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Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pitching Match Up 4/23/14


The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates will meet up for the third game of a four game series tonight at 7:00pm with the series tied at one game for each team. The Reds will send RHP Alfredo Simon to the mound to try and take the series lead and at least get a split on the road. The Pirates will send RHP Charlie Morton to the mound as they try and do the same.

Reds starter: RHP Alfredo Simon

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
2 1 0.86 21.0 1 4 13
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 59%
Cutter 89 MPH 22%
Splitter 85 MPH 6%
Curveball 79 MPH 10%

In his last start, Alfredo Simon used his fastball 61% of the time, the most of the season. He cut back on the use of his cutter, throwing it a season low 16% of the time. He used his curveball a season high 18% of the time as well, while not throwing a single splitter for the first time all season. He has changed up his pitch usage each start and so far it has really kept hitters off balance.

Pirates Starter: RHP Charlie Morton

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
0 2 4.32 25.0 3 7 17
2013 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
7 4 3.26 116.0 6 36 85

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 93 MPH 70%
Change Up 87 MPH 2%
Slider 85 MPH 1%
Curveball 78 MPH 22%
Splitter 85 MPH 5%

Charlie Morton throws a lot of fastball. He is among the league leaders in terms of how often he throws the pitch, so the Reds hitters should look fastball early and often. He mixes in his curveball as his main secondary pitch and while he throws three other pitches, they are used very sparingly during the game. Neither his fastball nor his curveball have been consistently strong pitches, though his curveball has had times where it was an above-average pitch. Despite throwing just 116 innings in 2013 he led the NL in hit batters. He leads the league in hit batters again in 2014. He has already given up three home runs this season after giving up just six all of last season, as his GB rate, while still above-average, is way down from where it was in the 2013 season when he was among the league leaders.

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