--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
While they may have been eliminated from the postseason, the Louisville Bats have had a couple of developing storylines surrounding the team. Louisville is the only team in their division to post a winning record since the All-Star Break, a few Reds are rehabbing down in Louisville, and a former Bat is raking in the Queen City.
A look at the week ahead
The Louisville Bats are on the road until August 25th. They will finish a series against the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday and Thursday, before heading to the Circle City (Indianapolis) for two games against the Indians. On Sunday, Louisville will return home for a third game against the Tribe at 2:00pm.
Tyler Mahle is making a rehab start in Columbus on Wednesday. He was sent on a rehab assignment on August 16th.
Don’t let the current slide fool you
The Louisville Bats have lost five of their last six games. Despite this, they are two games above .500 since the All-Star break. The 20-18 record is the best in the International League West, and the only above .500 record in the division. Louisville is second in run differential (+6), trailing Toledo. The Mud Hens hold a +18 run differential, but are 18-19 since the break.
Rehabbing on the Farm
Three Reds are currently rehabbing. Mahle, Curt Casali, and Derek Dietrich are all rehabbing.
Mahle is making his second rehab start Wednesday. Casali and Dietrich both went on rehab assignment on August 19th. Casali was in Louisville on August 8th, but was pulled off the rehab assignment on the 11th due to hamstring tightness. All three are in the starting lineup on Wednesday.
Mahle threw 1.1 innings against Rochester on August 16th. He gave up three runs, all earned, on three hits and one walk. Casali recorded a hit last night against Columbus, his first night back. Dietrich went 2 for 4 against Columbus on the 19th, and scored two runs, but went 0 for 4 last night.
Aristides Aquino Rakes
Since being called up on August 1st, Aristides Aquino has made a name for himself. The outfielder has hit .313 with a 1.208 OPS in Cincinnati, and hit 11 home runs in his first 18 games. It set an MLB record.
The MLB rookie also became the first Reds player to hit a long ball in three consecutive innings, in a wild game on August 10th.
He has began to cool off recently. In his last 10, Aquino has hit .194 with nine RBIs. He has not hit a home run since August 17th.
The numbers may increase within the next few games. The Reds finish up a series with San Diego, who has the 16th ERA in the MLB; before traveling to Pittsburgh and Miami, who own worse pitching staffs, according to ERA. Pittsburgh is 26th (5.02), and Miami is 18th (4.66).