|CLEVELAND ( JIMENEZ )|
CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )
|905||CLEVELAND||+125||Ov 8.5,-105||+125||Ov 9,+100|
|906||CINCINNATI||-135||Un 8.5,-115||-135||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-13||+6.3||13-14||5.2||0.265||0.338||4.4||0.244||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||5-1||5.7||0.262||0.325||6.9||0.292||0.368|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-12||+5.9||20-14||4.9||0.252||0.332||3.5||0.246||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.8||3-4||4.7||0.242||0.316||3.0||0.223||0.296|
|5/13/2013||MASTERSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||1-0||W||-140||8 un||U||5||7||0||4||6||0|
|5/13/2013||BAUER(R)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||0-7||L||-120||8.5 un||U||5||8||2||11||7||0|
|5/14/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||2-6||L||-125||8.5 ov||U||7||8||1||10||8||0|
|5/15/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||10-4||W||150||8 ov||O||11||6||0||8||5||0|
|5/23/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||12-3||W||140||9.5 ev||O||16||11||0||7||6||1|
|5/24/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||1-8||L||110||9 un||P||4||5||0||9||3||1|
|5/25/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||4-7||L||175||9 un||O||11||8||2||11||12||1|
|5/26/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||5-6||L||125||9.5 ov||O||7||3||0||7||5||1|
|5/27/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||KLUBER(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|6/3/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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)||2-3||L||-150||8 ev||U||9||8||1||9||7||1|
|5/20/2013||CUETO(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||4-3||W||-145||7.5 ev||U||8||9||0||5||6||1|
|5/21/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||4-0||W||-110||8 ov||U||7||7||0||3||6||1|
|5/22/2013||LATOS(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||7-4||W||110||6.5 ov||O||12||9||1||9||7||0|
|5/24/2013||ARROYO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||7-4||W||-150||8 ov||O||10||4||0||10||9||1|
|5/25/2013||BAILEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-2||W||-170||7.5 un||U||7||6||0||6||7||0|
|5/26/2013||CUETO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||4-5||L||-180||7.5 un||O||5||11||1||10||9||1|
|5/29/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|5/31/2013||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|6/3/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|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 (CLEVELAND-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Reds Preview* ======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Cleveland (27-21) at Cincinnati (31-18), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Acquired from the Cleveland Indians this offseason, Shin-Soo Choo has been a major catalyst for the Cincinnati Reds.
Manager Terry Francona's club, meanwhile, has more than held its own without him.
Choo faces his former team for the first time as these Ohio rivals open a unique four-game set Monday at Great American Ball Park.
After spending the previous six-plus seasons with Cleveland (27-22), Choo was sent to Cincinnati (31-19) as part of a three-team trade in December. The South Korea native, who can become a free agent after this season, is hitting .285 with a team-leading nine homers and 37 runs scored from the leadoff spot. He is, however, just 1 for his last 21.
"I think he's fit in real well," general manager Walt Jocketty told the team's official website. "He's really become a great teammate that I think is well admired by his teammates. He's been just a big plus to our club. He is the lift we were looking for, offensively."
Despite losing Choo, Cleveland ranks near the top of the majors in almost every offensive category, including runs (248) homers (64) and slugging percentage (.452). The second-place Indians sit 1 1/2 games behind AL Central-leading Detroit.
"I hope they play good all year," Choo said. "The last three or four years, they'd play good the first half and the start of the second go down. But I think they're a better team this year. ... Hopefully they keep playing well."
Contrary to Choo's remarks, Cleveland is mired in a 1-5 slump after dropping three straight at Boston. The Indians appeared headed for a victory Sunday before giving up four runs in the ninth inning of a 6-5 walkoff loss.
Things aren't about to get any easier against the Reds, who have taken four straight and 12 of 16 in the series at home. These clubs play again Tuesday in Cincinnati before shifting the series to Cleveland for two games.
"It's just two good teams playing against each other who happen to be in the same state," Indians pitcher Justin Masterson said. "I think the National League-American League thing, it's not (big) for the players. It's not as big and as crazy as what some would think."
Cincinnati had won five straight and 12 of 14 before suffering a 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
"This one got away," manager Dusty Baker said. "We'll start a new streak tomorrow. We've been playing good ball."
The Reds, who haven't dropped back-to-back games since April 30-May 1, will try to bounce back behind Mike Leake (4-2, 3.25 ERA). After allowing nine hits over 6 2-3 innings during a 4-0 victory at Miami on May 15, Leake threw seven innings of three-hit ball in Tuesday's 4-0 road win over the New York Mets.
"The guy has worked hard," Baker said. "He's throwing the ball as well as anybody we have."
Leake is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA over three career starts versus Cleveland. Jason Kipnis is 0 for 6 against him while Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley are both 1 for 7.
The Indians counter with Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 6.04), who had gone 3-0 with a 1.90 ERA in his previous four starts before allowing six runs over four innings Wednesday in an 11-7 loss to Detroit.
Jimenez is 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA over five matchups against the Reds, but he hasn't faced them since 2010. Brandon Phillips is 2 for 13 in their matchups.
Jimenez, though, will need to be wary of Joey Votto, who's 5 for 12 against him. Votto is hitting .463 with four homers, 17 runs and 10 RBIs over his last 14 games.
Cleveland's Drew Stubbs, acquired in the Choo trade, is 3 for his last 23.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 4:46:41 AM EST|