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Starter Report: Tony Cingrani vs Ryan Vogelsong

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After taking the opener of the series against the Giants, the Cincinnati Reds will send left hander Tony Cingrani to the mound to try and make it two in a row over San Francisco who will counter with right hander Ryan Vogelsong.

Reds starter: LHP Tony Cingrani

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
2 5 4.01 49.1 8 25 46

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 92 MPH 73%
Change Up 87 MPH 14%
Slider 80 MPH 13%

Tony Cingrani continues to throw a ton of fastballs while mixing in the same amount of sliders and change ups. He has thrown a fastball 70% or more in seven of his nine starts. His control has been spotty this year as his walk rate is up significantly and his strikeout rate is also down significantly. It’s a big start for Cingrani, as Mat Latos is on the verge of returning and the lefty could be looking at a move to the bullpen or even Triple-A.

Giants Starter: RHP Ryan Vogelsong

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
3 2 3.45 62.2 6 22 51

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 91 MPH 48%
Change Up 84 MPH 14%
Curveball 77 MPH 20%
Cutter 88 MPH 17%

Vogelsong mixes his four pitches very well. He throws his fastball/cutter 65% of the time and works in both his change up and curveball quite a bit, giving hitters plenty of things to look for. Recently he has actually thrown a lower rate of fastballs and mixed in a higher rate of cutters. His fastball has been above-average this season. The curveball has been above-average as well, but the cutter and change up have both been below-average pitches. Vogelsong, while not having a high walk rate, isn’t a control artist either, so the team can be patient with him and try to attack the change up or cutter when he makes a mistake with it.

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