Mychal Givens is in a position to help the Cincinnati Reds make a postseason run. The Reds acquired Givens in a trade with the Colorado Rockies on July 28th.
Givens wasted no time making an impact for the Reds. His first appearance with his new team was on July 29th against the Chicago Cubs.
🚨 OFFICIAL! 🚨
The #Reds have acquired RHP Mychal Givens from Colorado in exchange for minor league RHPs Noah Davis and Case Williams. LHP Josh Osich has been designated for assignment.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 28, 2021
He came out of the bullpen, throwing one inning and striking out all three batters he faced to help the Reds come out with a 7-4 victory.
Reds manager David Bell was impressed with Givens in his first outing with the team.
“Can’t get much better than that for any inning, you strike out the side,” he said. “It’s a different look. He’s had a lot of success pitching in those situations, so to go to a new team and be able to have a first outing like that, I think that’s really important to him.”
The next day he made another appearance out of the bullpen against the New York Mets.
Givens put together another impressive inning as he struck out one and gave up one hit.
So far, Givens has come in and made his presence known on the field.
It must be fate.
— Mychal Givens (@MychalGivens) July 29, 2021
When Givens found out he was traded to Cincinnati, it was something he was looking forward to.
“Getting traded to the Reds, I was pretty excited,” Givens told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I know a lot of the boys on this team and kind of grew up with most of them. I’m excited to make this playoff push.”
Givens possesses a high level fastball ranging in the mid-90s and a potent slider and changeup.
Mychal Givens strikes out the side in his first inning as a Red! pic.twitter.com/vnWl6GrOde
— And This Blog Belongs To The Reds (@ATBBTTR) July 29, 2021
He’s been effective all season and he’s one pitcher you want in your bullpen.
Our MLBbro had a 2.73 ERA this season during his time with the Rockies and he only allowed one run when he pitched away from Coors Field.
No matter what team he is on, Givens always puts in work on the mound. He’s a legit force in relief.
“I don’t treat (anything) differently,” he said. “I still go out there and perform and try to win ball games. Regardless of place in the standings with the Rockies, we were really competitive.”
“To have that feeling to be able to compete for another playoff like my rookie year is really exciting,” Givens said. “Really excited with the ball team. Really excited with the whole organization. I’m ready to go compete and win a World Series.”
This is an important time in the season for teams competing for a playoff push.
Let’s just say that Givens is ready to help make an impact for the Reds and they made a good move acquiring the right-handed pitcher.
Through 33 games this season he has an ERA of 2.56 with a 3-2 record and 38 strikeouts.
In his last five appearances, he has not given up an earned run and he now holds the second-lowest ERA of any reliever on the Reds roster.
Givens is one MLBbro you need to keep an eye on during this second half of the season because he’s going to be an important piece to the Reds pitching staff.