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Starter Report: RHP Alfredo Simon vs RHP Matt Cain

After a win on Friday night in San Francisco the Cincinnati Reds will send right hander Alfredo Simon to the mound to try and make it two in a row over the National League West leaders.

Reds Starter: RHP Alfredo Simon

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
10 3 2.92 95.2 12 23 60

Scouting Report

Pitch  Velocity  Usage
Fastball 95 MPH 58%
Splitter 85 MPH 11%
Cutter 89 MPH 18%
Curveball 78 MPH 12%

Alfredo Simon has continued his outstanding season as a starter, pretty much to the surprise of everyone except maybe himself. In June he has dropped the rate in which he is throwing his cutter and added to both the curveball and splitter. Simon will mix his pitches well and most times out he is consistently around the strikezone with all of his stuff. Only his splitter has been a below-average offering this season with the rest of his pitches being above-average.

Giants Starter: RHP Matt Cain

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
1 6 4.82 71 11 25 56

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 92 MPH 49%
Change Up 86 MPH 19%
Curveball 78 MPH 10%
Slider 87 MPH 21%

Matt Cain has contended for Cy Young awards in the past, but this season has been arguably the worst of his career to this point as his ERA is at the highest of his career and his walk rate is the highest since he was 23-years-old back in 2008. There has been an interesting pattern all season for Cain as he has used less and less fastball over the course of his career, with 2014 being the all-time low. He is using his change up more than ever this season. This season Cain has had an above-average two-seamer, slider and curveball, but his change up and four-seamer have been below-average offerings. His control hasn’t been strong, so the Reds may want to be patient on the breaking stuff and attack the fastball and hope they can spot a change up to unleash a good swing on.

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