The Atlanta Braves head into town for a three-game series. At one time, they were 12-1. Now, they sport a record of 18-12 (6-11 in their last 17 games), but are still 2 games up in the NL East.
The Good Guys head home after breaking even (5-5) on a 10-game roadie. Took a sweep at Wrigley Field in order to accomplish that, but, as they say, we’ll take it.
Braves – Paul Maholm
2013: 3-3, 3.08 ERA, 1.079 WHIP (6 games/starts)
v. Reds: 7-4, 3.70 ERA, 1.338 WHIP (20 games/starts)
@ GABP: 1-3, 4.37 ERA, 1.412 WHIP (11 games/starts)
Last appearance v. Reds: 4/21/12 (W) – 6 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Through his first three starts this season, Malholm had yet to give up a run. Over his last three, he’s allowed 13, but in his last outing, he did go 8 innings and allowed only a pair to score. Previous to that, the Tigers knocked him around for 8 runs and 10 hits over only 3.2 innings of work.
Malholm v. Reds Batters
Brandon Phillips is good to go for tonight’s game. Good as he owns Malholm. The only other Red with a homer off Malholm is Jay Bruce. Here we go with this “he can’t hit lefties” stuff (see note under “Starting Lineups”). But look! Jay has zero whiffs against him. I hope I haven’t jinxed him. Of note is that Bruce hasn’t faced Maholm since 2010.
Reds – Bronson Arroyo
2013: 2-3, 3.95 ERA, 1.073 WHIP (6 games/starts)
v. Braves: 6-3, 5.34 ERA, 1.660 WHIP (16 games, 15 starts)
@ GABP: 45-39, 3.92 ERA, 1.244 WHIP (118 games/starts)
Last appearance v. Braves: 5/23/12 (ND) – 6.2 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
Arroyo has provided the Reds a quality start – and take that however you wish – in 4 of his 6 starts. In three of those starts, he’s permitted only 2 runs with his last outing being the one bad pitch where Matt Holliday strikes that 2-run homer.
Arroyo v. Braves Batters
Brian McCann was activated from the DL today. Another lefty bat plus he rakes against Bronson. Oh, bother…
|1. B.J. Upton (R) CF||1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF|
|2. Chris Johnson (R) 3B||2. Zack Cozart (R) SS|
|3. Justin Upton (R) RF||3. Joey Votto (L) 1B|
|4. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B||4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B|
|5. Evan Gattis (R) LF||5. Jay Bruce (L) RF|
|6. Brian McCann (L) C||6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B|
|7. Dan Uggla (R) 2B||7. Devin Mesoraco (R) C|
|8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS||8. Derrick Robinson (S) LF|
|9. Paul Maholm (L) P||9. Bronson Arroyo (R) P|
For the record, Bruce has crafted a triple slash of .341/.357/.512 when facing lefty arms in 2013. His only home run this season has also come against a lefty.
– Despite the relative chatter about his spot in the batting order, Zack Cozart is 3rd on the Reds in RBI with 15 (tied with Bruce).
– The Reds have won 8 of the last 12 games between these teams including going 5-1 last season. Atlanta has a bit different look this season with addition of the Uptons.
– Arroyo hasn’t beaten the Braves since July 31, 2010. He allowed two runs in the 1st (both unearned), but little after that (only 2 hits over his last 6 innings).
– Malholm has not lost to the Reds since August 31, 2009. He only went 5 innings while allowing 4 runs and 9 hits. On that day, he threw 110 pitches.