Sep 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Alfredo Simon (31) pitches during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds vs New York Mets Pitching Match Up 4/6/14

Finishing up a three game series the Cincinnati Reds will send right hander Alfredo Simon to the mound to take on New York Mets left hander Jon Niese. Here is the quick scouting report on each pitcher.

Reds starter: RHP Alfredo Simon

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
0 0 0.00 0.00 0 0 0
2013 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
6 4 2.87 87.2 8 26 63

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 95 MPH 52%
Cutter 90 MPH 22%
Splitter 85 MPH 8%
Curveball 78 MPH 18%

It is tough to give a real scouting report for Alfredo Simon the starter since he rejuvenated his career with the Reds as a reliever, so the above data is from his time in 2013 as a reliever. Expect him to still rely on his fastball and cutter often while mixing in the offspeed pitches. The Reds will likely just be looking for him to get through 5 innings with the game still being winnable as he is simply filling in before a return to the bullpen when Mat Latos comes off of the disabled list.

Mets starter: LHP Jon Niese

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
8 8 3.71 143.0 10 48 105

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 91 MPH 48%
Cutter 88 MPH 27%
Change Up 84 MPH 7%
Curveball 76 MPH 18%

Niese works off of his above-average fastball and cutter 75% of the time and for good reason. His curveball and change up were both well below-average pitches in the 2013 season. He has generated a good rate for grounders in his career. He didn’t average 6 innings a start in the 2013 season, so getting to him early and getting to the bullpen is possible.

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