Sims (2-0) earned the win in relief in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Brewers. He tossed two scoreless innings, walking two and fanning two.
Sims extended his streak of scoreless appearances to four and, in fact, he has allowed earned runs just once all season. The right-hander owns an excellent 0.69 ERA in 11 appearances (13 innings) out of the bullpen this season.
Sims threw a shutout inning against the Pirates in Thursday's loss, striking out two. He also picked up a win earlier in the week, prompting manager David Bell to suggest that Sims could end up in higher-leverage situations soon, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
This outing wasn't particularly high-leverage, as the Reds were trailing 9-5 in the ninth. With this inning, Sims now has a 0.96 ERA and 13:4 K:BB over 9.1 innings so far, with the one run he's allowed coming on a homer.
Though the Reds' bullpen has really struggled, Sims has started well, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out five.
Sims hasn't been put into too many high-leverage situations yet, though he did quell a rally by the Cubs on Wednesday after Brooks Raley faced five batters without retiring a batter. With Robert Stephenson injured, Sims has moved one step up the ladder in the Reds bullpen.
The Reds are preparing to use Sims as a piggyback pitcher behind their starters early in the season, similar to their plans for Tyler Mahle, Mark Sheldon on MLB.com reports.
The good news for both Mahle and Sims is that they can go all out in these relief stints without having to worry about going through an opposing order more than two times, which should improve their rate stats.
Sims had a 7.94 ERA over 5.2 innings this spring, giving five earned runs on six hits and two walks.
Sims is battling for one of the last two to three bullpen spots, along with Cody Reed, Joel Kuhnel, Mat Bowman and Justin Shafer. It could be one less spot open if Tyler Mahle stays with the big club as a reliever.
Sims will start Saturday's game against the Pirates.
Sims figures to toss the first inning or two before handing the ball to a bulk reliever, especially considering he hasn't worked more than two frames since July 24 against Milwaukee. He owns a 4.39 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 56 punchouts over 41 innings this season.
Sims covered 1.1 innings in relief Friday in the Reds' 7-5 loss to the Diamondbacks, giving up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three.
Just three days earlier, Sims made a spot start against the Braves after Alex Wood (back) was scratched. Sims tossed only 34 pitches in that outing, so the Reds were comfortable keeping him available out of the bullpen Friday. Wood is without a clear timeline to resume pitching, but with Tyler Mahle having already served as a sixth starter lately, the Reds are expected to simply get by with a traditional five-man rotation rather than calling on Sims for additional starts.
Sims allowed one run on three hits and zero walks over 2.2 innings during Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Reds. He struck out two and didn't factor in the decision.
Sims was pushed into starting duty after Alex Wood was scratched with a back issue, and he performed pretty well by delivering 26 of his 34 pitches for strikes. The 25-year-old has a 4.86 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 46:13 K:BB through 33.1 innings and figures to return to his bullpen role.
Sims will start Tuesday against the Phillies, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Sims will start in place of Alex Wood, who's dealing with a back issue. Sims threw an inning of relief Saturday, so he may not be able to go too deep in Tuesday's contest.
Sims has made four appearances out of the bullpen since his July 24 spot start in Milwaukee, working 6.1 innings and giving up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 12.
Sims' relief numbers have been sullied by him allowing home runs in two of those appearances, but the 25-year-old has otherwise looked dominant when he's been able to keep the ball in the yard. The 52-58 Reds are 5.5 games off the pace for a wild-card spot and could be motivated to use the final two months of the season to experiment with some of the younger options on their 40-man roster. As such, Cincinnati may want to see if Sims can pop in a multi-inning relief role rather than having him get stretched back out as a member of the Triple-A Louisville rotation.
Sims (1-1) took the loss Wednesday as the Reds fell 5-4 to the Brewers, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks over 4.2 innings while striking out five.
While the right-hander was stingy with baserunners, two of the three hits off Sims left the yard. With Alex Wood (back) seemingly close to returning from the IL, Sims and his 5.65 ERA are likely headed back to a long-relief role, or potentially even Triple-A.
Sims will start Wednesday against the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
It's unclear if Sims will be in line for more than one start. Wednesday's previously scheduled starter, Tyler Mahle, landed on the injured list with a left hamstring strain Monday, and the Reds have yet to announce a target date for his return. Sims owns an unremarkable 4.56 ERA in 16 starts for Triple-A Louisville this season but owns a solid 3.72 ERA and an excellent 12:2 K:BB in 9.2 innings for the Reds.
Sims was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
Sims figures to provide bullpen depth for the Reds while David Hernandez (shoulder) is on the mend. The right-hander has worked strictly as a starter this season, so he should offer length out of the bullpen. Prior to earning a promotion, Sims compiled a 4.56 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 102:36 K:BB in 16 starts for Louisville.
The Reds optioned Sims to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
Due to a doubleheader Monday, the Reds required a temporary sixth starter this week, with Sims getting the call from Louisville to fill the void. Though he was charged with four earned runs in his Reds debut Tuesday against the Pirates, Sims was impressive on the whole, working 7.1 innings and allowing only seven baserunners while generating nine strikeouts on 19 swinging strikes. Since the rotation has been a surprising strength for Cincinnati this season, Sims won't be given the chance to stick with the big club, but he's certainly put himself at the top of the list for a promotion the next time a starting pitcher is needed.
Sims (1-0) allowed four earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out nine across 7.1 innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Pirates.
Sims dominated the Pirates early, surrendering only three hits through six scoreless innings of work. He tired down the stretch, allowing three of the first four batters he faced to reach base in the eighth frame, capped off by a grand slam by Kevin Newman. The homer overshadowed what was otherwise a strong outing for Sims, as he generated 19 swinging strikes on 100 total pitches. He's unlikely to earn another immediate start in the majors, but Sims made the most of his chance Tuesday.
Sims will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to start Tuesday's game against the Pirates, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Sims is in line to make his first big-league start of the 2019 season following Monday's doubleheader. The right-hander has posted a 4.06 ERA with 63 punchouts over 44.1 innings this season with the Bats.
With the Reds playing a doubleheader Monday against the Pirates, they could call Sims up for a spot start Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
The Reds haven't decided how to get through Tuesday's game -- it could be Sims, or it could be a bullpen day, as they're using both Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray on Monday. Sims has a 4.06 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 44.1 innings, with 63 strikeouts in that span. He has the advantage of being on the 40-man roster, unlike some of the Reds' alternatives in Double-A, like Tony Santillan.
Sims was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
Sims was fighting with Tyler Mahle to break camp as the Reds' fifth starter, but the right-hander will open the year back in the minors after stumbling to an 8.10 ERA and 1.80 WHIP through 6.2 innings this spring. He'll remain an option to start for the Reds down the line should another opportunity arise.
Sims started against the White Sox on Tuesday night and allowed two runs on three hits, including a homer by Jose Abreu. He also allowed two walks while striking out one.
Sims is competing with Tyler Mahle to be the injury fill-in while Alex Wood is out, but he has an ERA of 8.10 over 6.2 innings. He also has options remaining, so the bullpen is unlikely for him, with teammates Matt Wisler and Robert Stephenson out of options.
Sims gave up three runs on four hits -- including two home runs -- while striking out three in one inning against the Brewers on Sunday.
He was technically the winning pitcher in this one, but it was a poor outing from Sims. The right-hander gave up long balls to Christian Yelich and Manny Pina and also a pair of doubles in his lone frame, raising his Cactus League BAA to .438. It's still early in the spring, but Sims, who has one more minor-league option remaining, is looking like a longshot to break into the Reds' bullpen.
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