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Starter Report: RHP Mike Leake vs RHP Ian Kennedy

Mike Leake is coming off of his most dominant start of his career and is taking on the worst offense in baseball as he toes the rubber against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. The Padres will counter with RHP Ian Kennedy.

Reds Starter: RHP Mike Leake

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
6 6 3.41 108.1 11 23 84

Scouting Report

Pitch  Velocity  Usage
Fastball 92 MPH 47%
Change Up 86 MPH 7%
Cutter 91 MPH 22%
Slider 82 MPH 12%
Curveball 80 MPH 12%

Mike Leake mixed and matched all of his pitches very well in his last start, arguably the best start of his career. As with the trend for most of the season he has thrown more and more cutters as the season has gone along, now up to 22% on the season and it has risen each month of the year so far.He has a career high 54% groundball rate. He has really struggled when throwing his curveball, while the cutter and fastball have both been above-average offerings.

Padres Starter: RHP Ian Kennedy

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
6 9 4.01 103.1 9 27 111

Scouting Report

Pitch  Velocity  Usage
Fastball 93 MPH 61%
Change Up 84 MPH 14%
Cutter 86 MPH 6%
Curveball 78 MPH 18%

Ian Kennedy seems to have pitched much better than his 4.01 ERA indicates. He hasn’t had a home run problem, he has a low walk rate and his strikeout rate is among the best in the National League. His strand rate has been below-average for the last two seasons though, perhaps a sign that he struggles with men on base. He has been very successful with his fastball, a well above-average pitch this season. The cutter has been a slightly above-average offering, while the curveball and change up have both been below-average. With good control and a good fastball, the Reds will likely have their best chances on offspeed pitches from Kennedy.

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