|MILWAUKEE ( PERALTA )|
CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )
|951||MILWAUKEE||+155||Ov 8.5,-120||+145||Ov 8.5,-110|
|952||CINCINNATI||-165||Un 8.5,+100||-155||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-11||-1||16-6||4.9||0.257||0.316||4.9||0.274||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||4-3||3.6||0.292||0.336||6.7||0.306||0.379|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-10||+1.1||14-10||4.7||0.244||0.325||3.9||0.251||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||6-1||5.9||0.274||0.366||5.1||0.237||0.315|
|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)||7-13||L||180||8 un||O||11||8||1||14||8||1|
|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||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)|| |
|5/16/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||LATOS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)|| |
|5/18/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||@ 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* ======================
Milwaukee (15-18) at Cincinnati (20-16), 1:10 p.m. EDT
The starters have been abysmal in this series between the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, and two more with less than imposing ERAs are up next.
These NL Central bullpens have combined for 17 innings in the first two games, but relief may not be in sight with the Brewers' Wily Peralta set to face the Reds' Bronson Arroyo in Sunday's finale in Cincinnati.
The only starter in this series to last past the fourth inning was the Reds' Mat Latos, but he gave up seven runs over six frames in Saturday's 13-7 win. Opposing pitcher Hiram Burgos became the fourth starter in Brewers' history to allow 12 runs.
Manager Ron Roenicke left Burgos in for three innings to try to preserve his relievers.
"I don't ever want to do that to somebody again," he said. "We're hurting in the bullpen."
Cincinnati (21-16) opened this series with a 4-3 victory Friday. Starters Yovani Gallardo for Milwaukee (15-19) and Tony Cingrani of the Reds each lasted four innings.
Milwaukee's bullpen has yielded two runs over nine innings while Cincinnati's has allowed one over eight. Only one reliever for either team has appeared in both games - Brewers left-hander Michael Gonzalez.
The Brewers added a reliever Saturday when they recalled right-hander Mike Fiers from Single-A Brevard County to replace Tom Gorzelanny, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The Reds may be able to count on some length Sunday from Arroyo (2-4, 4.30 ERA), who is second on the team with 44 1-3 innings although it's uncertain what the quality of them will be Sunday. He's winless over four outings, going 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA and three straight defeats.
The veteran right-hander went 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA in five starts last season against the Brewers.
Milwaukee's lone victory in its last nine games was by Peralta (3-2, 5.54), who allowed three runs over six innings Tuesday in a 6-3 win over Texas.
The rookie right-hander has allowed left-handers to hit .347 against him. His lone previous start against the Reds came Sept. 27 when he pitched 5 1-3 scoreless innings in a 2-1 loss.
Jay Bruce went 0 for 2 in that contest, but the left-handed slugger is showing signs of life. Bruce has homered in two of his last three games after going deep once in his first 34 contests, and went 3 for 5 with a solo homer Saturday.
"It's a long season," said Bruce, who led the Reds with 34 homers in 2012. "I'm trying to get pitches to hit. Lately, I've been missing them less."
Manager Dusty Baker's club has won nine of its last 11 at home against the Brewers, but he's never comfortable facing them.
"You've got to get a lot of run support," Baker said. "Those guys can hit. You've got to keep scoring and scoring and scoring."
Baker has come away impressed with shortstop Jean Segura, who is 6 for 9 with two solo homers in this series.
"With Segura, you've got to score even more," Baker said. "He's a heck of a player."
Brewers leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki has 14 hits in his last 31 at-bats, going 4 for 8 in this series.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:54:13 PM EST|