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Starter Report: RHP Alfredo Simon vs RHP Zack Greinke


The Cincinnati Reds will look at game two of the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers to try and even things up as the send out RHP Alfredo Simon to the mound. The Dodgers will counter with one of their seemingly endless supply of talented starters with former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke.

Reds starter: RHP Alfredo Simon

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
6 2 2.31 58.1 8 14 36

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 95 MPH 59%
Cutter 88 MPH 22%
Splitter 85 MPH 9%
Curveball 78 MPH 10%

Alfredo Simon continues to be perhaps the biggest surprise in baseball as his transition to starting couldn’t have possibly gone better. In his last two starts he has thrown 14.2 innings with just one earned run, two walks and 14 strikeouts. He works with his 95 MPH often and will mix in his secondary offerings well. His cutter is the most frequently used of the bunch and has been one of the better cutters in the game so far this season. His curveball has also been an above-average pitch for him.

Dodgers Starter: RHP Zack Greinke

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
7 1 2.01 58.1 7 14 65

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 92 MPH 53%
Change Up 87 MPH 15%
Slider 85 MPH 18%
Curveball 73 MPH 15%

Zack Greinke is among the best pitchers in the game right now and he is off to a great start for the Dodgers with a 2.01 ERA in 58.1 innings pitched. He pounds the strikezone with all of his pitches. He works off of his fastball just 53% of the time, while mixing in his three offspeed pitches very well. The fastball and the change up have been above-average pitches this season, though the two breaking balls have been average to slightly-below average.

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