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Cincinnati Reds vs Atlanta Braves Pitching Match Up 4/26/14


After falling just short of a comeback on Friday night the Cincinnati Reds will send right hander Mike Leake to the mound on Saturday to face off against Atlanta Braves right hander David Hale.

Reds Starter: RHP Mike Leake

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
2 1 3.49 28.1 3 6 16
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 52%
Change Up 84 MPH 12%
Cutter 90 MPH 11%
Slider 82 MPH 9%
Curveball 80 MPH 15%

In his last start, Mike Leake threw his highest rate of fastballs, throwing 55% fastballs. He threw his cutter a season low 7% of the time. He has thrown strikes for the most part of the season and has kept the ball in the park. He attacks with his fastball and cutter, while mixing in his change up and two breaking balls. He has a career high 62% groundball rate so far this season as well.

Braves Starter: RHP David Hale

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
0 0 2.93 15.1 0 9 11
2013 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
1 0 0.82 11.0 0 1 14

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 92 MPH 69%
Change Up 82 MPH 14%
Slider 81 MPH 17%

David Hale showed outstanding control in limited action in 2013 at the big league level and it was solid in the minors, but so far in 2014 he has really struggled throwing strikes, walking nine batters in 15.1 innings. So far this season his offspeed stuff has been below-average, while his fastball has been roughly average. He has yet to give up a home run this season despite being a flyball pitcher.

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