|CINCINNATI ( BAILEY )|
ATLANTA ( MINOR )
|951||CINCINNATI||+125||Ov 7.5,-110||-115||Ov 7,+100|
|952||ATLANTA||-135||Un 7.5,-110||+105||Un 7,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-13||+2.2||12-17||3.9||0.250||0.320||3.5||0.218||0.278|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||2-5||4.6||0.270||0.344||3.3||0.220||0.292|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-30||-0.8||35-28||4.4||0.251||0.320||3.5||0.251||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||5-1||5.6||0.267||0.329||4.4||0.258||0.320|
|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)||6-2||W||-165||9 un||U||9||8||0||4||4||1|
|7/11/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||5-6||L||100||7.5 un||O||10||6||1||11||8||3|
|7/12/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||4-2||W||120||7.5 un||U||10||9||0||4||3||0|
|7/13/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|7/14/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|7/5/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||4-5||L||140||7.5 un||O||9||6||1||10||6||0|
|7/6/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||13-4||W||-120||8.5 ov||O||19||10||0||9||5||1|
|7/7/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||3-7||L||-150||9 ev||O||10||10||1||10||6||0|
|7/8/2013||MINOR(L)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||7-1||W||-150||8 un||P||9||6||0||8||12||2|
|7/9/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||6-4||W||-155||7.5 un||O||11||9||1||7||5||2|
|7/10/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||2-6||L||-125||7.5 un||O||6||6||1||11||12||0|
|7/19/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|ATLANTA: HITTING: The Braves were 27th in the majors in steals last year, but that number should rise with a full season of speedster OF MICHAEL BOURN, who was acquired from Houston last July. OFs MARTIN PRADO and JASON HEYWARD comprise the corner outfield spots, and are both are looking to bounce back after disappointing, injury-riddled 2011 campaigns. 2B DAN UGGLA smacked a career-best 36 HR in his first year with Atlanta, his fifth straight 30-homer season. Steady veterans C BRIAN McCANN and 3B CHIPPER JONES comprise a solid middle of the lineup. McCann has four straight 20-HR, 70-RBI seasons, while Jones, who turns 40 in April, has a career .402 on-base percentage. 1B FREDDIE FREEMAN was the N.L.'s best offensive rookie last year, batting .282 with 21 HR and 76 RBI. The starting shortstop will be one of two highly-touted, 22-year-old prospects, TYLER PASTORNICKY or ANDRELTON SIMMONS. |
STARTING PITCHING: Even with significant injuries to three starters, the Braves rotation still ranked ninth in the majors in ERA (3.73), thanks to TIM HUDSON posting a 3.22 ERA in 215 innings. The right-hander was lights-out at Turner Field again, going 10-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. But he'll be out at least a month because of back problems. JAIR JURRJENS was outstanding through the end of July (12-3, 2.38 ERA), but a knee strain bothered him in August and shut him down for September. Although many teams inquired about Jurrjens in the offseason, it doesn't look like the Braves want to deal him just yet. TOMMY HANSON is another young star (25) that had to be shut down in early August due to a partially torn rotator cuff. His ERA was a career-worst 3.60, but he notched a career-best 9.8 K/9 rate. BRANDON BEACHY, also 25, posted a whopping 10.7 K/9 ratio with a respectable ERA (3.68) and WHIP (1.21). Atlanta is loaded with young pitchers, but expect MIKE MINOR (5-3, 4.14 ERA) and RANDALL DELGADO to start in the majors, with JULIO TEHERAN, who has the most upside of the trio, to begin 2012 in Triple-A.
RELIEF PITCHING: CRAIG KIMBREL exceeded all expectations last year, establishing himself as one of the best closers in the game. He struck out an eye-popping 14.8 batters per nine (127 K in 77 IP), and converted 46-of-54 (85%) save chances. Even though Kimbrel's job as a closer is probably locked down for the next decade, the Braves have two other great relievers, both lefties. JONNY VENTERS posted a 1.84 WHIP and .176 opponents' BA in 88 innings, and is next in line for saves (five in 2011) should Kimbrel suffer an injury. Fellow southpaw ERIC O'FLAHERTY had a 0.98 ERA (8 ER in 73.2 IP) and 32 holds, just three fewer than Venters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Braves Preview* =====================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Cincinnati (52-41) at Atlanta (53-40), 4:05 p.m. EDT
It would be hard to come up with two more disparate starts than Homer Bailey's last two.
The right-hander will look to bounce back and lead the Cincinnati Reds to a second straight victory over a depleted Atlanta Braves squad on Saturday.
Bailey (5-7, 3.70 ERA) followed his no-hitter against San Francisco on July 2 by giving up a season-high 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings in Milwaukee on Monday. Despite surrendering 14 baserunners, he ultimately allowed just four runs in a 4-3 loss.
"He got out of some tough jams," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Bailey walked three, hit a batter and struck out three.
"It was just one of those days," he said. "Just never could find a rhythm."
Bailey also wasn't in rhythm in his lone start of the season against the Braves on May 7, when he gave up four runs, five hits and a season-high four walks in five innings of a 5-4 loss, but didn't get the decision. He was 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his first three starts versus Atlanta (53-40).
Bailey has held many of Atlanta's leading hitters in check, including Dan Uggla (3 for 15), Chris Johnson (0 for 9 with five strikeouts), Freddie Freeman (2 for 8), Brian McCann (1 for 7) and Tyler Pastornicky (1 for 5).
Pastornicky, usually a backup outfielder, will likely play Saturday as Atlanta contends with an injury-plagued outfield. B.J. Upton strained his right adductor muscle and Justin Upton strained his left calf Friday, joining Jason Heyward (strained right hamstring), Jordan Schafer (right ankle) and Evan Gattis (oblique) on the bench.
"There must be something in the water," B.J. Upton said.
Schafer is the only one currently expected to miss a lot of time, but it still creates a dilemma for manager Fredi Gonzalez.
"We're talking through it right now," Gonzalez said. "We've got three guys banged up."
Atlanta's outfield issues are the last thing Mike Minor (8-4, 3.05) needs. He has received 13 runs of support over his last five starts.
Minor, who last recorded a win June 9, had been scuffling with a 5.63 ERA in four starts leading into his Monday outing against Miami. He allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings, but failed to record a decision in the Braves' eventual 7-1 victory.
The left-hander, who held Cincinnati (52-41) to one run over seven innings in a 7-2 victory May 8, can't be looking forward to seeing Zack Cozart. The Reds shortstop has two home runs off Minor in seven at-bats, including one in May.
Overall, the Reds lineup has perked up. After plating four runs over a three-game skid, they have scored 15 while winning two of three.
Shin-Soo Choo, who went 3 for 13 during the Reds' losing streak, is 7 for his last 13 with two doubles. Brandon Phillips, who was 3 for his previous 23, is 5 for 13 over the Reds' last three games. Jay Bruce rebounded from a 1-for-10 slump with a 4-for-10 output over his last three games, though he hasn't homered since he hit five from June 19 through June 22.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 6:32:18 PM EST|