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Reds Series Preview

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Probable Pitching Matchups

Scouting Reports Courtesy of MLB.com

Tuesday at 6:10pm CT – Jeff Samardzija vs. Bronson Arroyo

Samardzija was back on track in his last start vs. the Cardinals, striking out a personal-high nine over 6 2/3 shutout innings. He’ll miss Wrigley, where he’s given up one earned run over 15 1/3 innings. In a no-decision Wednesday vs. the Giants, Arroyo was touched for nine hits over five innings. Nevertheless, only two runs crossed, which was important as it allowed the Reds to come back and win after his departure.

Wednesday at 6:10pm CT – Paul Maholm vs. Homer Bailey

Maholm will be trying to extend his winning streak to three games, a dramatic turnaround from his first two starts when he went 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA. In his last two outings he’s 2-0, including holding the Phillies to one run on Friday. In his last start, a no-decision vs. the Giants on Thursday, Bailey took advantage of an aggressive lineup. San Francisco was retired in order on six pitches in the fifth inning and nine pitches in the sixth, when Bailey only had 72 pitches thrown.

Thursday at 11:35am CT – Ryan Dempster vs. Mike Leake

Dempster is scheduled to come off the disabled list to make his fourth start of the season. He’s still looking for his first win despite posting a 1.33 ERA in his first three starts, when the Cubs scored a total of four runs for him. Leake hasn’t been very good lately with 16 runs (13 earned) allowed over 15 2/3 innings in his last three starts. With Aroldis Chapman potentially waiting in the wings, a good start could help Leake significantly.

Notes From the Enemy

Courtesy of Jason Linden from Redleg Nation

Have things changed that much in a week and a half? Yes. Since the last time someone from Redleg Nation wrote one of these, the formerly anemic offense has averaged 5 1/3 runs per game. This helps explain why the Reds are suddenly back at .500 and 7-3 over their last ten games. This is supposed to be a good hitting club and what you should not expect the struggles that preceded the recent stretch to return.

Scott Rolen is deadweight, right? Don’t be so sure. While he is old (37) and his numbers look terrible, he has been crazy unlucky this year. He’s hitting only .208 on balls he puts in play, which is simply unsustainably bad. Add to that, his batted-ball profile, which indicates that he should have at least a decent average and you have someone who should be a solid, if no longer imposing hitter.

What’s up with the starting pitching?  In terms of the guys you’ll see in this series, don’t be fooled by early-season stat lines. Bailey is the one who seems to be getting results more or less consistent with what he’s doing. Arroyo is better than last year (hard to imagine him worse), but he’s not this good. Leake’s poor performance has been very surprising. He’s given up a lot of line drives, which is scary, but his Pitchf/x for this year are totally consistent with years past. That is, his pitches are moving in the same way and travelling at the same speeds as they have for the last two years. So either the league has suddenly figured him out or, you know, it’s early.

 

  • Homer will eat Maholm’s lunch, but the other two are surprisingly winnable.

  • Homer will eat Maholm’s lunch, but the other two are surprisingly winnable.

  • Jedi

    Interesting series – some winnable games assuming we get the good Samardzija and Dempster picks up where he left off.  Put up decent offensive numbers in Philly – would like to see that improve in Cincy.

  • Doug Bagley

    storming here in Cincy.  I think the game will still get played but no chance it starts on time

    • Are you heading to the game, Doug?

      • Doug Bagley

        of course Lizzie! Never miss the cubbies when they’re in town! Gotta represent VFTB Cincy chapter 🙂

      • I know you’ll do us proud, Doug!!!! Hope it clears up for you!!!

      • Doug Bagley

        Thanks Lizzie!!! When I catch Geo’s homer I’ll mail it to you

      • I know you’ll do us proud, Doug!!!! Hope it clears up for you!!!

      • Doug Bagley

        Thanks Lizzie!!! When I catch Geo’s homer I’ll mail it to you

  • Doug Bagley

    storming here in Cincy.  I think the game will still get played but no chance it starts on time

    • Are you heading to the game, Doug?

  • Buddy

    Assuming weather doesn’t wreck the schedule, I’ll say the Cubs drop two of three. 

    • Jedi

      The weather’s already done us a favor – we can skip Maholm’s turn if we so choose!

      Sadly, I see we’ve just swapped him and Dempster…probably weren’t going to beat the Dodgers anyway, might as well let Maholm oversee that defeat.

  • Buddy

    Assuming weather doesn’t wreck the schedule, I’ll say the Cubs drop two of three. 

    • Jedi

      The weather’s already done us a favor – we can skip Maholm’s turn if we so choose!

      Sadly, I see we’ve just swapped him and Dempster…probably weren’t going to beat the Dodgers anyway, might as well let Maholm oversee that defeat.

  • Doug Bagley

    bummer 🙁 no game tonight

    • So sorry, Doug!! Will you have a chance to go tonight or tomorrow, or was last night your only opportunity?

      • Doug Bagley

        I’m going to both games! I only live 5 mins. from GABP so its luckily very convenient for me!  Rain shouldn’t be an issue either game but its going to be pretty warm (especially wed.) 

  • Doug Bagley

    bummer 🙁 no game tonight

    • So sorry, Doug!! Will you have a chance to go tonight or tomorrow, or was last night your only opportunity?

  • BLPCB

    If the Reds give the Dust Bag an extension, the series will be a success

  • AC0000000

    If the Reds give the Dust Bag an extension, the series will be a success

  • Jedi

    Marmol with a three batter/three out save…please trade before he has a chance to mess it up tomorrow.

  • Jedi

    Marmol with a three batter/three out save…please trade before he has a chance to mess it up tomorrow.