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Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pitching Match Up 4/21/14


Tonight the Cincinnati Reds open up a series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. The two wild card teams from 2013 are 8-10 and 8-11 on the season at this point and looking to finish up April strong to finish over .500. The Reds will send RHP Mike Leake to the mound as they come off of a series win over the Cubs, while the Pirates will send Francisco Liriano to the mound to face the Reds for his second start in a row.

Reds Starter: RHP Mike Leake

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
2 1 2..95 21.1 2 5 14
2013 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
14 7 3.37 192.1 21 48 122

Scouting Report

Pitch  Velocity  Usage
Fastball 91 MPH 50%
Change Up 84 MPH 11%
Cutter 90 MPH 13%
Slider 81 MPH 9%
Curveball 80 MPH 16%

In his last start, Mike Leake faced off against the Pirates and his velocity was the best it had been all year, up nearly a full MPH on his fastball. He used his slider more in the start against the Pirates than he had in either of his two previous starts on the year as well, while lowering the rate of his curveball usage for the third stright start.

Pirates Starter: LHP Francisco Liriano

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
0 3 4.12 25.0 4 10 28
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 32%
Slider 85 MPH 29%

Francisco Liriano used his fastball against the Reds in his last start more than he had used it in his previous three starts, throwing it 44% of the time. He threw the exact same number of sliders as change ups in the game. He mixes his pitches very well, but will have some battled with control at times. As noted last time he faced the Reds, his fastball is the pitch to attack, as hitters have had the most success against it, while his slider and change up are both above-average offerings that he can put hitters away with.

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