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Tampa Bay Rays vs Cincinnati Reds Pitching Match Up 4/11/14


Tonight in Cincinnati the Reds will welcome American League East contenders Tampa Bay Rays. The Reds will send right handed ace Johnny Cueto to the mound to match up againt the Rays left handed ace David Price in what should be an outstanding pitching match up where runs will likely be tough to come by.

Reds Starter: RHP Johnny Cueto

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
0 1 1.93 14.0 2 4 17
2013 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
5 2 2.82 60.2 7 18 51

Scouting Report

Pitch  Velocity  Usage
Fastball 94 MPH 58%
Change Up 85 MPH 9%
Cutter 89 MPH 19%
Slider 85 MPH 8%
Curveball 82 MPH 6%

Johnny Cueto has been a man of two starts so far this season. In his first start he relied heavily on his fastball/cutter combination and didn’t throw a curveball. In his second start in 2014 Cueto threw his fastball/cutter 22% less often and he mixed in his curveball along with his slider and change up. His velocity also went up a little bit from start number one to start number two. The righty keeps hitters off balance well, shows good control and tends to keep the ball in the park.

Rays Starter: LHP David Price

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
1 0 4.05 13.1 1 1 12
2013 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
10 8 3.33 186.2 16 27 151

Scouting Report

Pitch  Velocity  Usage
Fastball 93 MPH 63%
Change Up 85 MPH 15%
Cutter 87 MPH 14%
Curveball 79 MPH 8%

The former Cy Young award winner isn’t quite the same pitcher he was when he brought home the hardware, but he is still very good. The lefty brings the heat and relies on his fastball, cutter and change up while mixing in a few curveballs. While he never struggled with his control he barely walked anyone in the 2013 season as he led the AL in walk rate and is doing more of the same here in the 2014 season. His career against the National League hasn’t been as good as you would expect with a 3.91 ERA (career 3.20 ERA) in 17 career starts while allowing 16 home runs. In his lone start against the Reds though, Price dominated as he struck out 12 batters in 7.2 innings with just one walk in June of 2011. His fastball and change up are both above-average pitches. His cutter is average and his curveball is below-average for his career.

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