|CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )|
MILWAUKEE ( HELLWEG )
|903||CINCINNATI||-145||Ov 9,+100||-170||Ov 9,-120|
|904||MILWAUKEE||+135||Un 9,-120||+160||Un 9,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-27||-3.8||31-28||4.5||0.248||0.319||3.8||0.242||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.4||1-6||3.6||0.242||0.306||2.7||0.182||0.265|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-30||-1.9||31-25||4.3||0.262||0.312||4.5||0.260||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||3-4||4.0||0.270||0.325||4.6||0.274||0.351|
|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)||3-4||L||-125||8 ov||U||11||9||1||11||9||0|
|7/9/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||0-2||L||-135||9 ev||U||3||4||0||4||4||0|
|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||CINGRANI(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||GALLARDO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||4-5||L||-135||8.5 un||O||9||5||2||11||11||0|
|6/27/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||2-7||L||-110||9 un||P||9||8||2||9||6||0|
|6/28/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||3-10||L||182||8 ov||O||10||9||2||12||6||0|
|6/29/2013||HAND(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||1-2||L||187||7.5 ov||U||7||7||0||6||3||0|
|6/30/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||1-2||L||130||8 un||U||4||4||0||8||12||2|
|7/1/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||5-10||L||175||7 ov||O||11||7||2||13||7||0|
|7/2/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||4-0||W||230||7.5 un||U||8||9||0||8||10||1|
|7/3/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)||4-1||W||125||8 ov||U||10||7||0||5||6||1|
|7/4/2013||HAND(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JORDAN(R)||5-8||L||150||8.5 un||O||10||8||2||11||7||0|
|7/5/2013||HELLWEG(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||5-12||L||-125||9 un||O||12||8||3||14||13||1|
|7/6/2013||GALLARDO(R)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)||7-6||W||-145||8.5 ov||O||12||9||0||10||9||2|
|7/7/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||1-2||L||-130||9 un||U||3||5||2||11||9||0|
|7/11/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|7/12/2013||HAND(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Brewers Preview* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Cincinnati (50-39) at Milwaukee (36-52), 2:10 p.m. EDT
While star Ryan Braun remains mired in controversy, the Milwaukee Brewers are in position to sweep their first series in almost three months.
They'll look to keep their collective focus and accomplish that feat by handing the Reds a sixth consecutive loss at Miller Park on Wednesday.
Wily Peralta tossed a three-hitter and Logan Schafer hit his first career homer - a two-run shot - in Milwaukee's 2-0 victory Tuesday.
The Brewers (37-52) have not won three straight since a four-game run June 7-10, and last swept a series April 19-21 from the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park.
Milwaukee's latest victory came in Braun's return from missing a month with a thumb injury. The former MVP went 1 for 3, but his return was overshadowed amid word he could be facing a suspension for allegedly failing to cooperate with the investigation of the Biogenesis case.
"We are still in the midst of an active investigation," MLB spokesperson Pat Courtney told the league's official website.
Braun is batting .304 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 58 games, but is 3 for 15 versus Cincinnati (50-40) this season.
The Reds have allowed nine runs but scored only four during their three-game slide. They've hit .203 and managed nine runs while losing five in a row at Milwaukee.
"The only left-handed hitter in the lineup hits a home run," Reds manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday. "When you're not going too good, these things happen."
Shin-Soo Choo had one of three Cincinnati hits, and is batting .345 in his last seven games.
Joey Votto, 2 for 14 in the last four, had his nine-game hitting streak at Miller Park end with an 0-for-3 night Tuesday.
Cincinnati's Mike Leake (7-4, 2.73 ERA) takes the mound looking to bounce back after he allowed four runs and two homers in five innings of a 4-2 loss to Seattle on Friday. He was 5-1 with a 1.31 ERA in his previous nine starts.
"It's one game," Leake told the Reds' official website. "I've been throwing the ball well so far. Get rid of (Friday's game)."
The right-hander has not faced the Brewers since 2011, when he posted a 4.91 ERA without a decision in three starts against them.
Milwaukee counters with Johnny Hellweg (0-2, 12.79), who hopes to rebound from Friday when he gave up seven runs - three earned - and seven hits with five walks in 3 2-3 innings of a 12-5 loss to the New York Mets in his second career start and first at home.
The right-hander has allowed 14 runs - eight earned - in 5 1-3 innings of his two starts.
"The potential he has is the stuff that he has," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He has a great fastball, a real good moving fastball. He's got a nice breaking ball. But he has to command those pitches. Unless you can command them in the big leagues, you're not going to do well."
Schafer has batted .300 (9 for 30) with five extra-base hits and five RBIs in eight games.
Cincinnati's Chris Heisey will not play after he was hit on the elbow with a pitch Tuesday.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 8:26:40 AM EST|