|CINCINNATI ( CUETO )|
HOUSTON ( BEDARD )
|923||CINCINNATI||-170||Ov 8,-105||-170||Ov 8,+100|
|924||HOUSTON||+160||Un 8,-115||+160||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||24-24||-4||17-28||3.7||0.239||0.305||3.5||0.228||0.279|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.8||3-4||3.3||0.236||0.295||3.9||0.236||0.323|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-69||-4.7||54-48||4.0||0.243||0.296||5.2||0.279||0.344|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.5||4-2||5.6||0.295||0.342||4.1||0.230||0.324|
|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)||5-6||L||-130||8 un||O||8||8||0||5||3||1|
|9/16/2013||CUETO(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|9/17/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||REYNOLDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||LATOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|9/23/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|9/5/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||3-2||W||240||7.5 ov||U||8||5||0||6||6||1|
|9/6/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||5-7||L||235||7.5 ov||O||11||9||2||13||10||1|
|9/7/2013||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||1-2||L||195||8 ov||U||5||3||1||10||8||0|
|9/8/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||2-7||L||235||8 ov||O||8||8||0||11||7||1|
|9/9/2013||COSART(R)||@ SEATTLE||WALKER(R)||6-4||W||155||7.5 ov||O||8||7||1||5||8||3|
|9/10/2013||LYLES(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||13-2||W||140||8 ov||O||17||11||1||5||9||1|
|9/11/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||6-1||W||135||9.5 un||U||11||5||1||5||8||0|
|9/13/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||9-7||W||+120||9 un||O||14||4||0||12||9||0|
|9/14/2013||OBERHOLTZER(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||2-6||L||+140||8 ov||P||9||8||1||9||7||0|
|9/15/2013||CLEMENS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||1-2||L||+145||9 ov||U||7||7||0||6||4||1|
|9/19/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||CLEMENS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|9/22/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|9/23/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.
|HOUSTON: HITTING: This season will mark Houston's final year in the National League. Look away, children, as the Astros launch into what is sure to be the crappiest victory lap in baseball history. Tiny 2B JOSE ALTUVE's jump from High-A to MLB starter says more about Houston's pitiful state than anything. He belongs in Triple-A. CHRIS JOHNSON won the starting 3B job as JIMMY PAREDES was optioned to Triple-A. Johnson was thought to have 25-homer power, but last year he slugged just .378. 1B CARLOS LEE is in the twilight of a very productive career. Backup 1B BRETT WALLACE seems to be in the twilight of an unproductive one. OF BRIAN BOGUSEVIC has a low ceiling. But he's one of only a few recent draft picks who will even contribute. OF J.D. MARTINEZ doesn't blame you if you haven't heard of him, but he's the team's best player who hits third in the lineup. SS JED LOWRIE was a nice little pickup for a mid-tier closer. But his platoon split is intense. C JASON CASTRO will probably play ahead of CHRIS SNYDER. OF JORDAN SCHAFER has yet to put things together; but he'll be starting in center on Opening Day. Fourth OF J.B. SHUCK is only 24, but doesn't have a whole lot of upside. |
STARTING PITCHING: WANDY RODRIGUEZ has been a durable, above-average starter for five years, yet every season his real-world team limits his wins. He'll be traded at some point this year. Don't shortchange BUD NORRIS. He's an underrated source of strikeouts, and has improved his command. J.A. HAPP really needs to cut down on his walk total. JORDAN LYLES couldn't legally drink until the second-to-last week of the season. He's in the big leagues way too soon. He's yet another young Astro who isn't terrible, but won't ever set the world on fire. KYLE WEILAND came from Boston with Jed Lowrie and should earn the final spot in the rotation. Texas-bred fireballer JARRED COSART, 21, is a legitimately exciting (but risky) prospect who Houston will probably rush up to the majors at some point this year.
RELIEF PITCHING: BRETT MYERS flummoxed the Astros' front office with a stinker of a season. He's probably closer to that pitcher than to the one who posted a career-best 3.14 ERA in 2010 at age 29, but he'll move the bullpen this year to get the rare opportunities to close out a game when this awful team is actually leading. WILTON LOPEZ was good in 2011, but was much better the previous season, when he may have been the most underrated reliever in the National League. Houston will go with him in the ninth if they want Myers to return to the rotation. BRANDON LYON has seen better days. He bombed early, then was shut down for good with a bicep injury. He intimidates nobody now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Astros Preview* =====================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Cincinnati (84-65) at Houston (51-97), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Sunday was a rather up-and-down day for the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds will look to bounce back from a blown lead as Johnny Cueto returns against the Houston Astros on Monday night.
The Reds' lead in the NL wild-card race dropped to 4 1/2 games over Washington after they failed to hold four-run seventh-inning lead Sunday in a 6-5 loss at Milwaukee. Four relievers gave up a run apiece, with Zach Duke surrendering a walk-off home run to rookie Sean Halton in the bottom of the ninth.
"That is probably as crushing of a defeat as we've had all year," starter Bronson Arroyo said.
The pain of Halton's home run was exacerbated by Jay Bruce's near three-run homer in the top of the frame, which was robbed by Carlos Gomez.
"We can still finish strong, but that is not going to take away the sting we feel today," manager Dusty Baker said. "You have to feel the sting today and get over it tomorrow because we have another series tomorrow. This does hurt. It really hurts."
After losing for the fourth time in six games, the Reds (84-66) will be happy to see Cueto make his first start since June 28.
Cincinnati's ace with a 19-9 record and a 2.78 ERA in 2012, Cueto (4-2, 3.33 ERA) was having a similarly successful 2013 season before a strained right lat muscle caused him to miss 2 1/2 months.
"He appears relatively ready from what we've seen," Baker told the team's official website. "It's worth the effort because he's Johnny Cueto. The more we get out of him tomorrow, the more we get out of him the next time, and who knows where he's going to be ready come playoff time."
Baker said Cueto would have a pitch count.
"It's kind of like a spring training game to get him ready," Baker said. "That gives us a tremendous boost."
He'll start in place of Tony Cingrani, out with a back injury. Baker said Cingrani may join the team for its weekend series at Pittsburgh.
Cueto, meanwhile, will try to pick up his third win in 13 starts against the Astros. He earned his second victory against Houston on April 28, 2012, with seven scoreless innings but was then tagged for four runs and nine hits in four innings of a 5-1 loss on September 9, 2012.
Cueto will face an Astros team that scored three runs over the final two games of its weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels. Houston had scored 34 runs and batted .336 over a prior four-game winning streak.
Erik Bedard (4-10, 4.47) will also be making his return to the rotation, but under slightly different circumstances. The left-hander was moved to the bullpen after he went 0-6 with a 4.53 ERA in his last nine starts for the Astros (51-98). He was most troubled by wildness as he walked 31 in 49 2-3 innings.
Bedard looked strong on Sept. 8, however, pitching four scoreless innings out of the bullpen in a 7-2 loss at Oakland.
Manager Bo Porter told the Astros' official website that he welcomes the chance to be part of the postseason hunt starting Monday, even though his team is on the verge of becoming the first club to reach triple figures in losses in three consecutive seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06.
"I think it's good for our players to look to the other side of the field and see the type of intensity that those teams and their fans are going to bring to the ballpark with a playoff berth hanging in the balance," Porter said.
|Last Updated: 3/23/2018 7:35:25 PM EST|