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Starter Report: RHP Johnny Cueto vs RHP Tyson Ross

The Cincinnati Reds are looking to avoid three losses in a row to the San Diego Padres. The Reds will send Johnny Cueto to the mound to try to stop the losing. The Padres will send Tyson Ross out to try and extend their winning streak.

Reds Starter: RHP Johnny Cueto

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
8 5 1.88 124.1 9 29 122

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 94 MPH 50%
Change Up 85 MPH 15%
Slider 86 MPH 10%
Curveball 81 MPH 3%
Cutter 90 MPH 21%

Johnny Cueto has been increasing the rate at which he uses his cutter all season long and in June used it a season high 25% of the time. It has come at the expense of the two seam fastball and lately the change up. He has really gotten away from his reliance on his two seamer, going  from over 25% usage through April to just 17% in June. Cueto will pound the strikezone, offer few walks and will miss plenty of bats.

Padres Starter: RHP Tyson Ross

2014 Season Stats
W L ERA IP HR BB K
6 8 3.18 107.2 9 42 102

Scouting Report

Pitch Velocity Usage
Fastball 94 MPH 56%
Change Up 87 MPH 4%
Slider 87 MPH 40%

Tyson Ross is a three pitch starter who works with a fastball, change up and a slider. Everything he throws is hard, averaging 87 MPH on both of his slower pitches. Ross will miss a lot of bats, but he also isn’t selfish with the walks, so the Reds may be able to be a tad more patient against him. His fastball is a slightly below-average pitch, while his slider is an above-average offering. It’s the change up that is the truly below-average offering that the Reds should try to take advantage of if they see it offered enough. With how little he uses the change up, the team can look for a fastball or slider almost every pitch.

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