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Starter Report: RHP Homer Bailey vs LHP Cole Hamels

Tonight in Philadelphia the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies will take the field for their second match up in a three game series. The Reds will send RHP Homer Bailey to the mound to try and take a 2-0 series lead. The Phillies will counter with LHP Cole Hamels to try and even the series up at 1-1.

Reds Starter: RHP Homer Bailey

2014 Season Stats
3 2 4.72 47.2 8 16 44

Scouting Report

Pitch  Velocity  Usage
Fastball 95 MPH 60%
Split Finger 87 MPH 10%
Slider 88 MPH 23%
Curveball 80 MPH 8%

Homer Bailey  has pitched much better lately after starting very slowly in April. His location has been much better, which seemed to be the biggest issue he was having. He has lowered the rate at which he used his curveball since the start of the season. In his last start against Colorado he used his fastball 65% of the time, which was the highest rate he used his fastball since either of his first two starts of the season.

Phillies Starter: LHP Cole Hamels

2014 Season Stats
0 2 5.32 23.2 2 10 24

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 92 MPH 59%
Change Up 84 MPH 22%
Curveball 77 MPH 7%
Cutter 89 MPH 12%

Cole Hamels began the season on the disabled list and has only made four starts this year. He bookended two poor starts with good starts as he has battled some consistency. Hamels relies a lot on his fastball/change up combination while mixing in some cutters and curveballs, though he threw a lot more curveballs in his first two starts than the most recent two. Since the start of 2013, Hamels fastball has been a well below-average pitch, so the Reds would likely benefit from attacking  the fastball when they see it. Falling behind to Hamels isn’t ideal as he has one of the best change ups in baseball and he relies on it to put hitters away.

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