Cincinnati Reds (53-54) vs. Miami Marlins (53-54)
Thursday, July 31, 2014: 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park
Still leading the National League in innings pitched, Cueto is yet to hit his proverbial wall that many assume will be coming. He was back to his masterful self his last time out against the Washington Nationals, twirling seven scoreless innings, knocking his ERA back down just a smidgen over two.
With a roster with as much turnover as the Marlins present, career numbers do not lend much information as far as future projections. Having said that, Cueto is 2-1 with a 5.27 ERA in five career starts against South Beach’s finest. His 1.72 WHIP over 27.1 innings pitched is his highest against any club in which he has made at least two starts.
Here is the lineup in which Cueto will be facing via the team’s Twitter account:
LF – Christian Yelich (yet to face Cueto)
2B – Jordany Valdespin (0-for-1, 1 K)
RF – Giancarlo Stanton (2-for-6, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 3 BB’s)
3B – Casey McGehee (3-for-13, 1 2B, 2 RBI)
1B – Garrett Jones (11-for-39, 4 2B’s, 3 RBI, 11 K’s)
CF – Marcell Ozuna (yet to face Cueto)
SS – Adeiny Hechavarria (yet to face Cueto)
C – Jeff Mathis (yet to face Cueto)
P – Tom Koehler (yet to face Cueto)
Finally a staple of a young Marlins rotation, Koehler has seen his workload increase since the season-ending injury to phenom teammate Jose Fernandez. Koehler is a significantly superior pitcher at home in pitcher-friendly Marlins Park with an ERA at 2.75, opposed to a 4.96 on the road.
Having not yet made a start against the Reds, Koehler has appeared in two games in relief, pitching a scoreless 3.1 innings against Cincinnati. A statistical curiosity that follows Koehler: every run he has allowed this season has been earned. Giving up 54 earned runs in his 124.1 innings of work, Koehler has been susceptible to a largess number of walks.
His start on Thursday will be his first at home since July 2 when he defeated the Philadelphia Phillies on the back of six scoreless innings. Only once all year has Koehler gone past the seventh inning, so it will be imperative for the Redlegs to allow Koehler to run up his own pitch count and exit the game early.
Here is the lineup he will face via the Reds’ Twitter account:
CF – Billy Hamilton (yet to face Koehler)
2B – Kristopher Negron (yet to face Koehler)
3B – Todd Frazier (0-for-1, 1 K)
LF – Ryan Ludwick (yet to face Koehler)
C – Brayan Pena (yet to face Koehler)
RF – Chris Heisey (0-for-1)
1B – Jack Hannahan (yet to face Koehler)
SS – Zack Cozart (0-for-1)
P – Johnny Cueto (yet to face Koehler)
In a virtual deadlock with the Marlins, the Reds will look to get off on the right foot in the opener of what should be a hotly contested four-game set inside the exotic Marlins Park.