MLB Power Rankings: Which pitching rotation is the best in baseball?

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LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 12: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds third base after hitting a solo homerun against pitcher Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on May 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /

30. Cincinnati Reds

When you have Homer Bailey as your top starter, you know your teams in trouble. That’s not to say Bailey has ever been a truly bad option, but he’s certainly never been the best.

This season, Bailey is the owner of a 6.68 ERA and 15 home run’s allowed through 12 starts.

Behind him, things haven’t been much better. The teams No. 3 option, Sal Romano, has walked 29 batters in 60 innings of work.

Tyler Mahle has struck out 56 batters in 58.2 innings, but has given up 13 home run’s in that timeframe. His 4.76 ERA isn’t too terrible, though he’s allowed 3+ earned runs in eight of his 11 starts.

Perhaps most interestingly, the team added Matt Harvey. The controversial starter has four starts under his belt for his new team, but he’s done alright (4 GS, 8 ER, 16 K).

The Reds’ are obviously hoping that Harvey takes his fresh start with the team and takes off with it. If the early indications mean anything, they’re certainly good signs.

Luis Castillo is behind Bailey in the No. 2 spot where he’s done, well, pretty bad. His 5.49 ERA is bloated as a result of some rough outings at the start of the year. However, in his last six starts, he’s allowed 13 runs.

As a whole, opponents are hitting .285 off Reds’ starters. Castillo and Harvey are signs of potential rewards on the horizon.