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Cincinnati Reds scored early in this game and I have to say it was the best first inning of play I have seen the Reds play in a very long time. Great patience at the plate by some guys that usually go up to bat swinging. Great game to watch and I really enjoyed watching Mike Leake pitch today, he was locating his pitches very nice and that low strike was really working well for him.
Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips extended their hitting streaks and Todd Frazier went 2 for 4 while Devin Mesoraco got a nice home run in the 9th inning.
Last year on May 21 Mike Leake won against Atlanta Braves in Great American Ball Park 4-1.
May 21, 2012 [Braves 1 vs. Reds 4]
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR Mike Leake W (1-5) 8 3 1 1 1 6 1
May 21, 2013 [Reds 4 vs. Mets 0]
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR Mike Leake W (4-2) 7 3 0 0 2 4 0
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Jay Bruce has a .267 career batting average vs. St. Louis Cardinals Left handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia with one home run. The home run was hit at Great American Ball Park on August 25, 2012 in a game that saw the Reds win 8-2. box score Bruce went 1 for 3 with a home run, walk and strike out in that game. Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 with 2 runs batted and Ryan Ludwick when 3 for 4.
With 32 plate appearances against Garcia, Jay Bruce has never hit a double against him and he has only hit 2 doubles in his career in Busch Stadium. Bruce has one home run against Garcia and only two in Busch Stadium. Hopefully these stats mean nothing today as Jay Bruce and the Reds take on Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals.
Jay Bruce career at bats vs. Jaime Garcia
Date Inning Result 8/15/2008 6 Ground Out 8/17/2008 7 Single 5/14/2010 1 Strikeout 5/14/2010 4 Walk 5/14/2010 7 Lineout 5/31/2010 1 Flyout 5/31/2010 3 Flyout 5/31/2010 5 Groundout 7/5/2011 2 Groundout 7/5/2011 4 Groundout 7/5/2011 6 Flyout 7/17/2011 2 Flyout 7/17/2011 4 Groundout 7/17/2011 7 Pop Out 9/3/2011 1 Strikeout 9/3/2011 3 Single 9/3/2011 6 Strikeout 4/11/2012 2 Single 4/11/2012 3 Strikeout 4/11/2012 5 Sac Fly 4/18/2012 2 Single 4/18/2012 4 Groundout 4/18/2012 6 Flyout 8/25/2012 2 Groundout 8/25/2012 4 Strikeout 8/25/2012 6 Home Run 10/1/2012 2 Single 10/1/2012 4 Strikeout 10/1/2012 7 Strikeout 4/8/2013 2 Pop Out 4/8/2013 4 Single 4/8/2013 6 Single
Information was found at pitchfx
Jay Bruce batting stats vs. Jaime Garcia [career]
PA AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Jaime Garcia 32 30 8 1 4 1 7 .267 .281 .367 .648
Some extra information about Jay Bruce in Busch Stadium:
Jay Bruce Year-by-Year splits in Busch Stadium
Year G AB H 2B 3B HR BA OBP SLG OPS 2008 3 11 0 0 0 0 .000 .083 .000 .083 2009 4 14 0 0 0 0 .000 .176 .000 .176 2010 6 23 6 1 1 0 .261 .292 .391 .683 2011 9 38 7 1 0 2 .184 .225 .368 .593 2012 6 23 6 0 0 0 .261 .292 .261 .553 2013 4 17 5 0 0 0 .294 .333 .294 .627 Career Total 32 126 24 2 1 2 .190 .244 .270 .514
This is a great day to be a Cincinnati Reds fan! They have clinched first place in National League Central division and are now just adding to an already great winning season. As I watched the game I just have to say, I am very happy to see it go down like this today. Great American Ball Park with 40,000+ kept the energy very high throughout the whole game. The two home runs just added to that energy and it was a wonderful game to watch. Mat Latos pitched a gem and hopefully all of those “haters” out there are now starting to see what a lot of us saw right from the start of the season with him, lots of potential to be the number 1 / 2 pitcher for many years to come.
I am sorry I have not posted much lately. Due to my health I am not always allowed to get around like I would hope but I have been watching the games and I am still a very huge fan just like I was when I was young. Winning today reminded me of the first season I started to cheer for the Reds. It is a great feeling to watch such a young and powerful team clicking so well through out the season.
Now bring on the playoffs and the World Series!
Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been very vocal about this series at Great American Ball Park and want blood for Chapman and Leake hitting their players. A few fans have suggested that their best pitcher who is coming off of a great game should go out there today and hit a Reds player in order to get revenge and get a message out there. What? I won’t include the quote because seriously I really don’t understand the logic. Why would a team which is down 2-0 in the series want to get their best pitcher ejected from the game for something so stupid? I have stayed off of twitter and have not posted much about this series because the Pirates fans are really out head hunting right now and I don’t have the patience to get into an argument with someone over something so dumb. There was no intention behind those pitches. Both pitchers were trying to get the pitches inside and they hit the batters, that is all. If Burnett hits a batter today, the umps will be all over the Pirates and they are only making this worse for themselves. One thing many Pirates fans are not talking about is the fact that they are not facing Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips or Johnny Cueto and still are losing.
