|MILWAUKEE ( PERALTA )|
CINCINNATI ( CUETO )
|903||MILWAUKEE||+185||Ov 8,-105||+200||Ov 8,-110|
|904||CINCINNATI||-200||Un 8,-115||-220||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-19||+2.6||22-18||4.6||0.265||0.317||4.2||0.259||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||3-3||6.0||0.299||0.337||2.1||0.214||0.245|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-20||+1.7||29-19||4.8||0.253||0.325||3.9||0.251||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||4-3||4.7||0.247||0.304||4.4||0.243||0.300|
|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)||6-0||W||160||8 ov||U||8||3||0||7||7||0|
|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)|| |
|6/22/2013||PERALTA(R)||ATLANTA|| || |
|6/23/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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||LEAKE(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Milwaukee (27-39) at Cincinnati (41-27), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Returning from injury for the second time this season, even Johnny Cueto admits that worries of another setback could creep into his mind.
Facing the Milwaukee Brewers, whom he dominated last year, might help put him at ease.
Cueto is expected to be activated from the disabled list to take the mound Sunday as the Cincinnati Reds try to bounce back against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ballpark.
Cueto (3-0, 2.17 ERA) has been on the DL since June 5 due to a strained right shoulder. It's his second stint on the DL this year as he also missed more than a month with a strained right lat.
The injuries have limited him to six outings, during which he's compiled a 0.88 WHIP over 37 1-3 innings.
"It feels really good right now," Cueto, through a translator, told the team's official website. "We're always going to have thoughts. I pray to God everything goes well, but it's hard to take it out of your mind like that."
However, Cueto, who allowed only one hit over eight innings in a 6-0 win at Pittsburgh on May 31 in his last start, was stingy in four outings versus Milwaukee in 2012, going 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA. He is also 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his last four home starts versus the Brewers.
Aramis Ramirez is the only current Brewer hitting better than .250 in more than three at-bats against Cueto, going 13 of 39 with four homers and four doubles when facing the right-hander.
The Reds (41-28) could use a dominant start from Cueto after falling to a 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Brewers (28-39) on Saturday.
Ryan Braun missed his fifth straight game with a bruised right thumb and his first since going on the DL, but it didn't keep Milwaukee from winning for the sixth time in eight games as the club became baseball's last this season to record a shutout.
"6-0 - we don't have too many of those," manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's nice to kind of be able to relax."
Juan Francisco homered and had three RBIs while Logan Schafer - filling in for Braun - recorded his second consecutive three-hit game. He's 8 for 21 over the last five games, seeing the same number of at-bats he received in the previous 10 contests.
"It's nice to play every day and get that comfort level," the 26-year-old Schafer said. "I felt good all day. One thing I've been doing a little better lately is swing at strikes and not going out of the strike zone."
After getting six innings of three-hit ball from Yovani Gallardo Saturday, Milwaukee turns to Wily Peralta (4-7, 6.03), who's won only once in his last seven starts. That stretch began May 12, when he yielded four runs and five hits across six innings in a 5-1 loss in Cincinnati.
The right-hander allowed three runs and five hits - all in the second inning - of a six-inning effort in Tuesday's 5-4 loss at Miami, but didn't get a decision.
"After the second inning, I started making pitches and was able to locate the slider, not trying to do too much or throw too hard," Peralta said.
The Reds had won 24 of the last 31 meetings in Cincinnati prior to Saturday.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:26:58 PM EST|