|MIAMI ( SANABIA )|
CINCINNATI ( BAILEY )
|903||MIAMI||+210||Ov 8.5,+100||+225||Ov 8,+105|
|904||CINCINNATI||-230||Un 8.5,-120||-245||Un 8,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-6||-0.8||3-5||2.9||0.211||0.258||3.8||0.276||0.341|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.2||3-4||2.6||0.211||0.243||5.0||0.300||0.366|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-6||-3.4||7-4||4.8||0.242||0.317||4.0||0.253||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1||3-4||5.4||0.286||0.368||2.7||0.209||0.242|
|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)||2-3||L||200||8 un||U||8||7||0||13||17||1|
|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||SANABIA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||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||LEAKE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||@ 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 CHRIS ALTRUDA STATS Editor
Miami (4-13) at Cincinnati (9-8), 1:10 p.m. EDT
It's been an up-and-down start thus far for the Cincinnati Reds, who will try to stay on the "up" end Sunday by taking a third of four games from the Miami Marlins in Sunday's finale
The reigning NL Central champions raced to a 5-2 start, averaging 7.3 runs, and promptly dropped five in a row. Cincinnati (10-8) has since regrouped to win five of six, this time on the strength of strong pitching as it has posted a 1.40 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 58 innings.
Manager Dusty Baker's bullpen provided five shutout innings in Saturday's 3-2, 13-inning victory, helping the Reds overcome stranding 17 runners and going 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Baker credited starter Bronson Arroyo for giving his relievers a chance to be effective after throwing eight innings.
"Bronson pitched a heck of a game," said Baker, whose pitchers have allowed two runs or fewer in six consecutive games, the longest stretch since a six-game streak from July 10 through July 19, 2010. "He kept some pretty good hitters off balance."
Homer Bailey (1-1, 3.32 ERA) has contributed a solid outing as well during this run, scattering two singles around a season-high 10 strikeouts in 89 pitches over eight innings Tuesday against Philadelphia. The right-hander, though, had nothing to show for it as the game was suspended in the middle of the ninth tied at zero and eventually won by the Reds the following night.
"When you're on the same page as your catcher, I can kind of sit back and almost go into cruise control, where all I have to think about is executing pitches," Bailey told the Reds' official website. "Being able to go out there and just execute pitches if that's your only mindset makes something very hard a little bit easier. Trying to make pitches is extremely hard."
Bailey, who did not face the Marlins last year, is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four lifetime starts against them.
Marlins counterpart Alex Sanabia (2-1, 4.24) has a similar track record to Bailey in the early part of the season with two strong starts around a terrible one. The right-hander limited Washington to two runs and six hits in six innings of an 8-2 victory on Tuesday and has half of Miami's four wins.
Sanabia has essentially had one bad inning thus far, yielding six of his eight runs in an 8-0 loss to Atlanta on April 10. He has struggled getting the first out of the inning, allowing leadoff hitters to go 8 for 17 thus far.
The Marlins (4-14) have been held to three or fewer runs in 15 of 18 games, partly due to the on-going struggles of slugger Giancarlo Stanton. He had an infield single in six at-bats Saturday, raising his average by a point to .163, and has no RBIs and 17 strikeouts in 12 games.
"He is an unbelievable player. He is going to hit," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's our big bat. He's just in a funk and we've got to get him out of it."
Stanton, who has gone eight games without an extra-base hit, is 1 for 5 lifetime versus Bailey.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 8:27:52 AM EST|