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Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals Pitching Matchup 4/2/14


Today when the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals take the field they will both be sending young starting pitchers in their second year to the mound. The Reds will be sending left hander Tony Cingrani to the mound while the Cardinals will have Michael Wacha toeing the rubber for their side. Here are the quick scouting reports on each starting pitcher.

Cincinnati Reds Starter: LHP Tony Cingrani

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
0 0 0.00 0.0 0 0 0
2013 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
7 4 2.92 104.2 14 43 120

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 92 MPH 82%
Change Up 85 MPH 7%
Slider 79 MPH 6%
Curveball 76 MPH 5%

Tony Cingrani used his fastball more than any starter in the NL last year. He likes to throw his 4-seamer at the top of the zone and has had a lot of success with it. As the season went along he began to use his slider more and his curveball less. His slider and fastball were both above-average in 2013, while his curveball and change up were slightly below-average. He is a big strikeout pitcher, but walks were a bit of an issue in 2013 and at times he ran up his pitch counts early in games.

St. Louis Cardinals Starter: RHP Michael Wacha

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
0 0 0.00 0.0 0 0 0
2013 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
4 1 2.78 64.2 5 19 65

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 94 MPH 65%
Cutter 88 MPH 2%
Change Up 86 MPH 27%
Curveball 76 MPH 7%

The Cardinals young starter leans on his fastball, which is an above-average pitch. He will use his above-average change up as his go-to secondary pitch. He will mix in a handful of cutters and curveballs throughout the game to keep hitters a bit more honest, but both are below-average offerings at this point. He throws strikes. His GB rate was slightly below-average in 2013.

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