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Starter Report: RHP Homer Bailey vs RHP Tim Hudson


In the final game of the series the Cincinnati Reds will send right hander Homer Bailey to the mound to wrap things up. The San Francisco Giants will counter with right hander Tim Hudson.

Reds Starter: RHP Homer Bailey

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
7 4 4.80 95.2 13 31 87

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 battled for consistency during the season and is coming off of a poor outing. Location has been the biggest issue for Bailey this year. When he has it, he has been successful, but when it hasn’t been there he has been hit around quite a bit. In a big ballpark like San Francisco, things are more forgiving if Bailey doesn’t quite have it and if he does the ballpark may make it tough for the Giants to get on the board.

Giants RHP: Tim Hudson

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
7 4 2.62 99.2 6 16 64

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 90 MPH 57%
Splitter 82 MPH 14%
Curveball 76 MPH 7%
Cutter 85 MPH 23%

Tim Hudson is having his best season in years, posting a 2.62 ERA in 99.2 innings pitched so far. Hudson has relied more and more on his fastball as the season has progressed, adding about four more fastballs thrown per month this season. He mixes the cutter in quite often as well. With the splitter and the curveball he brings them about 7 and 10% of the time, though the splitter average is higher for the season, that is heavily weighed by April where he threw 18% splitters and hasn’t topped 11% in the past two months. Hudson’s only above-average pitch has been the fastball this year, though the cutter and splitter are both average. The curveball has been below-average this season. He pounds the zone with strikes, rarely giving up a free pass. While the curveball is the pitch to go after, he doesn’t use it often so the team will need to try and find advantages on his other offerings.

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