|CINCINNATI ( LATOS )|
MILWAUKEE ( LOHSE )
|959||CINCINNATI||-150||Ov 7.5,+100||-140||Ov 7.5,+100|
|960||MILWAUKEE||+140||Un 7.5,-120||+130||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||59-40||+3.7||52-43||4.6||0.257||0.330||3.7||0.240||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+0.9||1-5||3.3||0.259||0.335||2.9||0.225||0.275|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-55||+0.4||49-53||4.0||0.252||0.305||4.2||0.255||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.2||2-4||4.3||0.255||0.316||3.9||0.232||0.289|
|8/30/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||6-9||L||-130||10 un||O||11||8||0||19||9||0|
|8/31/2013||REYNOLDS(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||8-3||W||105||10.5 un||O||13||7||1||7||3||0|
|9/1/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||4-7||L||-120||10 un||O||15||11||0||12||7||0|
|9/2/2013||LATOS(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||7-2||W||-120||7.5 un||O||12||10||0||4||3||0|
|9/3/2013||BAILEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||1-0||W||-140||8 un||U||5||6||0||2||4||0|
|9/4/2013||ARROYO(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||4-5||L||-115||8 un||O||10||9||1||12||7||0|
|9/5/2013||CINGRANI(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-2||W||-150||8 un||P||10||11||0||5||4||0|
|9/6/2013||LEAKE(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||3-2||W||-120||9 un||U||7||6||0||5||2||0|
|9/7/2013||LATOS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-3||W||-120||7.5 ov||U||11||11||1||10||9||0|
|9/8/2013||BAILEY(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-2||W||+115||6.5 ov||U||6||7||1||6||4||0|
|9/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||0-2||L||-175||7.5 ov||U||7||9||0||7||6||0|
|9/10/2013||CINGRANI(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||1-9||L||-250||8 ov||O||10||9||1||13||8||0|
|9/11/2013||LEAKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-0||W||-170||8.5 un||U||8||6||0||6||7||0|
|9/13/2013||LATOS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HELLWEG(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|9/16/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||LATOS(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|8/30/2013||PERALTA(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||0-5||L||+115||8 ov||U||6||13||0||8||4||1|
|8/31/2013||ESTRADA(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||5-6||L||-125||8.5 ev||O||12||7||0||12||5||1|
|9/1/2013||LOHSE(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||3-5||L||-110||8 ov||P||4||4||0||11||6||1|
|9/6/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||5-8||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||10||8||1||13||6||0|
|9/7/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||5-3||W||130||10.5 ov||U||5||9||1||6||4||1|
|9/8/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BAKER(R)||3-1||W||-125||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||3||3||0|
|9/10/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-4||L||175||8.5 un||U||7||8||2||6||8||0|
|9/11/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-5||L||135||8 un||U||6||6||1||6||4||1|
|9/12/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||5-3||W||160||8 un||P||11||6||0||6||4||2|
|9/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||ESTRADA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||THORNBURG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)|| |
|9/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|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 MATT BECKER STATS Editor
Cincinnati (83-64) at Milwaukee (62-82), 8:10 p.m. EDT
A stretch of games against three of baseball's worst teams would seem to be just what the Cincinnati Reds need to all but lock down a playoff spot.
The Reds, however, just dropped two of three to the NL Central cellar dwellers, and have had problems lately against the division's fourth-place team.
Cincinnati hopes to shake its struggles against the Milwaukee Brewers as it opens its final road trip of the season Friday night.
After opening a 10-game homestand by taking six of seven from St. Louis and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Reds (83-64) suffered a bit of a letdown by losing back-to-back games to the Chicago Cubs before winning Wednesday's series finale 6-0.
"We needed it big-time," manager Dusty Baker told the Reds' official website. "We hated to let the Cubs get out of here with two, but it would have been worse with three."
Washington took full advantage of Cincinnati's slight struggles, pulling within 5 1/2 games for the NL's second wild-card spot.
The Reds would appear to have a good chance to keep the Nationals at bay with games against the Brewers followed by three in Houston, but Cincinnati has lost four of its last six with Milwaukee. It has also dropped seven of 10 at Miller Park.
"We've had some trouble here with Milwaukee the last couple of series, so we owe them one," Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco said. "We need to go out there and prove what kind of team we actually are."
The Brewers (63-82) didn't do the Reds any favors by losing two of three in St. Louis. The Cardinals and Pittsburgh are tied atop the NL Central, 2 1/2 games ahead of Cincinnati.
"We're in a (pennant) race all right," Milwaukee rookie Sean Halton said after Thursday's 5-3 win over the Cardinals, "a race to knock someone else out."
Joey Votto appears to have broken out of his slump by going 9 for 18 with six walks in his last six games. He is batting .348 (8 for 23) lifetime against scheduled starter Kyle Lohse (9-9, 3.59 ERA).
The Reds give the ball to Mat Latos (14-5, 3.02), who makes his second attempt at surpassing last season's win total for a new career high.
Latos gave up three runs and nine hits in seven innings in Saturday's 4-3, 10-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He surrendered his first home run in nine starts, and is 6-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 10 outings since the All-Star break.
One of those defeats came against the Brewers, though he pitched well enough to win. Latos gave up two runs over seven innings in Milwaukee on Aug. 17, but was saddled with a 2-0 loss. He has permitted two runs or less in four of five starts versus the Brewers since the start of last season.
Lohse also usually stymies the Reds, posting a 1.96 ERA in his last nine starts against them dating to 2009.
The right-hander, however, was tagged for a season-worst seven runs and 11 hits over five innings in Friday's 8-5 loss to the Cubs. That showing came 10 days after he yielded five runs and a career-high 13 hits in 5 1-3 innings in Pittsburgh.
"You're gonna have starts like that," Lohse said. "You look around, guys have those starts. It is frustrating that it's two out of three, but I look at the season as a whole."
Excluding those two duds, Lohse is 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA since the All-Star break.
Carlos Gomez is 6 for 12 with two homers, a double and a triple lifetime against Latos, while Jean Segura is 5 for 10 with a home run against the right-hander.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 1:20:13 PM EST|