|MILWAUKEE ( BURGOS )|
CINCINNATI ( LATOS )
|909||MILWAUKEE||+160||Ov 8,+100||+175||Ov 8,+115|
|910||CINCINNATI||-170||Un 8,-120||-185||Un 8,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-10||0||15-6||4.8||0.256||0.314||4.5||0.269||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.5||4-3||3.3||0.296||0.342||5.7||0.299||0.367|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-10||+0.1||13-10||4.4||0.237||0.319||3.7||0.249||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||6-1||4.9||0.255||0.356||4.9||0.252||0.325|
|4/27/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||6-4||W||110||7.5 un||O||9||7||2||7||7||1|
|4/28/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-2||L||165||6.5 un||U||4||3||0||6||4||0|
|5/2/2013||PERALTA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||5-6||L||-110||8.5 ev||O||12||13||0||12||7||1|
|5/3/2013||LOHSE(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||1-6||L||-110||8 ov||U||8||6||1||15||9||0|
|5/4/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-7||L||+115||7.5 un||O||14||8||1||10||4||0|
|5/5/2013||ESTRADA(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||1-10||L||-120||8.5 un||O||8||7||0||11||10||0|
|5/10/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||3-4||L||140||7.5 ev||U||8||8||0||8||13||0|
|5/11/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|5/13/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|5/15/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|5/16/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|5/17/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/27/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||3-6||L||-105||8 un||O||9||6||1||10||8||1|
|4/28/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)||5-2||W||-105||7 ov||P||11||10||1||5||8||2|
|4/29/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||2-1||W||120||7 un||U||6||5||0||7||10||0|
|4/30/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||1-2||L||130||7.5 ov||U||7||4||0||7||4||0|
|5/1/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-4||L||105||7 ov||U||6||5||0||10||7||1|
|5/3/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||6-5||W||100||7 un||O||9||10||0||15||12||1|
|5/4/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-4||W||-115||7 un||O||6||8||0||3||2||1|
|5/5/2013||LATOS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||7-4||W||-135||7 ov||O||11||7||1||8||9||1|
|5/14/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|5/16/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||LATOS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|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 (MILWAUKEE-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Reds Preview* ======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Milwaukee (15-17) at Cincinnati (19-16), 4:10 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds are off to their best home start in 19 years.
Giving the ball to Mat Latos is likely to keep it that way.
Latos looks to become the first Reds pitcher in nine years to win eight straight decisions Saturday in a matchup with the struggling Milwaukee Brewers.
Cincinnati (20-16) is proving to be much better at home than on the road, winning a major league-best 14 times on its own field against six losses. It's the Reds' best start to their home schedule since going 15-5 at Riverfront Stadium in 1994.
They won again at home Friday, opening this series with a 4-3 win over Milwaukee (15-18), beating the NL Central rival for the eighth time in 10 home meetings.
Latos (3-0, 2.23 ERA) is looking to make it nine in 11, as he goes for a career-high eighth consecutive winning decision, which would be Cincinnati's longest winning streak since Paul Wilson won nine in a row Aug. 17, 2003-May 25, 2004.
Latos is 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA while holding opponents to a .225 average over his last 14 starts - 12 ending in Reds wins. The right-hander's streak includes a 1.50 ERA while winning each of his last three trips to the mound, and he went 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts versus the Brewers last year.
"If he has the kind of finish he had, who knows what he can do? Especially a young person that has the experience he's had and the time already, the next best thing is to try and keep him healthy," manager Dusty Baker told the team's official website. "He'll get better and better and better.
"We'd like to take him deeper in the games. That's the next step for him."
Latos didn't do that Monday, when he battled an illness as well as the Chicago Cubs to earn a 7-4 win in his shortest outing of the season. He tossed four scoreless innings before giving up three runs and leaving after the fifth.
While Latos is coming through on the mound, Brandon Phillips is on a tear at the plate. The second baseman is batting .357 with 10 RBIs in 11 games. He had an RBI single and a solo homer Friday, also turning a spectacular bare-handed double play to end the seventh.
The Brewers have lost seven of eight games this month thanks in large part to a 7.07 ERA from the rotation.
Now, they're scheduled to turn to Hiram Burgos (1-0, 3.00) for the first time since a 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh on May 1. The rookie right-hander didn't get a decision after giving up a pair of solo homers in seven innings.
A coupe of days off earlier this week caused Burgos to wait longer than usual for his fourth start, but he isn't concerned with the long layoff.
"I had to do it because the team needed it, and I was fine with that," Burgos told the team's official website. "I was still on the mound. I did my workouts. My arm feels good.
"(It's) more mental. I'm ready to pitch. Like I always say, I want the ball."
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is hitting .419 over his last 11 games, but he has just four RBIs in that span with one coming on his eighth homer Friday. His 14 homers at Great American Ball Park are his highest total for any road venue.
Braun, though, is 1 for 14 with five strikeouts versus Latos.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 9:01:43 AM EST|