|MILWAUKEE ( GALLARDO )|
CINCINNATI ( BAILEY )
|959||MILWAUKEE||+145||Ov 8.5,-110||+160||Ov 8,-115|
|960||CINCINNATI||-155||Un 8.5,-110||-170||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||21-19||+1||22-17||4.5||0.265||0.317||4.3||0.260||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.1||4-2||5.9||0.305||0.342||2.7||0.213||0.243|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-19||+3.4||29-18||4.9||0.254||0.327||3.9||0.251||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||4-3||5.3||0.259||0.317||3.9||0.243||0.294|
|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)||3-4||L||135||8 un||U||12||11||2||7||8||3|
|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||GALLARDO(R)||ATLANTA|| || |
|6/22/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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||CUETO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ 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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Milwaukee (27-38) at Cincinnati (40-27), 4:10 p.m. EDT
Although the Milwaukee Brewers are thriving at the plate during Ryan Braun's absence, they couldn't end their struggles against the Cincinnati Reds last time out.
With Braun now on the disabled list, the Brewers will try to snap a five-game skid to their NL Central rivals and avoid losing for a 10th time in 11 games in Cincinnati on Saturday.
Milwaukee (27-39) is batting .305 and has scored 41 runs while winning five of seven games. Braun was out with a sore right thumb in the last four of those contests, and the slugger was placed on the DL after Friday's series opener.
"This is a move we tried to avoid," manager Ron Roenicke said. "After talking to him, I think this is the right way to go."
The Brewers had 12 hits Friday but suffered a 4-3 loss in 10 innings. Jay Bruce's game-ending home run gave the Reds their fourth win in five contests.
"I told somebody earlier it never gets old," said Bruce, who is tied for the team lead with 11 homers. "I hit homers, but walkoffs are completely different. They're a little sweeter, especially this one because of (Thursday's 6-5 loss in 14 innings to the Chicago Cubs)."
Homer Bailey (4-4, 3.47 ERA) will try to help Cincinnati (41-27) keep rolling by building on one of his best starts of the season. He gave up one unearned run over eight innings and struck out eight in a 6-2 win over the Cubs on Monday.
"I just wanted to be aggressive and try to be very efficient," Bailey said.
Bailey is 3-0 with a 1.70 ERA in his last five games against NL opponents but is 1-5 with a 5.81 ERA in 11 career starts versus Milwaukee. The right-hander, though, gave up one run over eight innings and struck out 10 in his most recent matchup, a 3-1 home win July 20.
Like his counterpart for Saturday, Yovani Gallardo (5-6, 4.74) will also seek to build on a superb outing. He tossed eight scoreless innings in a 6-1 victory in Miami on Monday after going 1-5 with a 6.21 ERA in his previous seven starts.
The veteran struck out four to became the third Brewers pitcher to strike out 1,000 batters, joining Teddy Higuera and Ben Sheets.
"Getting 1,000 strikeouts, it's a big number," Gallardo said. "It's definitely a lot of work. It's a lot of pitches thrown. It's one of the goals and hopefully keep moving forward to get to the next one."
Gallardo struggled in his lone start of the season against the Reds, allowing three runs, five hits and five walks in four innings of a 4-3 road loss on May 10. He has a 5.17 ERA in losing his last three starts at Great American Ball Park.
Bruce, hitting .387 in his last seven games, is batting .419 (13 for 31) with two home runs versus Gallardo. That's the second-highest average of the 15 hitters who have faced the right-hander 30 or more times.
Rickie Weeks has the best average against Bailey of any hitter who has faced him at least 20 times, going 11 for 24 (.458) with a pair of homers.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:11:15 PM EST|