|CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )|
MILWAUKEE ( GALLARDO )
|959||CINCINNATI||-135||Ov 7.5,-110||-125||Ov 8,+100|
|960||MILWAUKEE||+125||Un 7.5,-110||+115||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||60-41||+3.3||53-44||4.6||0.256||0.329||3.7||0.240||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.5||2-5||3.1||0.247||0.305||3.4||0.245||0.315|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-56||+0.8||50-54||4.0||0.252||0.306||4.2||0.255||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.2||1-5||3.4||0.232||0.320||3.4||0.195||0.265|
|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)||1-5||L||-145||7.5 un||U||4||4||1||9||8||0|
|9/14/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HELLWEG(R)||7-3||W||-190||8 ov||O||10||9||0||6||10||2|
|9/15/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|9/16/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|9/17/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||LATOS(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|9/20/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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||HELLWEG(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Cincinnati (83-65) at Milwaukee (64-82), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Winning a series at Miller Park for the first time in 16 months isn't likely to be easy for the Cincinnati Reds.
That's because they must face red-hot Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gollardo, who will try to slow the Reds' push for a playoff spot Sunday.
After dropping three of four, including a 5-1 loss to open this three-game set, Cincinnati (84-65) bounced back with a 7-3 victory Saturday. That helped the Reds stay close in a three-team battle for the NL Central while maintaining their advantage over surging Washington for the second wild-card spot.
"Every game, from my perspective, it's as important in April as it is in September," said Joey Votto, who hit his 23rd home run. "But, we've got a pretty good idea of what's happening around you. You have an idea of who's behind you and who's ahead of you, how many games you need to make up."
Cincinnati had dropped eight of 11 at Miller Park, where its last series win was May 7-9, 2012.
Despite Saturday's outburst, the Reds have scored 3.3 runs per game - a run lower than their season average - in their last 11. Those struggles could continue against Gallardo (11-9, 4.18 ERA), who looks to win a season-best fourth consecutive decision.
Since returning in mid-August from a stint on the disabled list because of a hamstring injury, the right-hander has returned to the form that helped him win a combined 33 games from 2011-12. Gallardo is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA over his last five starts, limiting opponents to a .198 average.
"I've been feeling good," Gallardo said. "That's the main thing and to be consistent. The year hasn't gone the way I wanted it to, but coming off the DL kind of refreshes the mental side and you can go out there and just pitch."
Gallardo pitched the Brewers (64-83) to a pair of victories over Cincinnati upon his return from injury, allowing two earned runs in 12 1-3 innings. He's 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA in his last five outings against the Reds.
Votto and Shin-Soo Choo went a combined 4 for 6 with two home runs and six RBIs Saturday, but they're 0 for 18 when facing Gallardo this season.
Cincinnati counters with right-hander Bronson Arroyo (13-11, 3.58), who has received just five runs of support over a three-start winless drought.
The Reds, however, have won all three of his starts against the Brewers this season as he's gone 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA. None of those games came in Milwaukee, where he's 5-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 11 career starts.
Rookie Scooter Gennett, 9 for 21 in his last six games, has gone 3 for 6 with a home run against Arroyo. Carlos Gomez is 3 for 19 lifetime in this matchup, but he's 5 for 7 with six RBIs in this series.
Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez hasn't played since getting hit on the left wrist by a pitch Friday, though he might be able to return for this contest.
The Brewers have a chance to win their first home series since sweeping Miami from July 19-21.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 3:16:57 PM EST|