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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds Pitching Match Up 4/16/14


The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are completing a three game series this afternoon at 12:35pm at Great American Ballpark. A big pitching match up will have the Reds sending out Johnny Cueto to match up against the Pirates Francisco Liriano.

Reds Starter: RHP Johnny Cueto

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
0 2 2.14 21.0 3 8 23
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 57%
Change Up 85 MPH 13%
Cutter 89 MPH 15%
Slider 85 MPH 9%
Curveball 82 MPH 5%

Johnny Cueto has been a tough luck loser twice this season, pitching well and getting charged with the loss in an archaic stat category that charges a win and a loss to a single player. After not throwing his curveball in his first start of the year he has started to mix it in during the last two starts. His strikeout rate is way up early this season.  His walk rate is up slightly as well.

Pirates Starter: LHP Francisco Liriano

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
0 2 4.00 18.0 3 7 21
2013 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
16 8 3.02 161.0 9 63 163

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 92 MPH 39%
Change Up 86 MPH 33%
Slider 85 MPH 29%

Francisco Liriano mixes his pitches well and throws his fastball, slider and change up all in the 30-40% range, making it tough to get a good idea of what pitch is coming. His fastball is a below-average pitch and is what you want to attack as both his slider and change up are above-average with his slider being among the best in baseball.

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