|CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )|
OAKLAND ( MILONE )
|977||CINCINNATI||+120||Ov 7.5,-110||+135||Ov 7.5,-120|
|978||OAKLAND||-130||Un 7.5,-110||-145||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-10||+4||10-14||4.1||0.246||0.323||3.5||0.223||0.277|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3||1-5||3.0||0.216||0.280||4.0||0.240||0.310|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-23||+5.3||29-22||4.8||0.251||0.321||4.2||0.246||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||5-1||4.9||0.251||0.316||5.6||0.274||0.315|
|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)||4-2||W||-140||8.5 ev||U||8||6||1||8||9||1|
|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||LATOS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|7/1/2013||ARROYO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|7/2/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|6/11/2013||COLON(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||6-4||W||-115||7 un||O||9||3||0||10||9||0|
|6/12/2013||STRAILY(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-2||W||-110||7.5 un||U||8||10||1||4||6||0|
|6/13/2013||PARKER(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-2||W||-110||7.5 un||U||12||12||2||10||14||0|
|6/17/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||7-8||L||105||9.5 un||O||8||4||1||12||6||0|
|6/18/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||6-2||W||165||8 ev||P||7||5||1||3||4||1|
|6/19/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||4-9||L||-115||9.5 un||O||6||6||0||14||9||0|
|6/20/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)||3-4||L||-105||9.5 ov||U||12||13||0||8||5||1|
|6/21/2013||COLON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||6-3||W||-110||6.5 ov||O||8||1||0||8||5||0|
|6/22/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||5-7||L||-125||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||13||10||0|
|6/23/2013||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||3-6||L||-145||7.5 ov||O||8||8||0||7||2||0|
|6/28/2013||COLON(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||PARKER(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||MILONE(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Athletics Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Cincinnati (45-32) at Oakland (44-34), 10:05 p.m. EDT
While the Oakland Athletics have stumbled of late, manager Bob Melvin is hoping a much-needed day off will help them regroup.
The Athletics try to avoid losing three straight for the first time in six weeks Tuesday night when they open a two-game set against the visiting Cincinnati Reds.
After compiling a 2.53 ERA in winning 21 of 26, Oakland (44-34) has recorded a 5.00 ERA while dropping seven of 10. The A's saw their woes continue Sunday in the finale of a 2-5 road trip, losing 6-3 in 10 innings to Seattle after closer Grant Balfour gave up a game-ending three-run homer.
"We had a couple guys who weren't available and he's our best pitcher," Melvin said of Balfour, who suffered his first loss in nearly a year. "We were going to go with our best guy going into the day off (Monday)."
Oakland, which fell 7-5 the previous day, hasn't dropped three in a row since a season-worst five-game skid May 6-10.
Melvin's club just completed a stretch of 30 games in 31 days, having played on 13 straight before Monday.
"I think they might be a little bit tired right now, which probably is natural," Melvin told MLB's official website. "We've had some close games, and these guys have been in a lot of games. It taxes you. So this is going to be a good little opportunity to get some rest."
Winners in 14 of 19 against the NL dating to last year, the A's now turn their attention to the Reds (45-32). After Aroldis Chapman blew the save in Saturday's 4-3 walkoff loss at Arizona, Cincinnati snapped a three-game skid with Sunday's 4-2 victory as Shin-Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips both went deep.
"It was very important," Phillips said. "You never want to get swept. Just getting that win, we showed that we're still here. I felt like we should have won (Saturday). All you can do is learn from your mistakes and stay hungry. I'm glad we got the job done."
The Reds give the ball to Bronson Arroyo (6-5, 3.13 ERA), who is 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA over his last eight starts. The right-hander allowed one run in seven innings Wednesday in a 2-1, 13-inning victory over Pittsburgh.
Arroyo is 1-4 with a 6.94 ERA over his last six interleague outings, including a 1-1 record this year. He's 3-0 with a 2.80 ERA in his last five matchups against the A's, most recently yielding two runs in eight innings in a 4-2 victory by the Bay on June 22, 2010.
Chris Young is 4 for 21 in their matchups.
Oakland counters with Tommy Milone (6-7, 3.98), who gave up a season-worst six earned runs in 5 1-3 innings during Wednesday's 9-4 loss at Texas.
"It is really important you go out there and shut it down. Now Tommy has done that many times for us this year," Melvin said. "It just didn't happen."
Milone could benefit from getting back home, where he has a 2.48 ERA compared to 5.07 on the road. He'll need to be wary of Jay Bruce, who has hit an NL-leading 17 homers since May 8, including eight in his last 10 games.
Mired in an 8-for-53 slump, A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes could find himself facing Chapman - a fellow Cuban defector - for the first time. The two were teammates during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
The A's won these teams' first seven interleague meetings before losing four of the last five, most recently dropping all three in Oakland in 2010.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 11:02:40 AM EST|