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Starter Report: RHP Mike Leake vs RHP Bronson Arroyo


Tonight the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks play the second game of their series. The Reds look to even the series up by sending RHP Mike Leake to the mound. The Diamondbacks will counter with former Red Bronson Arroyo.

Reds Starter: RHP Mike Leake

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
2 4 2.79 71.0 6 14 46

Scouting Report

Pitch  Velocity  Usage
Fastball 92 MPH 46%
Change Up 86 MPH 9%
Cutter 91 MPH 20%
Slider 82 MPH 11%
Curveball 80 MPH 12%

In the month of May Mike Leake has cut back on his fastball to 43% and has boosted the rate at which he uses his cutter to 27%. He has also cut back on the use of his change up by a third. His plan is to throw strikes and try to induce groundballs and let his defense do the work for him. He mixes things well and will generally keep the ball on the ground.

Diamondback Starter: RHP Bronson Arroyo

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
4 3 4.15 60.2 7 13 34

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 88 MPH 45%
Change Up 80 MPH 21%
Curveball 75 MPH 34%

While Bronson Arroyo only throws three pitches in a technical sense, he throws about 20 thanks to his constant changing of arm angles that lead to the ball moving in various directions. He will range anywhere from almost sidearmed to a high 3/4 release point with all of his pitches. Arroyo pounds the strikezone and avoids walks with the best of them, but he also doesn’t miss many bats and relies heavily on his defense.

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