|PITTSBURGH ( MORTON )|
CINCINNATI ( LATOS )
|905||PITTSBURGH||+165||Ov 8,-120||+182||Ov 8.5,+100|
|906||CINCINNATI||-175||Un 8,+100||-195||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-21||+16.9||25-29||3.7||0.241||0.297||3.5||0.226||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||5-2||4.7||0.284||0.347||4.6||0.286||0.324|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-20||+2.7||29-20||4.8||0.254||0.325||3.9||0.250||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||2-5||4.6||0.257||0.310||2.9||0.227||0.271|
|6/4/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||4-5||L||150||7 ov||O||5||3||1||10||13||1|
|6/5/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||0-5||L||110||7.5 ov||U||1||4||3||7||9||0|
|6/7/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-0||W||-115||7 un||U||7||9||1||5||10||0|
|6/8/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-2||W||100||7 ov||O||9||3||0||4||4||0|
|6/9/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||1-4||L||-120||9 un||U||6||4||0||6||8||0|
|6/11/2013||COLE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||8-2||W||-125||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||8||8||1|
|6/12/2013||LIRIANO(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||12-8||W||-200||7.5 un||O||18||6||1||15||8||1|
|6/13/2013||MORTON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||0-10||L||+115||7.5 ov||O||3||4||3||17||11||0|
|6/14/2013||LOCKE(L)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||3-0||W||-160||8 un||U||8||7||0||6||5||0|
|6/15/2013||CUMPTON(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-5||L||+150||7 ev||O||9||13||1||10||8||1|
|6/16/2013||COLE(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||6-3||W||-125||7.5 un||O||10||6||0||7||5||0|
|6/17/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||1-4||L||110||8 un||U||7||9||1||8||5||0|
|6/18/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||CUMPTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||COLE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|6/23/2013||MORTON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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|
|6/21/2013||CUETO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|6/22/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|6/23/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|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 (PITTSBURGH-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Reds Preview* ======================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (41-28) at Cincinnati (42-28), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Mat Latos has gone 21 consecutive starts without losing.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have never beaten him.
The right-hander looks to keep both streaks going as the Cincinnati Reds host the Pirates on Tuesday night.
Latos (6-0, 3.08 ERA) has not lost since Aug. 24, 2012, but he's looking to bounce back from one of his worst starts of the season. Though he left after six innings with a one-run lead, Latos allowed four runs and eight hits in a 6-5, 14-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
"It was just one of those days," said Latos, who has won his last four home starts.
A short-handed bullpen will look to do a better job of supporting Latos on Tuesday. Sean Marshall has been out since May 24 with a sprained shoulder, and Jonathan Broxton joined him on the disabled list Saturday with an elbow problem. Even so, Cincinnati's relievers have pitched 9 1-3 innings of scoreless relief since blowing Latos' chance to win and have a 0.90 ERA in the last seven games.
Latos also hopes to ride a recent power surge, as the Reds (43-28) delivered their second four-homer performance in a week in Monday's 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh. Jay Bruce homered for the third time in four games and is batting .342 since May 30. Zack Cozart hit his second home run in seven games, a stretch during which he's hitting .355.
Latos has the added comfort facing an opponent to which he's never lost, having gone 4-0 in eight starts versus the Pirates with 53 strikeouts in 51 innings. His 2.29 ERA against them is his second-lowest against any team he's faced multiple times.
Cincinnati has gone 10-4 in Latos' starts this season, but two of those losses came in Pittsburgh. He allowed a combined five runs - four earned - and struck out 13 in 12 2-3 innings.
Among the Pirates (41-29) to have struggled against Latos are Garrett Jones (3 for 21) and Starling Marte (1 for 8).
While Latos has just two losses in his last 44 starts, Pittsburgh scheduled starter Charlie Morton (0-1, 3.60) has lost four straight and six of seven going back to May 2012. The right-hander made his season debut Tuesday in his return from Tommy John surgery, surrendering four runs - two earned - and seven hits in five innings of a 10-0 loss to San Francisco.
"There's room for improvement but for being out a year, first time out on a major league mound, there's some things we can definitely work with," manager Clint Hurdle said.
Morton was undone by wildness (three hit batters) as well as bad luck (three infield hits) against the Giants.
"I didn't look to this start to validate that I'm back,'" Morton said. "It's part of the process, a long process."
Morton went 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA in two matchups with the Reds last season after going 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA against them in 2011.
|Last Updated: 4/22/2018 11:23:47 AM EST|