Apr 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Reds/Pirates Game 1 Preview and Game Thread – 4/12/13


As has been pointed out more than once on BRM within the past 24 hours, yesterday’s day off for the Good Guys was a day off they sorely needed. Yes, 10-0 is a bitter pill to force down. And in case you’re wondering, no one in Redsland is happy that the drubbing came at the hands of the Cardinals.

Now the Reds will visit Pittsburgh and PNC Park to take on the offensive-deficient Pirates. Why do I say offensive-deficient? All you have to do is look at the NL batting stats.

(Side note: According to weather.com, there’s actually a chance it might not rain when the Reds are in town. But we all know how weather can go…)

Yes, the 2013 season is only 9 games old, but the Buccos have displayed issues with putting the bat on the ball. In comparing the Reds, Pirates and the NL averages, you will see.

Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
CIN 9 377 328 52 83 16 1 12 49 3 1 34 82 0.253 0.333 0.418
PIT 9 307 275 21 42 10 1 2 21 7 3 26 83 0.153 0.230 0.218
LgAvg 9 342 305 39 76 15 1 9 37 4 2 28 71 0.251 0.319 0.398

Stats taken from Baseball Reference.

Only the Miami Marlins have scores less runs than the Pirates. Pittsburgh is also last in the NL in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging and tied with the Marlins for last in home runs.

Tonight’s Probables:

March 5, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake (44) throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning during a spring training game. Photo Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Reds: Mike Leake
2013: 0-0, 6.00 ERA, 1.667 WHIP
Career v. PIT: 2-3, 3.20, 1.237
Career @ PNC Park: 0-3, 2.68, 1.189
Last appearance v. PIT: 9/29/12 – ND)

There was already a local sport talk radio personality wondering aloud (actually, on Twitter, go fig) as to how short a leash Leake is on considering the success in which Tony Cingrani has had in his first two starts in Louisville. It’s two starts…at Triple-A. Prior to this season, Cingrani has not pitched at that level. Are we now rushing him as some want to do with Billy Hamilton now? Sheesh…

After last night, I dare say the Los Angeles Dodgers might be willing to look at Leake. They dealt former Red Aaron Harang. I doubt the Dodgers would be the only team in that boat, too.

Pirates batters v. Leake

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Andrew McCutchen 33 30 6 0 0 1 3 2 8 .200 .273 .300 0 0 0 1 0
Garrett Jones 32 28 9 2 0 1 6 1 2 .321 .323 .500 0 2 0 0 0
Neil Walker 25 20 7 4 0 1 9 4 3 .350 .440 .700 0 1 0 0 2
Pedro Alvarez 21 18 4 1 0 0 0 3 5 .222 .333 .278 0 0 0 0 1
Jose Tabata 19 17 7 2 1 0 1 2 3 .412 .474 .647 0 0 0 0 1
Michael McKenry 14 12 2 0 0 1 2 1 3 .167 .214 .417 0 1 0 0 0
Clint Barmes 13 11 3 2 0 0 2 1 1 .273 .333 .455 1 0 1 0 0
James McDonald 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
Josh Harrison 9 8 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 .375 .444 .750 0 0 0 1 0
Russell Martin 7 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .429 .429 .429 0 0 0 0 0
Gaby Sanchez 7 5 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 .200 .429 .800 0 0 0 0 0
Wandy Rodriguez 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 0
Travis Snider 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 1 0 0 0
Total 197 171 45 11 1 6 27 16 34 .263 .325 .444 2 5 1 2 5
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Generated 4/12/2013.


Leake had five starts against the Pirates last season. The Reds were 2-3 in those games while Leake was 1-1 with the win coming at GABP.

Pirates: A.J. Burnett
2013: 0-2, 3.27 ERA, 1.364 WHIP
Career v. CIN: 5-5, 4.06, 1.301
Career @ PNC Park: 9-8, 3.07, 1.222
Last appearance v. CIN: 9/28/12 – L)

In case you’re wondering, that loss that Burnett was tagged with last September was facing Homer Bailey when Bailey tossed his no-no. Last season, Burnett kept the Reds in check. His record may have been 3-2, but he held the Reds to a triple slash of .186/.254/.237. Burnett never allowed more than three runs in any outing and in both losses, the final scores were 2-1 and 1-0. I would dare say he was pretty successful against the Reds last season.

Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle did keep Burnett on his “normal” rest, so that would be why the Pirates probables for this series sits as it does.

