|SEATTLE ( SAUNDERS )|
CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )
|979||SEATTLE||+185||Ov 9,-125||+170||Ov 8.5,-115|
|980||CINCINNATI||-200||Un 9,+105||-180||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-34||-9||28-27||3.6||0.241||0.304||4.5||0.255||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.5||5-2||4.9||0.274||0.343||5.1||0.258||0.300|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-12||+4||12-16||4.0||0.252||0.324||3.5||0.219||0.280|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||3-4||5.3||0.271||0.341||2.6||0.155||0.242|
|6/28/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-4||W||-150||7 un||O||9||11||1||7||2||0|
|6/29/2013||HARANG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-5||L||+100||7 ov||O||10||8||0||10||6||0|
|6/30/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-7||L||-115||8 ov||O||10||7||1||9||6||0|
|7/2/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||9-2||W||150||9.5 un||O||13||8||1||11||9||1|
|7/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||4-2||W||130||8 un||U||10||9||0||8||7||0|
|7/4/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||4-5||L||130||8.5 un||O||14||13||1||8||3||2|
|7/5/2013||HARANG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||4-2||W||182||8.5 ev||U||6||3||1||6||5||0|
|7/6/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-13||L||235||8.5 un||O||8||11||2||13||8||0|
|7/7/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|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)||3-7||L||140||7.5 ev||O||10||11||0||7||4||0|
|6/26/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||0-5||L||110||7.5 ov||U||2||4||0||8||5||1|
|6/28/2013||CUETO(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||0-4||L||105||9.5 un||U||8||7||0||7||8||0|
|6/29/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||6-4||W||-105||9.5 ov||O||11||9||3||5||6||1|
|6/30/2013||LATOS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||2-3||L||135||8 ev||U||6||8||1||8||9||0|
|7/1/2013||ARROYO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||KICKHAM(L)||8-1||W||-155||8.5 ev||O||11||4||0||2||2||0|
|7/2/2013||BAILEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||3-0||W||-175||8.5 un||U||7||8||0||0||1||1|
|7/3/2013||CINGRANI(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||3-2||W||-175||8.5 ov||U||10||11||0||5||12||0|
|7/8/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HELLWEG(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|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 (SEATTLE-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Reds Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Seattle (38-48) at Cincinnati (49-37), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Bronson Arroyo has seemingly been a different pitcher at Great American Ball Park, experiencing much more success there compared to the road.
He'll look to stay hot in Cincinnati and help the Reds to a sixth win in eight games Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.
Arroyo (7-6, 3.50 ERA) hadn't seen a significant variation between his home and away starts in his first six seasons with Cincinnati, going 43-39 with a 3.95 ERA at home, compared to a 48-43 mark with a 4.23 ERA on the road.
This season, however, has been a different story.
The right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.42 ERA at home - with the Reds (50-37) winning nine of his 11 starts - while he's 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA in six outings at other stadiums. Arroyo's been particularly tough over his last seven starts in Cincinnati, compiling a 4-0 record and 1.71 ERA.
One of his more dominant outings came Monday as he limited San Francisco to a run and two hits in six innings. Arroyo was credited with his 14th career complete game and first since July 6, 2012, in a rain-shortened 8-1 victory.
"I'll take it," said Arroyo, who permitted a season-high seven runs over four innings in his previous start at Oakland on June 25. "It might be the only complete game I get all year. On the back of my baseball card 20 years from now, nobody will know the difference."
Including a 4-2 loss in Friday's series opener, the Reds averaged 3.0 runs while going 10-11 since a 12-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on June 11. They broke out of their offensive funk with Saturday's 13-4 victory over the Mariners (38-49), as Jay Bruce, Jack Hannahan and Cesar Izturis combined to go 7 for 12 with eight RBIs.
They helped chase Seattle starter Jeremy Bonderman after five innings in which he gave up six runs. Joe Saunders (6-8, 4.74) will try to pick up the staff after holding Texas to two runs despite 10 hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 9-2 road win Tuesday.
Saunders had previously logged his shortest outing of the season, surrendering six runs in 1 2-3 innings on June 25 against Pittsburgh.
"I wanted to work down in the zone and try to get ahead, something I haven't been doing, and throw strikes," he said after beating the Rangers.
The left-hander will have to overcome his past struggles against Cincinnati, having gone 0-2 with a 6.04 ERA in four starts.
Arroyo is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in four games - three starts - versus the Mariners, but hasn't seen them since 2007.
Although his strikeout per nine innings rate of 4.88 is one of the lowest in baseball, Arroyo could look to take advantage of a Seattle team that has been swinging and missing a lot lately. The Mariners struck out 14 times Saturday, bringing their total to 41 over the last four contests.
Kyle Seager was the only Seattle starter to not strike out Saturday, going 2 for 3 with a two-run homer. He's 12 for 23 with three home runs and seven RBIs during a six-game hitting streak.
Raul Ibanez sat out, but could look to extend his hitting streak to 12 games Sunday as he's 5 for 12 off Arroyo.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 11:14:40 AM EST|