Romano allowed one run on four hits in eight innings Tuesday against the Royals, striking out two and walking one in a no-decision.
Romano's sole run allowed was a home run by Hunter Dozier in the fifth inning. He was otherwise very effective, allowing no other extra-base hits and throwing 68 of 106 pitches for strikes. Romano's last five outings had been rough, as he'd allowed 27 combined runs across 22.2 innings of work, spiking his ERA to 6.23 on the year. Tuesday's performance was an encouraging sign, and he'll take it into his next start against the Tigers at home.
The right-hander's now failed to complete six innings in any of his last five starts, posting a brutal 10.72 ERA, 2.12 WHIP and 22:13 K:BB in 22.2 innings over that stretch. Romano will remain in the rotation for now, as the Reds lack obvious alternatives, but he'll be a risky fantasy play in his next outing Tuesday even in what appears to be a plus road matchup against the Royals.
Romano (3-6) got the win Wednesday, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three over five innings in the 7-4 victory over the Diamondbacks.
It wasn't the sharpest of outings, as Romano allowed two home runs and found himself in an early 4-0 hole, but his teammates picked him up offensively to put him in line for the win. The outing raised his ERA to an even 6.00, but after he walked 10 batters over 10.1 innings in his last two starts, it was encouraging to see the 24-year-old regain command and not issue a free pass for the first time all season. Romano's spot in the rotation appears to be safe for now with Homer Bailey moved to the bullpen. He lines up to take on the Rockies next Wednesday.
Romano (2-6) allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out five over 5.1 innings in a loss to the Rockies on Friday.
It was a predictable result for Romano in Coors Field. He's now given up 18 earned run in his last three starts (12.2 innings), raising his ERA to 5.89 through 55 innings this season. His teammate, Homer Bailey, is one of the few starters in baseball with a worse ERA, but Bailey has another year on his deal and that makes Romano the most likely candidate to lose his rotation spot when Anthony DeSclafani (oblique) is deemed ready to return.
Romano (2-4) allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts over just 2.1 innings in a loss Monday to the Giants.
The wheels finally fell off for Romano on Monday. He carried a 3.83 ERA into Monday's start despite just a 5.5 K/9, but his inability to miss bats finally came around to bite him. Four of the eight hits he allowed were doubles as Giants hitters teed off on Romano. His velocity is impressive, and few starters can match the 94.9 mph he averaged on his fastball Monday night. But major league hitters will mash fastballs if they now they're coming, and Romano simply doesn't have the off-speed stuff to keep hitters off the fastball just yet. He'll get a chance to turn things around Saturday against the Cubs.
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