Mar 25, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jeff Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Starter Report: Tyson Ross vs Jeff Francis

In the second game of a day-night doubleheader the San Diego Padres will send out right hander Tyson Ross to square off against just called up left hander Jeff Francis for the Cincinnati Reds. Francis will be making his 2014 debut after spending his season in Triple-A with Louisville.

Reds Starter: LHP Jeff Francis

2014 Season Stats (At AAA Louisville)
4 3 3.33 48.2 3 12 45

Scouting Report (from 2013 with Colorado)

Pitch  Velocity  Usage
Fastball 87 MPH 50%
Change Up 79 MPH 19%
Cutter 86 MPH 7%
Slider 81 MPH 2%
Curveball 70 MPH 21%

Jeff Francis is the epitome of a soft tossing left hander who will work in the 85-89 MPH range.  His curveball has been his best pitch in recent years. Expect plenty of contact against Francis, though hopefully he can keep the ball on the ground.

Padres Starter: RHP Tyson Ross

2014 Season Stats
4 3 3.02 50.2 6 18 45

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 94 MPH 59%
Change Up 86 MPH 7%
Slider 87 MPH 33%

Ross is a hard thrower who leads heavily on his fastball/slider combination, though he will mix in a change up an inning to keep hitters honest. His fastball has been his best pitch so far this season, with his slider being an average offering. His change up, despite limited use, has been a well below-average pitch and if the Reds are going to be able to take advantage of a pitch, that would be the best one to take a big cut at.

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