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Starter Report: RHP Alfredo Simon vs RHP Edinson Volquez


The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates will meet tonight in a battle of NL Central foes. The Reds will send Alfredo Simon to the mound and will be countered by the Pirates Edinson Volquez in a match up of right handers.

Reds Starter: RHP Alfredo Simon

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
9 3 2.95 82.1 11 19 50

Scouting Report

Pitch  Velocity  Usage
Fastball 95 MPH 60%
Splitter 85 MPH 9%
Cutter 89 MPH 20%
Curveball 78 MPH 10%

Alfredo Simon continues to be the surprise of the National League where he leads the league with nine wins. He gets by throwing lots of fastballs and cutters, making up 80% of his pitch selection. After that he mixes in an even amount of splitters and curveballs. His fastball and cutter have both been above-average pitches, while his curveball has been slightly-above average. The splitter has been below-average, but it’s also the pitch he uses the least.

Pirates Starter: RHP Edinson Volquez

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
4 5 3.89 78.2 11 25 53

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 94 MPH 56%
Change Up 85 MPH 20%
Curveball 81 MPH 17%

Edinson Volquez doesn’t miss bats like he used to, but he also isn’t walking hitters like he used to. He is in the strikezone more often than ever before but he will still have battled with control. In May he walked 14 batters in 27 innings, showing signs of his old self, but has just five walks in 18 innings in June. After years of having a strong change up, the pitch has been below-average the last two years. The fastball is also a below-average pitch. Where he has success these days is with his above-average curveball.

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