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Colorado Rockies vs Cincinnati Reds pitching match up 5/10/14

After taking the first game of the series on a walk-off home run by Joey Votto, the Cincinnati Reds will send RHP Alfredo Simon to the mound to try and take game two as well. The Colorado Rockies will counter with RHP Jordan Lyles

Reds starter: RHP Alfredo Simon

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
4 1 1.99 40.2 4 12 22

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 94 MPH 60%
Cutter 88 MPH 22%
Splitter 85 MPH 7%
Curveball 78 MPH 10%

Alfredo Simon is coming off of his worst start of the year. He didn’t strike out a batter and walked one in seven innings, though he allowed just three runs. His fastball velocity was up from the previous four starts and threw more fastballs in the game than any other start of the year while really cutting back on both his curveball and splitter. The Rockies are a high contact rate team, so keeping down the walks will be key.

Rockies Starter: RHP Jordan Lyles

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
4 0 2.62 44.2 2 10 24

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 92 MPH 66%
Change Up 83 MPH 14%
Slider 88 MPH 15%
Curveball 82 MPH 5%

You could argue that Lyles has been among the best starters in the National League so far with a 2.62 ERA despite pitching half of his games in Coors Field. He doesn’t strike many guys out, having struck out five or fewer hitters in all seven of his starts. The right hander also doesn’t walk many guys though, so expect their to be plenty of contact made in the game. His fastball is a pitch he leans on heavily and he will mix in both a two and four-seamer. He throws a hard slider and change up at a similar rate while tossing in a few curveballs each game. In the past his fastball has been a below-average pitch, but the pitch has been very strong this season. The rest of his pitches are considered to be below-average offerings.

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