|MILWAUKEE ( LOHSE )|
CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )
|903||MILWAUKEE||+140||Ov 8.5,-110||+130||Ov 8.5,+105|
|904||CINCINNATI||-150||Un 8.5,-110||-140||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||21-18||+2||22-16||4.6||0.264||0.318||4.3||0.261||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||4-2||5.6||0.288||0.341||2.9||0.225||0.255|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-19||+2.4||29-17||4.9||0.255||0.327||3.9||0.250||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||5-2||5.0||0.262||0.312||4.7||0.259||0.311|
|5/31/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||8-5||W||105||8 ov||O||14||8||1||6||4||3|
|6/1/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)||4-3||W||-110||9.5 un||U||9||5||1||11||10||1|
|6/2/2013||FIERS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||5-7||L||160||8 un||O||10||7||1||9||5||1|
|6/10/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||6-1||W||-115||7 un||P||16||10||0||5||2||1|
|6/11/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||4-5||L||-115||7.5 un||O||5||3||0||8||2||1|
|6/12/2013||FIGARO(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||10-1||W||-120||7.5 un||O||12||3||0||5||3||2|
|6/14/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||FIGARO(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|5/31/2013||CUETO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||6-0||W||-110||7 ov||U||8||12||0||1||2||0|
|6/1/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||2-0||W||115||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||10||10||0|
|6/2/2013||LATOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)||4-5||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||9||10||3||6||8||2|
|6/7/2013||LEAKE(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||2-9||L||+115||8 un||O||8||7||0||16||7||1|
|6/8/2013||LATOS(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||4-2||W||-150||8.5 un||U||10||7||0||9||9||1|
|6/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-11||L||+105||8 un||O||6||6||0||14||8||1|
|6/10/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||6-2||W||-120||7.5 ev||O||9||3||1||6||7||0|
|6/11/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||12-2||W||-130||8.5 ov||O||16||7||1||5||3||4|
|6/12/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-1||W||-115||8.5 ov||U||6||6||0||3||3||0|
|6/13/2013||LATOS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||5-6||L||-125||7 un||O||13||13||1||15||13||2|
|6/20/2013||BAILEY(R)||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|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 MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Milwaukee (27-38) at Cincinnati (40-26), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds had the majors' best home record earlier this month.
They've hardly been playing their best at Great American Ball Park since then.
The Reds open a seven-game homestand Friday night against the improving Milwaukee Brewers, who could be without Ryan Braun again.
After being denied a four-game sweep over the Chicago Cubs with Thursday's 6-5, 14-inning defeat, Cincinnati (40-27) will face the Brewers (27-38) for the second time this season after sweeping them at Great American Ball Park from May 10-12.
The Reds were a MLB-best 21-7 at home three weeks later, but they've been outscored 39-18 while losing four of five to visiting teams.
Friday's starter Bronson Arroyo (6-5, 3.35 ERA) is 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA in eight home starts after throwing six innings of two-run ball in Sunday's 11-4, 10-inning loss to St. Louis. The right-hander was hit on the knee by a one-hopper in the fourth, but the injury doesn't seem like it will impact him moving forward.
"It's not serious," Arroyo told the Reds' official website. "It just got me in a good spot."
Arroyo wasn't in a good spot prior to his May 12 start against Milwaukee, bringing in a 2-4 record and 4.30 ERA in seven outings. However, he threw 6 2-3 scoreless innings in that 5-1 victory and is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his past six starts.
Arroyo might not have to face Braun, who has missed the past three games with a right thumb injury and could go on the disabled list this weekend if it doesn't improve.
Even without the former MVP, the Brewers' lineup is delivering. Milwaukee is hitting .307 and averaging 6.3 runs during a 5-1 stretch, reaching double-digit runs for the first time in 40 games in Wednesday's 10-1 win at Miami.
"Give those guys some credit, they're swinging the bats good and that's a potent lineup right now that's got a lot of guys swinging the bat really well," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
Carlos Gomez has been swinging it as well as anyone, going 10 for 25 with a homer, four triples and eight RBIs over the last six games.
Milwaukee's rotation has also been solid over that span with a 2.11 ERA.
"The starting pitching has been awesome," Gomez said. "You're more pumped up when you see the starting pitching be more consistent."
A more consistent Kyle Lohse (2-6, 4.03) could really help. He picked up his first win in eight starts Sunday, allowing one run and four hits in a season-high eight innings to beat Philadelphia 9-1.
"I'm finally coming back around where I can snap (the slider) off," said Lohse, who's made three starts since his turn was skipped to rest a sore arm.
The right-hander will get his first look at the Reds in a Brewers uniform. He's 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts against Cincinnati.
Jay Bruce, 8 for 24 with a homer, triple and three doubles off Lohse, is batting .407 (11 for 27) in the last six games after Thursday's four-hit effort. His four RBIs in last month's series against Milwaukee led Cincinnati.
Joey Votto went 3 for 12 in that series, and the former MVP is batting .268 at home compared to .370 outside Cincinnati.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 6:44:17 AM EST|