Acevedo looks to give the Reds another strong outing as they continue a four-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
Acevedo allowed just two earned runs and three hits in seven innings of Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves, improving to 2-0 in three starts this season.
“You can’t beat three quality starts right now, and that’s what he’s given us,” manager Dave Miley said.
The 26-year-old right-hander has not lost since his last appearance of 2002, a 10-1 defeat to St. Louis on May 19. Since then, he is 4-0 with a 2.91 ERA.
However, things haven’t always gone so smoothly for Acevedo.
He was called up from Double-A in 2001 as the Reds decided to hurry along several of their prospects. However, he went just 5-7 with a 5.44 ERA that season, and spent the next two seasons moving back and forth between the big-league squad and Triple-A Louisville.
“I don’t know where he’s been the last two years,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said after Acevedo’s performance on Tuesday. “He has all the pitches. He was terrific.”
Acevedo has had a tendency in the past to throw too hard after getting into trouble. However, he has avoided doing so recently, and bounced back nicely after allowing a third-inning homer to Marcus Giles Tuesday.
“As a starting pitcher, I feel like each time I pitch, I get better and better,” Acevedo said.
The Reds beat the Pirates 9-7 on Saturday for their third straight victory.
D’Angelo Jimenez snapped a 1-for-29 slump, getting three hits, including a homer, and driving in three runs.