|CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )|
PITTSBURGH ( BURNETT )
|953||CINCINNATI||-105||Ov 7.5,-110||+100||Ov 7.5,+110|
|954||PITTSBURGH||-105||Un 7.5,-110||-110||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-3||-0.3||4-2||4.7||0.238||0.298||4.2||0.248||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||6-1||6.6||0.290||0.349||4.7||0.251||0.305|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-2||+1.4||1-4||3.0||0.174||0.243||2.8||0.176||0.232|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.9||3-4||2.4||0.153||0.229||4.4||0.237||0.328|
|4/1/2013||CUETO(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||1-3||L||-115||7.5 un||U||3||10||1||6||12||3|
|4/3/2013||LATOS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||5-4||W||-120||7.5 un||O||6||9||1||9||6||2|
|4/4/2013||ARROYO(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||5-4||W||+105||8 un||O||7||3||0||11||9||1|
|4/8/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||13-4||W||105||7.5 un||O||14||11||2||4||3||1|
|4/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-5||L||105||8.5 un||U||5||4||0||9||4||0|
|4/10/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||0-10||L||-120||8.5 un||O||5||8||0||14||7||0|
|4/12/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|4/13/2013||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|4/1/2013||BURNETT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-3||L||-125||7 un||U||3||6||1||6||5||1|
|4/3/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||3-0||W||-130||6.5 ov||U||6||6||0||2||5||1|
|4/4/2013||MCDONALD(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||-145||7 ev||U||4||4||0||3||3||1|
|4/5/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||0-3||L||185||7 ov||U||2||2||1||7||4||0|
|4/6/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-1||L||182||6 ov||U||2||3||0||8||10||0|
|4/7/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-6||L||125||7.5 un||O||4||5||0||11||7||1|
|4/8/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||5-3||W||130||8.5 un||U||5||6||1||6||5||0|
|4/9/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||6-5||W||130||8.5 ov||O||11||7||0||6||7||2|
|4/10/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||2-10||L||170||9 un||O||5||7||2||10||8||0|
|4/14/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Pirates Preview* ======================
By DAN BURCH STATS Writer
Cincinnati (5-4) at Pittsburgh (3-6), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Pirates are desperately looking for some offense to help out their pitching staff. Perhaps coming home for an extended period of time will jumpstart their bats.
The Pirates begin a 10-game homestand when they meet the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Pittsburgh (3-6) has the most woeful offense in the majors, batting .153, and only Miami (16) has scored less runs than Pittsburgh's 21.
The Pirates got blown out 10-2 at Arizona on Wednesday, though they claimed the first two games to win the series and complete their road trip with a 2-4 record.
"We win the series, and we move on," manager Clint Hurdle said.
Things might have turned out differently, but pitcher Jonathan Sanchez made a throwing error in the first inning that led directly to one run and opened the door for a three-run inning for the Diamondbacks. The Pirates, with their weak bats, were not able to come back.
"You make a baseball play in the first inning, I don't know how (the game) turns out," Hurdle said. "It has a chance to be different, though. We make a throw to third, we get the out there, who knows?"
It was a tough day for Sanchez, who gave up nine runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings and also didn't get much help from his offense.
"We have 30 starts out of the year," Sanchez said. "We're going to have bad outings and we're going to have good outings. You've just got to focus on the next one."
Pittsburgh, which also plays St. Louis and Atlanta on this homestand, sends veteran A.J. Burnett to the mound for his third start. He lost his first two, as the Pirates totaled one run and he registered a 3.27 ERA.
Burnett is 5-5 with a 4.06 ERA in 12 starts against the Reds (5-4). He was on the mound Sept. 28 when Cincinnati's Homer Bailey no-hit the Pirates in a 1-0 win.
Bailey got roughed up in St. Louis on Wednesday as the Reds lost 10-0 to drop the final two games of the series.
After scoring nine runs in the ninth inning to take the series opener 13-4 on Monday, the Reds lost 5-1 on Tuesday before getting blanked. Cincinnati came into the series with 38 runs in its first six games.
"I was hoping this would be different this time especially after that first night," manager Dusty Baker said. "The thing about it is their pitching really shut us down."
Mike Leake (0-0, 6.00) starts for the Reds on Friday after giving up four runs and six hits over six innings in his first outing, a 7-6 loss to Washington on Saturday.
Leake is 2-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 11 starts against Pittsburgh, his most versus any team. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has the most at-bats among players who have faced Leake, going 6 for 30 with one homer and eight strikeouts.
The Reds went 11-7 against the Pirates last year, including 5-4 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates scored only 16 runs in those nine home games.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 4:07:11 PM EST|