|PITTSBURGH ( BURNETT )|
CINCINNATI ( LATOS )
|903||PITTSBURGH||+135||Ov 8,-105||+130||Ov 8,+110|
|904||CINCINNATI||-145||Un 8,-115||-140||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-29||+22.5||29-44||3.7||0.240||0.300||3.3||0.221||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.7||1-6||2.7||0.246||0.301||2.4||0.206||0.273|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-28||-1.6||33-30||4.6||0.251||0.322||3.7||0.241||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||3-3||4.3||0.260||0.345||3.4||0.238||0.295|
|7/6/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||1-4||L||-115||9 un||U||5||5||1||7||6||0|
|7/7/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||3-4||L||-145||9 ov||U||9||9||2||8||7||1|
|7/12/2013||MORTON(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||3-2||W||-145||7.5 un||U||6||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/13/2013||BURNETT(R)||NY METS||TORRES(R)||4-2||W||-170||7.5 un||U||10||8||0||8||10||0|
|7/14/2013||COLE(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||2-4||L||-155||7.5 un||U||9||9||0||9||6||2|
|7/19/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||3-5||L||-110||7.5 ev||O||10||8||1||8||6||0|
|7/20/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|7/22/2013||MORTON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||COLE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JORDAN(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|7/25/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|7/26/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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)||2-5||L||-115||7 un||P||7||6||0||11||7||0|
|7/14/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||8-4||W||-105||7.5 un||O||11||8||1||9||8||0|
|7/22/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||KICKHAM(L)|| |
|7/23/2013||CINGRANI(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|7/24/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|7/25/2013||LATOS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|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 (PITTSBURGH-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Reds Preview* ======================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (56-37) at Cincinnati (53-42), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds wouldn't mind a repeat of last year's performance out of the All-Star break.
Backed by excellent pitching, the Reds will look to move a step closer to the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates when they play host to their division rivals Saturday afternoon.
The Reds, who won 19 of 22 out of the break last season to take over first place in the NL Central, got off to a solid start Friday night, beating the Pirates 5-3.
"That's a great win to start the second half of the season," All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips said. "We're playing a great team. It's time to have some fun and wipe out the mistakes of the first half."
The Reds (54-42) have stayed afloat in the division race through strong pitching. They have a 2.83 ERA over their last 16 games with a .206 average against. That has helped compensate for an offense that has been held to three runs or fewer in eight of those 16 games.
Mat Latos (8-3, 3.53 ERA) is one of the few Cincinnati pitchers who haven't pitched well of late, yielding four-plus runs in consecutive starts for the first time this season. He allowed six runs and nine hits in a season-low four innings of a 6-5 loss to Atlanta on July 11.
"He got a few balls in the heart of the plate," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "That's probably the worst outing Mat's had since he's been here."
The right-hander will attempt to earn his first win in four tries against Pittsburgh this season. The Pirates (56-38) had lost all six games facing Latos entering 2013, but they have won all three of Latos' starts this season. Most recently, on June 18, Latos suffered his first loss against the Pirates, surrendering three runs in five innings, despite nine strikeouts.
Latos has dominated several of the Pirates' key cogs, holding Garrett Jones to 3 for 22 with nine strikeouts, while also faring well against Andrew McCutchen (1 for 9) and Starling Marte (2 for 8 with four strikeouts) in 2013.
Pittsburgh will counter with A.J. Burnett (4-6, 3.06), who has pitched well but has yet to win since missing nearly a month with a tear in his right calf. Burnett has a 2.53 ERA in two starts back from the disabled list, but the lack of run support that plagued him before his injury has continued. He has just one victory over his last nine starts, with only 16 runs of support during that span.
Burnett wasn't terribly sharp Saturday against the Mets, allowing seven hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings, but was able to minimize the damage by allowing two runs in a 4-2 win.
Pittsburgh, which has averaged 2.6 runs per game while losing six of nine, hit three solo homers in the sixth inning Friday, but failed to score a run on five hits in the other eight frames. They can at least take solace in Russell Martin's home run, however. The catcher entered the All-Star break mired in a 2-for-21 (.095) slump before recording his first long ball since June 25 and his first multi-hit game since July 3.
Phillips, meanwhile, has knocked in 13 runs in his last six games, including a bases-clearing double Friday.
"It's my job to try to drive men in," Phillips said. "I've been doing it all year. That's what it's all about."
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 7:31:17 AM EST|