Reds batters v. Burnett

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Cesar Izturis 31 27 6 2 0 0 0 1 5 .222 .276 .296 2 0 0 1 0
Shin-Soo Choo 21 18 3 1 0 1 1 3 4 .167 .286 .389 0 0 1 0 1
Jack Hannahan 21 19 4 1 0 0 1 2 8 .211 .286 .263 0 0 0 0 0
Jay Bruce 19 15 2 1 0 0 3 2 5 .133 .211 .200 0 2 0 0 1
Brandon Phillips 17 16 5 0 0 0 1 0 3 .313 .294 .313 0 1 0 0 0
Zack Cozart 14 14 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 .286 .286 .357 0 0 0 0 0
Joey Votto 12 10 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .300 .417 .300 0 0 0 0 0
Todd Frazier 11 10 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .100 .091 .100 0 1 0 0 1
Ryan Hanigan 11 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .091 .091 .091 0 0 0 0 1
Chris Heisey 10 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 .200 .200 .200 0 0 0 0 0
Homer Bailey 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .167 .286 .167 0 0 0 0 0
Johnny Cueto 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Devin Mesoraco 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Xavier Paul 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 179 160 32 6 0 1 8 12 40 .200 .254 .256 2 4 1 1 4
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Generated 4/12/2013.


Starting lineups:

Reds BA OBP SLG HR RBI   Pirates BA OBP SLG HR RBI
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF .371 .511 .686 3 6   1. Starling Marte (R) LF .333 .368 .444 0 4
2. Chris Heisey (R) LF .161 .188 .323 1 3   2. Neil Walker (S) 2B .103 .235 .103 0 2
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B .290 .500 .387 0 2   3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF .233 .314 .433 1 6
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B .308 .333 .564 2 8   4. Garrett Jones (L) 1B .250 .250 .375 1 3
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF .286 .318 .381 0 5   5. Russell Martin (R) C .043 .185 .087 0 0
6. Jack Hannahan (L) 3B .500 .500 .500 0 1   6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B .067 .097 .067 0 1
7. Zack Cozart (R) SS .129 .125 .323 2 5   7. Travis Snider (L) RF .214 .313 .286 0 2
8. Devin Mesoraco (R) C .125 .364 .125 0 0   8. Clint Barmes (R) SS .087 .125 .174 0 0
9. Mike Leake (R) P .500 .500 .500 0 0   9. A.J. Burnett (R) P .000 .000 .000 0 0

The first question that will pop out of any Reds fans mouth (or tweet) will be the “absence” of Todd Frazier. Nothing on Twitter (as of this writing) as to why no ToddFather. I can only speculate that give him another day off. We know Dusty likes to do those kind of things. No surprise that Mes gets the nod as Leake is pitching.

For Clint Hurdle’s Pirates, not shocked at this lineup either. Having Jones at first and Snider in right against Leake is the exact thing to do since lefties hit him a little better than righties (.283 v. LHB, .268 v. RHB). That all out, Leake does have roughly the same SO% and BB% regardless if it’s a lefty (163 SO and 67 BB in 1,040 PA) or righty (166 SO and 65 BB in 1,042 PA) at the dish.

Game time is 7:05 PM ET.

Almost forgot…

Why do I have this on here? Apparently, there’s chatter in PGH about a bench-clearing brawl. You know, getting back because of when Chappy nailed Cutch last season. A move the Buccos thought was intentional. I’ve read a coupe of Pirates fans tweets. One said they should worry about winning. Another stated that since it happened last season, it’s over.

Agree with tweet #1, dispute tweet #2. The above video is clear evidence as to why you never know when retaiation will occur. Greinke popped Quentin when Greinke was a Royal and Quentin was a member of the White Sox. The incident took place in 2009.

Completely stupid and unnecessary.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Josh Bresser

    Terrible Pirates baserunning. Hope Leake can get out of this.

  • Josh Bresser

    Nope

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Oh my word…Just got back in and saw the score.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    I see some of those Pirates averages will change for tomorrow’s game…

  • Josh Bresser

    4 run lead for Burnett is not good.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      He won’t give up that many runs to the Reds. He was tough on ‘em last year.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Maybe a couple of runs here? Please?

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    A good start…Let’s see what Cozart can do.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    It’s a run anyway…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Seven whiffs, eh?

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Maybe Leake needs to grow the hair again?

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Not going to jinx it…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Sean Casey just loves food, Kelch.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Here we go about the Votto power outage…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Nothing doing that inning.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Hannahan with two hits, huh?

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Mes driving in a run! Only down a pair now.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    And Burnett is at 100 pitches.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    And BP cranks his second homer of the evening to knot the game at 5 all. WOW!!! I guess he’ll be known as Boo Phillips in Pittsburgh, too.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Oops…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    At least the damage was limited to one run…glass half-full?

  • metalhead65

    leake can trade places with cingrani any time now. sick of hearing about how young he is and he will get it straightened out. if he has not by now he is not going to. and so the looking up at the cardinals in the standings has begun but hey it’s early right?

  • http://twitter.com/jdmilem John milem

    Hoover has to go ! Hoover has to go! Hoover has to go ! Hoover has to go !