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Starter Report: RHP Homer Bailey vs RHP Matt Garza

Friday night brings a road trip for the Cincinnati Reds who travel to Milwaukee to take on the first place Brewers for a weekend series. The Reds will send RHP Homer Bailey to the mound as he tries to continue his turnaround. The Brewers will counter with their own right hander, Matt Garza.

Reds Starter: RHP Homer Bailey

2014 Season Stats
7 3 4.60 78.1 11 25 70

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 95 MPH 62%
Split Finger 87 MPH 10%
Slider 88 MPH 20%
Curveball 81 MPH 9%

Homer Bailey has continued to turn things around after a very rough start to begin April, posting a 3.80 ERA after his first three starts of the year. Over his last three starts he has thrown his fastest pitches of the season, topping 98 MPH in all three starts, topping out at 98.5 MPH in his most recent start against Philadelphia. In the last start he mixed his four and two-seamers well, while speading out the usage for the curveball, slider and splitter pretty well. Bailey has been better at hitting his spots and when he can do that he has success.

Brewers Starter: RHP Matt Garza

2014 Season Stats
4 4 4.42 79.1 7 31 65

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 94 MPH 65%
Change Up 86 MPH 1%
Curveball 75 MPH 9%
Slider 85 MPH 25%

Matt Garza has struggled some this year with his control. He has walked four or more batters in four different starts this season, including walking five with just one strikeout in his last start on June 7th against the Pirates. The right hander works heavily with his fastball and slider combination, utilizing his other two pitches just 10% of the time. The slider is the only above-average pitch for Garza and he uses it to put hitters away when he gets ahead of them. The curveball and the change up have both been well below-average offerings this year, so the Reds should try to take advantage of those when they do get a chance to see them.

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