|MIAMI ( LEBLANC )|
CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )
|951||MIAMI||+200||Ov 8.5,-120||+200||Ov 8,+105|
|952||CINCINNATI||-220||Un 8.5,+100||-220||Un 8,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-5||+0.2||3-4||3.0||0.216||0.265||3.9||0.277||0.334|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+1.2||3-4||2.6||0.213||0.253||4.7||0.286||0.348|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-2||+1.4||4-2||6.7||0.296||0.377||3.7||0.205||0.246|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.4||3-4||5.1||0.280||0.365||2.9||0.218||0.252|
|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)||1-11||L||175||7.5 ov||O||6||7||2||12||8||0|
|4/19/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||2-1||W||230||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||4||0|
|4/20/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|4/22/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||SLOWEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||LEBLANC(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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||CINGRANI(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||LATOS(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|4/26/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Miami (3-13) at Cincinnati (9-7), 1:10 p.m. EDT
The manner in which the Miami Marlins won their latest contest might be what they need to begin a run in the right direction.
Looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, the visiting Marlins continue their series with the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
Justin Ruggiano hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning to help Miami (4-13) snap the Reds' four-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Friday.
The Marlins have scored four runs in their last three games, but bounced back nicely against a Cincinnati team that totaled 11 runs in each of the previous two contests - including Thursday's series opener.
"We haven't scored a ton of runs," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "We're trying to be aggressive in situations when we can be aggressive."
The hard-throwing Chapman had not allowed a run in his previous eight appearances. Five of the seven homers Chapman has allowed during his four seasons in the majors have come at Great American Ball Park.
"You get so used to him being perfect, but that happens a couple of times a year," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It doesn't happen very often."
Ruggiano, who homered in his second straight game, has hit three of Miami's five home runs on the season. He's 7 for 22 with five RBIs in his last six contests and 8 for 20 in seven career games versus Cincinnati (9-8).
Shortstop Nick Green added three hits Friday for Miami, which hopes more competitive efforts are in the team's future.
"It all came together perfect (Friday)," Redmond said.
Scheduled Miami starter Wade LeBlanc (0-3, 6.75 ERA) has served up eight of the 12 runs he's allowed this season in the first inning. Washington scored four in the first Monday off LeBlanc, who yielded seven and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings of a 10-3 loss.
"I don't know. We're only three starts in, but something has got to change," LeBlanc told the Marlins' official website. "We've got to figure out how to get through that first inning unscathed, and give these guys a chance. That's priority No. 1 at this point."
The left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA against the Reds, but last faced them in 2011.
Cincinnati counters with Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 4.05), who allowed a two-run homer and four other hits in eight innings of a 4-2 win over Philadelphia on Monday. That helped the Reds end a five-game skid and rest a bullpen that had been taxed during the slide.
"(Baker) said that he needed me bad," Arroyo told the Reds' official website. "I assumed that meant go deep in the ballgame and have a 'W' next to our name at the end of the night."
The right-hander is 1-4 with a 4.22 ERA in 10 starts against the Marlins.
Cincinnati managed four of its five hits in six innings Friday off Miami starter Kevin Slowey. Joey Votto drove in the Reds' lone run, but is 1 for 12 with five strikeouts in the last four games.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 2:35:31 PM EST|