|CINCINNATI ( LATOS )|
PITTSBURGH ( LIRIANO )
|907||CINCINNATI||+115||Ov 6.5,-120||+100||Ov 6.5,-120|
|908||PITTSBURGH||-125||Un 6.5,+100||-110||Un 6.5,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||25-24||-3||17-29||3.7||0.239||0.305||3.4||0.228||0.278|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||4-3||5.9||0.237||0.330||2.9||0.226||0.327|
|vs Right-handed Starters||71-52||+19.1||52-67||3.8||0.242||0.301||3.5||0.234||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.8||2-4||3.3||0.210||0.254||2.7||0.216||0.293|
|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)||6-1||W||-175||8 ov||U||7||7||0||7||6||1|
|9/17/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||10-0||W||-175||8.5 un||O||12||5||1||5||6||1|
|9/18/2013||REYNOLDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||6-5||W||-145||9 ev||O||9||15||0||13||16||1|
|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||CUETO(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||LEAKE(R)||NY METS||HARANG(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||LATOS(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|9/6/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||8-12||L||-110||7.5 un||O||13||12||1||16||5||2|
|9/7/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-5||L||150||7.5 ov||U||3||4||1||6||8||0|
|9/8/2013||MORTON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||2-9||L||120||7.5 ev||O||4||4||1||12||8||2|
|9/9/2013||COLE(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||1-0||W||155||7.5 un||U||6||4||0||4||5||0|
|9/10/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||5-4||W||115||8 ov||O||12||10||0||13||9||2|
|9/11/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ TEXAS||GARZA(R)||7-5||W||120||8 ov||O||12||8||0||9||6||0|
|9/12/2013||LOCKE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||3-1||W||-170||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||4||5||0|
|9/13/2013||MORTON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||4-5||L||-170||7 un||O||9||7||1||9||8||1|
|9/14/2013||COLE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||BAKER(R)||2-1||W||-185||7 un||U||5||4||0||5||6||0|
|9/15/2013||LIRIANO(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||3-2||W||-175||6.5 un||U||7||6||0||3||5||0|
|9/16/2013||BURNETT(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||0-2||L||-170||6.5 un||U||1||0||0||8||10||0|
|9/17/2013||LOCKE(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||2-5||L||-180||7 un||P||7||7||0||14||10||1|
|9/18/2013||MORTON(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-3||L||-165||7 un||U||3||0||0||6||6||0|
|9/19/2013||COLE(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||10-1||W||-185||7 un||O||14||10||0||5||8||1|
|9/23/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||COLE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Pirates Preview* ======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Cincinnati (87-66) at Pittsburgh (87-65), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Currently atop the wild-card standings, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds know what's at stake this weekend.
Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano goes toe-to-toe with Cincinnati's Mat Latos as these NL Central rivals open a crucial three-game set Friday night at PNC Park.
After managing four runs during a three-game skid, the Pirates (88-65) beat San Diego 10-1 on Thursday to move one game ahead of the Reds (87-66) in the wild-card standings and also one game behind St. Louis for the division lead. These teams play six of their final nine regular-season games against each other.
"We are going to hold our destiny in our hands the next week and a half," Latos told MLB's official website.
Pittsburgh has taken seven of 13 in the series, including four of six at home.
"It's going to be really exciting. I'm juiced," said Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, batting .350 during a 10-game hitting streak against the Pirates. "You're going to feel a little fall atmosphere. Hopefully, it's a little nippy out there. I love it like that. It keeps me in tune. Hopefully, it will be a packed house, and a lot of craziness will happen and we come out with victories."
While Liriano (16-7, 2.92 ERA) is enjoying the best season of his career, he has compiled a 4.41 ERA in losing each of his three starts against the Reds. Pittsburgh, though, has backed him with only one total run in those games.
The left-hander is 8-1 with a 1.37 ERA at home, with his only loss coming 2-0 to Cincinnati on June 1. Shin-Soo Choo is 6 for 27 with nine strikeouts in their matchups, and Jay Bruce is 0 for 8.
Liriano took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before surrendering a two-run homer in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs, resulting in his first no-decision.
"He battles and he competes," manager Clint Hurdle said of Liriano, who was removed after 107 pitches. "Francisco's a pro and he realizes it wouldn't benefit anyone for him to throw 130 pitches on Sept. 15."
Latos (14-6, 3.14) had gone 6-2 with a 2.15 ERA in his previous 10 starts before yielding all five runs in 6 2-3 innings last Friday in a 5-1 loss at Milwaukee.
"It's just one of those days where you just have to hit the reset button and go after them again the next time you go out," he said.
Latos is 5-1 with a 2.66 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 10 career starts against the Pirates spanning 61 innings. He has had his way with several of their hitters, including Pedro Alvarez (5 for 22), Clint Barmes (1 for 15), Garrett Jones (2 for his last 21) and Starling Marte (2 for 13).
Alvarez snapped an 0-for-18 slump with his 34th homer Thursday, tied for the most in the NL. Marte missed the game due to the birth of his first child, leaving his status for this one unclear.
The Reds are coming off a three-game sweep at Houston, winning 6-5 in 13 innings Wednesday. Bruce stayed hot with three hits and three RBIs, delivering a tiebreaking two-run double in the 13th.
The slugging right-fielder is 9 for 17 with a homer and 10 RBIs in his last four games.
Cincinnati also got a boost from speedster Billy Hamilton, who went 3 for 4 with two runs and became the first player since 1920 to steal four bases in his first big league start.
"My job is to steal bases, no matter how many I get," said Hamilton, who has nine steals in as many tries in eight games since getting called up Sept. 2. "That's a really big accomplishment for one game. So who knows what comes next."
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:36:44 PM EST|