|CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )|
PHILADELPHIA ( KENDRICK )
|953||CINCINNATI||+100||Ov 8,-105||-105||Ov 8,-110|
|954||PHILADELPHIA||-110||Un 8,-115||-105||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-10||+5.1||16-12||4.8||0.247||0.328||3.5||0.248||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||4-3||5.7||0.275||0.364||3.0||0.238||0.293|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-17||-6.5||15-16||3.6||0.243||0.301||4.6||0.256||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||2-5||3.6||0.264||0.320||3.3||0.233||0.315|
|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)||6-2||W||-165||7 ev||O||10||8||0||6||4||0|
|5/15/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)||4-0||W||-175||8 un||U||11||9||0||11||12||0|
|5/16/2013||LATOS(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||5-3||W||-160||7 un||O||8||7||0||6||4||1|
|5/17/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||3-5||L||110||7 un||O||8||8||1||6||6||0|
|5/18/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|5/20/2013||CUETO(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/22/2013||LATOS(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||ARROYO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|5/6/2013||LEE(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||6-2||W||130||6 un||O||10||7||1||5||0||0|
|5/7/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-2||W||130||7 un||O||12||9||1||7||6||2|
|5/8/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||3-4||L||135||7.5 un||U||7||3||0||11||12||0|
|5/9/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||1-2||L||110||7.5 ov||U||6||7||0||7||11||0|
|5/10/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||2-3||L||140||9.5 un||U||7||8||1||4||2||1|
|5/11/2013||LEE(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||3-1||W||-105||8 ov||U||9||11||0||9||9||0|
|5/12/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||4-2||W||115||8.5 un||U||15||9||0||7||7||0|
|5/20/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||LEE(L)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|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.
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Phillies Preview* =======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Cincinnati (25-16) at Philadelphia (19-22), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The Philadelphia Phillies' pitching staff includes established stars like former World Series MVP Cole Hamels and Cy Young Award winners Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, but arguably the team's most consistent starter has never won more than 11 games in his career.
Kyle Kendrick looks to win a fifth straight decision while helping Philadelphia to its fifth victory in six tries as it hosts the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
The Phillies' starting rotation has posted a 4.16 ERA as Hamels (1-6, 4.61 ERA) has gotten off to a slow start along with Halladay (2-4, 8.65), who had arthroscopic shoulder surgery this week and isn't expected to throw again for nearly two months.
Though Lee pitched seven solid innings and lowered his ERA to 2.83 as the Phillies (20-22) beat the Reds 5-3 on Friday, it's been Kendrick (4-1, 2.47) who has shined the most.
Kendrick has posted a 1.84 ERA in seven outings since losing his first start of the season, highlighted by a three-hit shutout over the New York Mets on April 26. The right-hander has allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings in each of his last two starts, beating San Francisco 6-2 on May 7 before Philadelphia's 4-2, 10-inning win over Arizona on Sunday.
The last time the Phillies lost when Kendrick started was April 16, when he allowed only two hits in seven shutout innings before Jay Bruce's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave Cincinnati a 1-0 victory.
Kendrick has a 1.37 ERA in his last three starts versus the Reds but no victories to show for it, getting three runs of support over 19 2-3 innings.
Philadelphia, which was outscored 16-4 during a three-game sweep in Cincinnati from April 15-17, had enough offense in a 5-3 win Friday as Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer to help end the Reds' six-game winning streak.
Rollins, batting .118 (2 for 17) over his last five versus Cincinnati, hit only the third home run in the last six games for the Phillies as they've manufactured runs in other ways during their hot stretch.
"When you talk about playing small ball, you have to have the talent," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Bruce and Joey Votto homered Friday for the Reds (25-17), who lost for just the third time in 13 games. They'll send Bronson Arroyo to the mound Saturday as he seeks his third straight victory over the Phillies.
Arroyo (3-4, 3.76) scattered five hits in 6 2-3 scoreless innings of a 5-1 win over Milwaukee on Sunday, ending a three-start losing streak during which he posted a 5.50 ERA.
"I didn't have a whole lot of stuff," said Arroyo, who was feeling ill during his last outing. "I was grinding from the first inning on. I knew I was getting away with pitches that I normally wouldn't. Luckily, they were beating them into the ground."
The right-hander had not won since giving up two runs in eight innings of a 4-2 win over Philadelphia on April 15. Arroyo had the same stat line to beat the Phillies 3-2 on Aug. 22 in his previous start against them, ending a six-start regular-season skid versus Philadelphia.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 10:50:53 AM EST|