, but Finnegan was otherwise fairly stingy. He did walk four, an ongoing issue for the left-hander, while striking out two. The win was his first of the year, lowering his ERA to 2.04 through three starts. He'll take on the Cubs, the team he nearly no-hit earlier this week, on Thursday.
Apr 16 - 6:11 PM

Brandon Finnegan allowed just one hit in 6 2/3 innings Monday against the Cubs, but he walked five and was charged with two earned runs.

Finnegan had a no-hitter going until there were two outs in the seventh. He then allowed a single to David Ross and walked Matt Szczur, leading to his removal after 111 pitches. Both runners came around to score off Caleb Cotham and Tony Cingrani. In 12 2/3 innings to date, Finnegan has allowed just four hits and struck out 14. Still, his control is a real problem and we wouldn't go picking him up in mixed leagues just yet.
Apr 11 - 11:44 PM

Brandon Finnegan pitched well in his season debut, allowing two runs over six innings and striking out nine against the Phillies.

Finnegan walked just one, and he got seven outs on the ground. We wouldn't expect him to be so strong against a quality offense, but this is still pretty encouraging, especially after he finished the spring with a 10.05 ERA.
Apr 6 - 9:56 PM

Brandon Finnegan gave up six more earned runs in 3 1/3 innings Saturday against the White Sox, raising his spring ERA to 10.05.

A rotation spot has been Finnegan's to lose, but he might just be throwing it away by giving up six runs in back-to-back outings. Maybe he'll be better once he gets out of Arizona, but we wouldn't want to count on him being of much use in NL-only leagues early on.
Mar 27 - 12:42 AM

Brandon Finnegan was shelled for six earned runs over just one inning Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Diamondbacks.

Finnegan gave up five hits in that opening frame, including doubles to Tuffy Gosewich and Yasmany Tomas and two-run a homer to Phil Gosselin. Finnegan threw in a wild pitch to boot. The young left-hander is trying to earn a spot in the Reds' starting rotation this spring. It's a good thing for him that the competition isn't very fierce.
Mar 20 - 7:18 PM

Brandon Finnegan yielded two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in the Reds' win over the Royals.

He had some trouble getting through the first inning but settled in nicely from there, striking out four batters and issuing zero walks in an outing that ran into the top of the fifth inning. Finnegan, a former first-round pick of the Royals, will deserve attention in deeper fantasy leagues if he cracks the Reds' starting rotation.
Mar 15 - 6:55 PM

Brandon Finnegan pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed two runs Thursday against the Rockies.

Finnegan surrendered five hits (including a solo homer to Nolan Arenado) while walking one and striking out a pair. After coming over from the Royals in the Johnny Cueto deal last July, the 2014 first-rounder posted a 4.18 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings down the stretch. His control was an issue in the majors and the minors last season, but he’ll be worth the gamble in deeper fantasy leagues if he secures a rotation spot.
Mar 10 - 7:21 PM

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C1Tucker Barnhart
2Ramon Cabrera
3Kyle Skipworth
4Devin Mesoraco
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3B1Eugenio Suarez
2Jordan Pacheco
LF1Adam Duvall
2Juan Duran
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Tyler Holt
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
S1Homer Bailey
2Anthony DeSclafani
3Raisel Iglesias
4John Lamb
5Alfredo Simon
6Brandon Finnegan
7Dan Straily
8Jon Moscot
9Tim Adleman
Relief Pitcher
R1Tony Cingrani
2Caleb Cotham
3Blake Wood
4Ross Ohlendorf
5J.C. Ramirez
6Dayan Diaz
7A.J. Morris
8Josh Smith
9Michael Lorenzen