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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
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Brandon Finnegan struck out eight while allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Padres on Saturday.
Finnegan gave up five hits and walked three, and it was his counterpart, Drew Pomeranz, who delivered most of the damage with a solo home run and an RBI single. The loss dropped Finnegan to 3-6 despite a passable 3.83 ERA in 16 starts. He's still walking too many batters but the 23-year-old has flashed some of the promise that made the Reds covet him in the Johnny Cueto deal a year ago. Finnegan will next take on the Nationals on Thursday. Jun 25 - 8:02 PM

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Brandon Finnegan surrendered four earned runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Astros.

Houston pounced for two runs in the second and two more in the fifth, with the Cincinnati offense providing zero support. Finnegan gave up five hits and walked three while falling to 3-5 on the year. He struck out only one. A home start against the Padres is next for the 23-year-old left-hander, who's had a very up and down season so far.
Jun 19 - 5:02 PM

Brandon Finnegan struck out five over six innings of one-run ball in Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the Braves.

Finnegan had his usual control issues, walking three, but he gave up just four hits -- all singles -- while striking out five. The only run the Braves were able to scratch together came on a suicide squeeze by pitcher Julio Teheran. Finnegan has managed a solid 3.61 ERA and 1.31 WHIP despite an underwhelming 58/38 K/BB ratio over 82 1/3 frames. He'll take on the Astros in Houston on Sunday.
Jun 14 - 11:06 PM

Brandon Finnegan pitched well in Thursday's no-decision against the Cardinals, allowing two runs on five hits across seven frames.

Finnegan punched out seven on the evening while walking one. The Cardinals scratched out single runs in each the second and sixth innings, but the southpaw did a nice job limiting their chances to rally. He has shown flashes of brilliance this season, though he has been mired in inconsistency in his first full-season in the starting rotation. He'll head into Tuesday's start against the Braves in Atlanta with a 3.77 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 53/35 K/BB ratio through 76 1/3 innings.
Jun 9 - 10:27 PM

Brandon Finnegan limited the Nationals to one run over 6 1/3 innings on Friday.

The only damage was a solo blast by Jayson Werth in the seventh, but it wasn’t easy. He allowed five hits and walked three batters while notching only two strikeouts. Still, it was good enough for his second win and his first since way back on April 16. The 23-year-old owns a 3.89 ERA through 12 starts, but his control (34 walks in 69 1/3 innings) makes him a risky play in mixed fantasy leagues.
Jun 3 - 10:36 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tucker Barnhart
2Ramon Cabrera
3Devin Mesoraco
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
2Juan Duran
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Tyler Holt
3Jose Peraza
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Homer Bailey
2Anthony DeSclafani
3John Lamb
4Brandon Finnegan
5Dan Straily
6Tim Adleman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Cingrani
2Caleb Cotham
3Blake Wood
4Ross Ohlendorf
5Raisel Iglesias
6Michael Lorenzen
7JJ Hoover
8Josh Smith
9Alfredo Simon