|CINCINNATI ( LATOS )|
ARIZONA ( DELGADO )
|959||CINCINNATI||-120||Ov 8.5,-125||-130||Ov 8.5,-120|
|960||ARIZONA||+110||Un 8.5,+105||+120||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-22||-1.2||29-21||4.7||0.251||0.321||3.9||0.249||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3||1-5||3.1||0.219||0.280||3.9||0.237||0.302|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-21||+5.4||24-23||4.7||0.263||0.320||4.3||0.254||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0||2-5||4.0||0.236||0.294||3.4||0.191||0.249|
|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)||5-11||L||-115||8 un||O||9||9||1||15||7||1|
|6/22/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||3-4||L||110||8 un||U||4||6||0||6||5||1|
|6/23/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||CUETO(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|6/29/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|6/9/2013||SKAGGS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||2-6||L||-140||9 un||U||6||6||2||12||9||1|
|6/10/2013||MILEY(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||5-4||W||165||6 un||O||11||8||1||14||8||0|
|6/11/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||3-5||L||120||7 un||O||4||4||0||5||8||0|
|6/12/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||8-6||W||-105||6.5 un||O||20||14||0||12||7||0|
|6/14/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-2||L||115||7 un||U||2||3||1||5||7||1|
|6/15/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-6||L||100||7.5 un||O||7||7||1||7||3||0|
|6/16/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||1-4||L||-115||8 un||U||8||4||1||6||4||0|
|6/25/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||MILEY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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.
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Diamondbacks Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Cincinnati (44-31) at Arizona (40-33), 4:10 p.m. EDT
If the Arizona Diamondbacks are to record their first home sweep of the Cincinnati Reds in 10 years, they likely must find a way to end Mat Latos' dominance at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks look to do both while trying to match a season high with their fifth consecutive victory and hand the Reds a fourth straight defeat Sunday.
One night after Arizona (41-33) pounded out 15 hits in an 11-5 win over Cincinnati, Jason Kubel delivered a two-run single off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth inning for 4-3 comeback victory Saturday.
Cincinnati's Mike Leake and Arizona's Patrick Corbin engaged in a pitchers' duel before Gerardo Parra gave the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in sixth. Jay Bruce tied it in the ninth with his second home run of the game before the hosts prevailed.
The Reds (44-32) had won three straight and 12 of 14 at Arizona prior to this series, but are now in danger of being swept there for the first time since June 20-22, 2003.
"It's a tough one to swallow but we will be right back there (Sunday)," said Leake, who allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings.
Cincinnati should feel confident behind Latos (6-1, 3.20 ERA), who is 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA in four starts at Chase Field.
The right-hander was 10-0 with a 2.80 ERA in 21 regular season starts before he allowed three runs in the first and three hits over five innings while striking out nine in a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
"I was aggravated with myself," Latos said. "I didn't throw too well in the bullpen and kind of took it into the first. I beat myself (Tuesday). It's always hard when you put your team in a 3-0 hole."
Cincinnati's defeat Saturday overshadowed Bruce's continued power display.
The right-fielder drove in all three runs and matched a career high by homering in his fourth consecutive game. All seven of Bruce's hits in his last 29 at-bats have been home runs.
He is 3 for 8 in the series after going 0 for 19 in his previous five games versus Arizona.
Parra has homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career, and is batting .356 with seven RBIs in his last 15 overall.
He's 4 for 12 against Latos.
Randall Delgado (0-0, 4.00) gets a second straight start Sunday since he was recalled from the minors this week. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson has decided to go with a four-man rotation with Brandon McCarthy injured and Ian Kennedy in the midst of a 10-game suspension.
Delgado gave up two runs and struck out six without a walk in seven innings of a 3-2 win over Miami on Tuesday.
"When he came up and threw (earlier this month) he wasn't as aggressive as he could be," Gibson said. "But you could see he shortened his motion and focused on locating the ball more. I think in spring training we were looking at a guy who was more of a thrower."
The right-hander went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against the Reds while pitching for Atlanta last season.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 7:21:19 AM EST|