|MIAMI ( FERNANDEZ )|
CINCINNATI ( CINGRANI )
|959||MIAMI||+145||Ov 8.5,+105||+165||Ov 7.5,-105|
|960||CINCINNATI||-155||Un 8.5,-125||-175||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-7||-5.6||2-6||1.2||0.207||0.270||4.2||0.259||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.2||3-4||2.3||0.203||0.247||4.6||0.296||0.348|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-5||-1.8||6-3||4.6||0.236||0.306||4.6||0.263||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.1||4-3||4.1||0.261||0.345||4.7||0.270||0.310|
|4/4/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||1-6||L||200||7 un||P||8||8||2||9||5||0|
|4/5/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||7-5||W||140||7.5 un||O||11||8||0||10||12||1|
|4/6/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||3-7||L||155||7 un||O||11||8||2||9||6||1|
|4/7/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY METS||LAFFEY(L)||3-4||L||120||7.5 ov||U||13||12||0||6||7||0|
|4/18/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)|| |
|4/19/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|4/20/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|4/22/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)|| |
|4/25/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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)||5-6||L||100||7.5 un||O||8||8||0||12||8||0|
|4/13/2013||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||1-3||L||-140||7 ov||U||7||12||0||7||5||0|
|4/14/2013||LATOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||IRWIN(R)||7-10||L||-155||7.5 un||O||11||8||0||15||8||1|
|4/22/2013||LEAKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|4/23/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||LATOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/25/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MIAMI-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Reds Preview* ======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Miami (3-11) at Cincinnati (7-7), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Considered one of the best young arms in baseball, Jose Fernandez continues to impress for the Miami Marlins.
With Johnny Cueto sidelined, the Cincinnati Reds are expecting big things from 23-year-old Tony Cingrani.
Major league-worst Miami is hoping to have slugger Giancarlo Stanton back Thursday night as Fernandez takes the mound opposite Cingrani in the opener of this four-game set at Great American Ball Park.
After allowing one run and striking out eight over five innings in his big league debut April 7 against the Mets, the 20-year-old Fernandez (0-0, 0.82 ERA) dazzled again Saturday against Philadelphia, surrendering two hits and two walks over six scoreless frames.
"He's good. He's got good stuff," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told MLB's official website. "I was surprised he got his breaking ball and threw his changeup and got it over like he did. That impressed me as much as his fastball. His fastball is good. He's young. He's good. He's got a chance to be very good."
The Reds (8-7) believe Cingrani does, too. The left-hander will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to fill in for Cueto, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury.
"That's what the depth of the organization is about," manager Dusty Baker told the team's official website. "We're here to win ballgames and not see who the next rising star is, even though it's exciting. We want him to fit in like we hope he does."
In three minor league starts this year, Cingrani struck out a whopping 26 over 14 1-3 scoreless innings. He was pulled after just two innings and 45 pitches Sunday as a result of Cueto's injury.
Cingrani, the first Reds lefty to start since Dontrelle Willis on Sept. 29, 2011, compiled a 1.80 ERA and fanned nine in five innings over three relief appearances last year. He struck out three over 1 1-3 innings at Miami on Sept. 15.
"That helps quite a bit actually, because you know that you can pitch here," Baker said.
While Cingrani would appear to have a favorable matchup against a Marlins team that ranks last in the majors in runs (32) and homers (three), Miami could get a boost from Stanton, who's expected to return following a six-game absence due to a bruised left shoulder.
The slugging right fielder is batting just .167 with no RBIs in nine games, though.
"He should be good to go," manager Mike Redmond said. "We all know how important he is to this lineup. ... I'd love to be able to write it down, that this is our right-handed lineup, and this is our left-handed lineup, and let's go get 'em. We haven't had that. (Thursday), we hope that is the start of having a more stable lineup."
Miami (3-12), which has dropped 16 of 21 in Cincinnati, could have its hands full again Thursday.
Coming off a three-game sweep of Philadelphia, the Reds have hit .342 with runners in scoring position and outscored opponents 53-22 during a 7-1 stretch at home. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier both homered and Brandon Phillips went 2 for 2 with three RBIs in Wednesday's 11-2 victory.
"The only thing better than hits are more hits," Baker said. "It was a beautiful thing."
The Marlins concluded a 2-7 homestand by dropping two of three to Washington, including Wednesday's 6-1 loss. Placido Polanco finished 2 for 4 to raise his average to .327, but Miami went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
"Everything is magnified right now because we're not able to put a big number on the board," Redmond said.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 10:49:15 AM EST|