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Cincinnati Reds vs Atlanta Braves Pitching Match Up 4/27/14


The Cincinnati Reds will try to salvage a game from their three game series against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon as they send out their stopper, right hander Johnny Cueto. The Braves will counter with their top pitcher, right hander Julio Teheran.

Reds Starter: RHP Johnny Cueto

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
2 2 1.38 39.0 4 11 39
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 50%
Change Up 85 MPH 16%
Cutter 89 MPH 19%
Slider 85 MPH 12%
Curveball 81 MPH 4%

Johnny Cueto has backed off of his fastball in the last two starts, mixing in more cutters to balance things out some. With both starts coming against Pittsburgh, perhaps it was a part of the scouting report against their hitters. He has also thrown more and more sliders as the season has progressed, as well as change ups, while almost nixing his curveball.

Braves Starter: RHP Julio Teheran

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
2 1 1.80 35.0 3 7 21
2013 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
14 8 3.20 185.2 22 45 170

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 91 MPH 66%
Change Up 81 MPH 7%
Curveball 74 MPH 5%
Slider 82 MPH 22%

Julio Teheran got the nod on Opening Day for the Braves and finds himself in a match up against an ace in Johnny Cueto. He has built on his 2013 success in the ERA category so far, but his strikeout rate is way down this season. The fastball has less velocity, though it is a minimal loss. He has relied less on the curveball in 2014 than he did the previous season. The righty is a fly ball pitcher who has four good pitches, though his fastball has been inconsistent at times in terms of how well it plays from game-to-game. With two above-average breaking balls and an above-average change up, falling behind in the count will lead to more struggles than usual.

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  • ntoni

    I sincerely wonder how Atlanta reliever Walden gets away with his delivery. He literally moves 8 inches closer to the plate before he throws the ball. It’s hop then throw, not really one motion. How could it possibly be legal to (a) be off the rubber when one throws, and (b) move closer to the plate to throw?