Apr 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; LeBlanc throws during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Photo: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Marlins @ Reds: Starting Lineups and Pitching Matchups


Last night, the Reds answered a question many have wondered: How do you lose to the Marlins? Answer: Don’t score. Well, they did score one run, but that was in the first inning and not quite enough. Hopefully, today’s lineup will produce more than one.

And there’s a shocker…

Oh, and maybe there’s a way to keep Justin Ruggiano from hitting a ball out of the infield. That would be nice, wouldn’t it?

Starting Lineups:

Marlins   Reds
1. Juan Pierre (L) LF   1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF
2. Placido Polanco (R) 3B   2. Zack Cozart (R) SS
3. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF   3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Greg Dobbs (L) 1B   4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Justin Ruggiano (R) CF   5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Nick Green (R) SS   6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
7. Miguel Olivo (R) C   7. Chris Heisey (R) LF
8. Donovan Solano (R) 2B   8. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
9. Wade LeBlanc (L) P   9. Bronson Arroyo (R) P

We all know that Ryan Hanigan is Arroyo’s personal catcher, but Hani is nursing an injured thumb. Maybe it would have been best if Hani had rested last night and Mesoraco been behind the plate. Of course, that’s provided there was already an audience with Arroyo about this exact situation. Today will mark only the third start in which Mes will catch Bronson.

Starting Pitchers:

Miami Marlins
Wade LeBlanc (L)
2013: 0-3, 6.75 ERA, 1.705 WHIP
v. CIN: 2-0, 2.25 ERA, 0.917 WHIP
@ GABP: 2-0, 2.25 ERA, 0.917 WHIP
last appearance v. CIN (@GABP): 8/14/11 (W) – 6 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO

LeBlanc v. Reds Batters:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Jay Bruce 5 5 1 0 0 1 3 0 3 .200 .200 .800 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Phillips 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .400 .000 0 0 0 0 1
Joey Votto 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .333 .600 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Cesar Izturis 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Sam LeCure 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 19 15 3 0 0 1 3 4 4 .200 .368 .400 0 0 0 0 1
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Generated 4/20/2013.


Apr 15, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Arroyo pitches during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Great American Ball Park. The Reds defeated the Phillies 4-2. (Photo: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports)

Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (R)
2013: 2-1, 4.05 ERA, 1.000 WHIP
v. MIA: 1-4, 4.28 ERA @ GABP: 45-39, 3.93 ERA, 1.248 WHIP
last appearance v. MIA (@ MIA): 9/14/12 (L) – 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

Arroyo v. Marlins Batters:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Juan Pierre 38 37 12 1 1 0 0 1 2 .324 .342 .405 0 0 0 0 0
Placido Polanco 29 28 8 0 1 1 3 0 0 .286 .286 .464 1 0 0 0 1
Greg Dobbs 15 14 7 0 0 2 2 0 0 .500 .533 .929 0 0 0 1 1
Miguel Olivo 14 13 3 1 0 1 1 0 6 .231 .286 .538 0 0 0 1 0
Austin Kearns 13 11 3 1 0 2 5 2 2 .273 .385 .909 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Coghlan 12 12 3 2 0 0 1 0 1 .250 .250 .417 0 0 0 0 0
Giancarlo Stanton 12 11 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 .273 .333 .364 0 0 0 0 1
Nick Green 8 8 2 0 0 1 1 0 5 .250 .250 .625 0 0 0 0 0
Ricky Nolasco 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 2 0 0 0 0
Rob Brantly 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Ruggiano 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .667 .667 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Donovan Solano 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
Total 157 147 44 7 2 7 14 5 19 .299 .331 .517 3 0 0 2 4
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Generated 4/20/2013.


Ever think you’d see the day where a pitching matchup (based on past performance versus the opponent) would favor the Marlins? Not likely this season, but that might be the case here. Miami batters have seen Arroyo a bit where Reds batters scarcely have any PAs against LeBlanc. And we know how the Good Guys fare against pitchers they haven’t seen much.

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  • metalhead65

    without hannigan arroyo will give up 10 runs today. we all know that mesoraco just does not have what it takes to do the job right? (sarcasm!) funny nothing was said about a sore thumb after last night’s game and another 0fer game and hitting into a double play killing a reds rally. but mesoraco needs and deserves the chance to show what he can do.

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

      He’s been nursing it for at least a week now.