Stephens allowed one run on two hits and two walks across six innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Red Sox. He struck out three.
Stephens limited baserunners to great effect for most of the day, with the only real damage against him coming on a solo home run from Rafael Devers in the fifth inning. He was in line for the win upon his removal after the sixth, but a late collapse from the bullpen prevented that from happening. Stephens was coming off a rough outing earlier in the week, but this solid performance lowered his ERA down to a respectable 3.86. The 23-year-old is pitching for a spot in the 2018 rotation and will look to finish this year strong with Saturday's start against the Cubs.
Stephens gave up five runs on five hits -- including two homers -- and a walk over 3.2 innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
After a strong three-inning relief appearance against these same Redbirds last week, Stephens got shifted into the rotation to start against them, and it didn't go too well. Of course, this is a guy who posted a 4.92 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in Triple-A this season, so it was hard to expect much from him for fantasy purposes in the first place.
It sounds like Stephens' second career big-league start will come Tuesday in the series opener against St. Louis. The 23-year-old right-hander has fared well so far in the big leagues, but his numbers over a larger body of work at Triple-A Louisville leave much to be desired (4.92 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 110:51 K:BB). He works mostly fastball-curveball and profiles as a bullpen arm long term.
Stephens will add more depth out of the bullpen for the Reds during the month of September. He's only appeared in one game for the club this season, giving up three earned runs in five innings against the Cubs on July 1. The right-hander has consistently struggled over the past month and a half for Triple-A Louisville, sporting a 5.56 ERA and giving up multiple runs during every outing since July 14. Although Stephens has the ability to miss bats, he's been hit around by Triple-A batters, and is unlikely to see many high-leverage situations with the big-league team.
The Reds have a road series against the Rockies (i.e., Coors Field) and wanted to have an extra reliever for that series, hence Stephens' demotion Sunday despite his good performance against the Cubs on Saturday.
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