I for one will not be upset if Burnett hits one of the Reds players today. I will not go crazy with rage and think it is intentional and I will not go to every Pirates message board out there and post how I think their team should be fined and banned…. LOL Because, as a baseball fan, I understand one very important thing, it is BASEBALL!!!!!!!
And to those Pirates fans out there that do read this, please don’t bash me for writing this. I am just trying to understand the logic behind some of your fans. I have nothing but respect for the Pirates (At the start of the season I predicted them to be 2nd in the division.) Even when your players pretty much acted like babies when they did get hit, I still have respect for the team. So please keep your mean comments to yourselves and have a nice season.
Tuesday 4/24, 7:10 PM ET at Great American Ball Park will be the first Giants vs. Reds series in 2012. Matt Cain will pitch for the Giants while Mat Latos pitches for the Reds. [Probables]
“Cain has thrown nine shutout innings in each of his last two starts, and he’s struck out 15 batters while only allowing four baserunners via walk and hit in that span.” [Source] [vs. Reds] [Career Stats] [Pitch f/x]
I am watching the double-header today with New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants and from what I have seen so far, the Giants are hitting great and pitching even better. I had a good laugh when the announcers were talking about how bad Tim Lincecum is pitching. He allowed a lot of walks but got some great strikeouts also. They were very vocal on his control issues but I still thought he did pretty good in the first game of the two today. Lincecum went 5 innings allowing 4 hits, 1 run with 5 BB and 8 SO. [Source]
Mat Latos is looking to get his first win this season and hopefully he can go deeper into the game with some run support this time around. I think if the Reds can get some good runs for him to start the game he should be able to keep the game close in order to get his first win of 2012. [vs. Giants] [Career Stats] [Pitch F/X]
Cincinnati Reds are not done shopping this offseason. Walt Jocketty has told reporters that he is looking to trade for a SS / INF and they are looking into trying to get LHP Jeff Francis to add some more depth. [Source - Mark Sheldon]
I read that the Reds are looking to maybe getting Francis signed to a minor league deal which in my mind would be great, but there are a few other teams looking into trying to sign him so I am not sure if a deal will get done. Jeff Francis would be better off coming back to the National League though since he did not have to good of a season for Kansas City Royals in 2011. There are some people who think Francis would not be a good option because of Great American Ball Park but if they do sign him to a minor league deal I really don’t see it as being a big issue since it will give the team more options. It would be another low risk high returns kind of deal which has been paying off for Walt Jocketty this offseason so far.
There have been a few people interested in the SS / INF trade talk and I have to be very honest, I am just as stumped as you are to who they will go after and who they will give up to get a backup utility infielder. I have some guesses but so far I have been way off when trying to guess what Walt will do. I thought maybe Carlos Fisher or Jose Arredondo would be traded for what they need but like I said before, I have not been too good at guessing this offseason.
Mike Leake finished the 2011 season with a 12 – 9 record while getting a 3.86 ERA with 118 strike outs and only allowing 38 walks.
He threw his 88 MPH cut fastball 775 times (30.6%) and hit the strike Zone 67.6% of the time with 50.3% swing, 7.6% whiff, 19.5% foul and 23.2% in play.
629 times he threw a 89 MPH sinker with 60.4% of them in the strike zone with 37.2% swung on and 3.5% whiff, 13.4% foul and 20.3% in play.
Leake threw a deadly slider in 2011 426 times (16.8%) topping out at 82.7 MPH. 65% were strikes and 55.4% were swung on with 20.7% whiff and 16.9 foul with 17.8% in play.
His change-up was thrown 297 times and hit the strike zone 59.9% of the time with 43.8% swing, 7.1% whiff, 15.8% foul and 20.9% in play.
Leake’s 89 MPH 4-seam fastball was thrown 222 times (8.8%) with 64.4% of them being strikes and 46.8% swung on. 2.3% whiff, 20.3% foul and 24.3% in play.
His curveball was thrown 178 times (7%) and hit the strike zone 61.8% of the time with 33.7% swung on, 4.5% whiff and 15.2% foul with 14% in play.
Leake also threw a fastball 7 times in 2011 with 57.1% strikes and 28.6% swung on with 14.3% fouled off and 14.3% put in play.
In 2011 Mike Leake had some great at-bat results with 24.17% groundout, 16.98% stirkeout, 14.82% single and 14.10% flyout. He also had 5.04% walk and 3.31% home run which is pretty good for pitching most games in Great American Ball Park.
I think Mike Leake will have another great season for Cincinnati Reds in 2012 and he will give Mat Latos and Johnny Cueto a good run for those top two spots in the rotation in spring training. Having Leake as the number three guy in the rotation hopefully will help get Bronson Arroyo back to form this season and maybe help him bounce back from a rough season in 2011.