Two sides of pitching for Reds, the good and bad. The good news is that the Bullpen is sharp and ready to tackle the next 4 games, the bad news is that Mike Leake last potential start was bitter and cruel, just like his 2013 start. The bad start cost the Reds and must win 3 out of 4 games to claim homefield for wildcard and will need miracles from Washington and Chicago this week to win the division. I have faith in this team and that is why I LIKED Dusty Baker’s decision to pitch Mat Latos on regular rest, because if wild card game is around, Latos will be available to start, it seems Dusty is putting his trust on Latos to deliver. As for the playoff part, expect Latos to only pitch 5 innings today, same goes for Homer Bailey and Bronson Arroyo in the Pittsburgh Series.
The grades were two sided, Leake failed miserably and the Bullpen received an A for their performance last night.
STARTERS: Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake
- 8.2 IP, 11 H. 6 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 7 SO & 2 HR
- 5.19 ERA & 1.62 WHIP
- 62.18% (D)
BULLPEN: Alfredo Simón, Aroldis Chapman, J.J. Hoover, Logan Ondrusek, Manny Parra, Sam LeCure, Sean Marshall and Zach Duke
- 10.1 IP, 5 H, BB & 9 SO
- 0.00 ERA & 0.58 WHIP
- 96.77% (A)
Daisuke Matsuzaka: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 HR, 4 R & 6 SO
Mat Latos: 6 IP, 9 H, 3 2B, 3B, 3 R, 6 SO & SF