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Reds at Giants (June 26, 2014)

The 39-38 Cincinnati Reds begin a four-game series tonight in San Francisco against the 46-32 Giants. Although the Giants boast the 2nd best record in the National League and the 3rd best record in all of baseball, they have not been playing well lately. Since winning two out of three games in Cincinnati on June 3-5, the Giants have gone 7-11 and have been outscored 85-67. Steve’s excellent series preview details all you need to know about this current Giants roster.

The Reds haven’t lost a series since playing the Giants in Great American Ballpark on June 3-5. They are 12-7 in the 19 games since June 5th and have outscored their opponents 100 to 80.

The Reds need to keep winning to catch up to their NL Central opponents. As well as the Reds have played this month, they still have gained just one game on the Cardinals and actually lost a half game on the Brewers this month. The NL Central June win-loss record through June 25:
MIL: 15-9
STL: 13-10
CIN: 14-9
PIT: 14-9
CHC: 12-11

Mike Leake allowed 5 runs over 5 innings in his June start against San Francisco. He’s coming off a great 8-inning, 1-run performance against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ryan Vogelsong‘s only quality start in his last five games was against Cincinnati. He allowed 7 hits and just two runs over 6.1 innings. However, in those five games including the Cincinnati start, Vogelsong has a 5.97 ERA.

At the outset of this series, the Reds bullpen appears to be well rested. The table below summarizes reliever pitch counts over the past 5 days. Only Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Broxton have had multiple appearances. Manny Parra last pitched on June 19th and June 20th.

Pitcher Total Pitches June 25 June 24 June 23 June 22 June 21
Chapman 38 20 18
LeCure 31 31
Broxton 25 11 14
Diaz 15 15
Hoover 11 11
Ondrusek 10 10
Contreras 9 9
Parra 0

AAA Louisville has placed Tony Cingrani on the 7-day DL with a “left shoulder strain.” Depending on the severity of the injury, this could jeopardize his chances of being the Reds 6th starter for the doubleheader against the Cubs in two weeks.

As of press time, Brandon Phillips is penciled into the starting lineup, batting 5th. Jay Bruce, who has had at least one extra base hit in six consecutive games and is hitting .284/.341/.556 for the month of June, is hitting 6th.

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
5. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
6. Jay Bruce (L) RF
7. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Mike Leake (R) P

Although the Giants have been losing a lot lately, this series looks to have a lot of close pitching matchups. Hopefully the Reds have caught them at the right time and can return the favor of beating the Giants in their own ballpark.

If you’re a night owl, stay up with us and discuss the game here. The game is on Fox Sports Ohio and NBC Bay Area in corresponding local markets, and listed as one of two possible games shown nationally on the MLB Network.


253 thoughts on “Reds at Giants (June 26, 2014)

  1. Cowboy says Phillips still limping. Trying to score from first probably wasn’t the move.

    • From replay it looked like he was hobbling coming into third, not the smartest nights by the team, but hopefully Leak’s performance makes it moot

  2. Unbelievable. I thought the 1-2 pitch was a strike. Leake just puts his head down and strikes out Pence on the next pitch. One of the most impressive games of his career.

  3. wow that was one gutsy call by Price to send him out there and Leake is just in the zone what can you say? Maybe our best pitcher right now.

  4. