Don't read anything into the order in which the Reds' starting rotation candidates make their debuts - this isn't a signal from the Reds, except that they want to see him throw. But he is squarely in the mix for one of the two open spots in the Reds' rotation.
Romano has spent the offseason building his shoulder strength, so as to avoid the type of injury that sidelined him for a month last season, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Romano is competing for the Reds' fifth starter job, assuming that Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Finnegan are healthy enough to assume their spots in the rotation. It'll be a crowded job battle, with the likes of Robert Stephenson, Tyler Mahle and Amir Garrett among others in the mix too.
Romano allowed four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven batters through 5.2 innings to take the loss against Milwaukee on Thursday.
The 23-year-old righty posted a respectable 4.45 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 7.6 K/9 over 16 start this season, and Romano has also flashed nice upside with nine outings where he allowed two runs or fewer. He's made impressive strides over the past two seasons, and with a mid-90s fastball complemented by an improving curveball and changeup, Romano is a promising young hurler for the Reds. He's probably still best viewed as nothing more than a deep sleeper in the majority of fantasy settings entering 2018, though.
Romano (5-7) allowed five runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three across four innings to take the loss Friday against the Red Sox.
Romano was provided a 4-1 lead in the first inning before giving up four runs in the fourth inning, which resulted in him dropping his seventh decision of the season. This was the first time he's allowed more than three earned runs in a start since August 13, and aside from his outing, he's been a solid fantasy option over the last full month. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Brewers.
Romano (5-6) allowed no runs on five hits while striking out six across eight innings to earn the victory Saturday against the Pirates.
Romano was locked up in a scoreless tie until the Pirates came up with a pair of runs in the seventh inning to help him earn his fifth victory of the campaign. He's held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in five of his last six starts to lower his ERA by more than a full run during that span, and he's become a very useful fantasy option. He'll make his next start Friday against the Red Sox.
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