|CINCINNATI ( BAILEY )|
PHILADELPHIA ( PETTIBONE )
|903||CINCINNATI||-125||Ov 8.5,-120||-150||Ov 8,+100|
|904||PHILADELPHIA||+115||Un 8.5,+100||+140||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-10||+6.1||17-12||5.0||0.253||0.333||3.4||0.246||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||5-2||6.6||0.297||0.371||2.6||0.229||0.276|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-18||-7.5||16-16||3.5||0.241||0.299||4.7||0.261||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||3-4||3.4||0.264||0.320||4.4||0.258||0.326|
|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)||10-0||W||-105||8 un||O||16||12||0||6||7||0|
|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||BAILEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||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||PETTIBONE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||@ 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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Cincinnati (25-17) at Philadelphia (20-22), 1:35 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds' Homer Bailey snapped a six-start winless stretch with a superb performance his last time out.
He proved nearly unhittable against the Philadelphia Phillies about a month ago.
Bailey squares off against impressive rookie Jonathan Pettibone as the surging Reds conclude a three-game set in Philadelphia on Sunday.
After going 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA over his previous two starts, Bailey (2-3, 3.51 ERA) got back on track Tuesday in a 6-2 win at Miami. The right-hander scattered six hits and struck out a career high-tying 10 in his fourth career complete game.
"This guy never wants to come out," manager Dusty Baker told MLB's official website after leaving Bailey in to throw a career-high 125 pitches. "Complete games are hard to come by. Most guys don't care about them, but the competitors do."
Aside from one rough start versus St. Louis on April 10, Bailey has posted a 2.53 ERA in his other seven outings while striking out 50 over 46 1-3 innings.
"Homer to me has turned into one of those guys where you could maybe consider him the ace of your staff," first baseman Joey Votto said. "He has consistently gotten better over his career, and it's really impressive to see him improve and grow."
Bailey was also at his best against Philadelphia (20-23) on April 16, striking out 10 over eight innings of two-hit ball in a 1-0 walkoff win. However, he's 0-3 with a 4.24 ERA in seven career matchups in the series.
Pettibone (3-0, 3.41) has given the Phillies' injury-plagued rotation a big lift. The 22-year-old right-hander has been especially good at home, posting a 2.45 ERA while striking out 12 and walking two over three outings spanning 18 1-3 innings.
"He does a tremendous job," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Pettibone allowed two runs and four hits in a season-high 6 2-3 innings Tuesday, earning the victory in a 6-2 win over Cleveland.
"My first start, I didn't get any sleep the night before," he said. "Now I can get a full night's sleep. You just build confidence and try to build off each start."
Pettibone would appear to have a difficult matchup against a Reds team averaging 6.3 runs and hitting .342 with runners in scoring position during a 7-1 stretch. After dropping Friday's series opener, Cincinnati (26-17) went 6 for 20 with runners in scoring position during a 10-0 victory Saturday.
Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run homer and Votto added a two-run shot. Votto had four hits and has gone 15 for 29 with two home runs, eight runs and seven RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.
"I'm trying to see the ball as long as possible and direct it where I want it," said Votto, 11 for 22 in his last five games at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies will also need to be wary of Jay Bruce, batting .405 with three homers and 11 RBIs during a nine-game hit streak.
Philadelphia has gone 4-7 in its last 11 home games. The Phillies have been shut out six times on the season, matching their total from last year.
"They say the game builds character," Manuel said. "I don't know about building, but it definitely reveals it."
Ryan Howard, mired in a 4-for-34 slump, has gone 2 for 10 against Bailey since the start of 2011. Chase Utley is hitless in 11 at-bats over the last three games.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 4:01:48 AM EST|