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Starter Report: RHP R.A. Dickey vs RHP Johnny Cueto

The Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds will conclude their series on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Jays will send former Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey to the mound, while the Reds will counter with their top starter Johnny Cueto.

Reds Starter: RHP Johnny Cueto

2014 Season Stats
6 5 1.92 108.0 8 26 111

Scouting Report

Pitch  Velocity  Usage
Fastball 94 MPH 50%
Change Up 85 MPH 16%
Cutter 90 MPH 20%
Slider 86 MPH 10%
Curveball 81 MPH 4%

Johnny Cueto leads the National League in ERA and innings pitched, and with those numbers it is easy to say he has been dominant. In June Cueto has gotten away from his sinker, throwing it just 9% of the time in the month after throwing it nearly 25% of the time through May. He has increased his 4-seam fastball usage and the usage of his curveball in the month. He will pound the strikezone with all of his pitches and typically avoid walking batters and has missed a ton of bats.

Blue Jays Starter: RHP R.A. Dickey

2014 Season Stats
6 5 4.08 90.1 11 40 72

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 83 MPH 12%
Knuckleball 78 MPH 88%

While R.A. Dickey has technically thrown three pitches this year, he has only brought the change up out in one game this season, so I left it off of the chart above. With how often he throws his knuckleball, the team can expect it nine times out of ten. Of course the thing about the knuckleball is that it isn’t very predictable. The Reds should be able to time it well, but figuring out the movement will be the key for Reds hitters throughout the day. A bit of a patient approach may work as Dickey hasn’t been a control artist this season, walking nearly a batter every other inning.

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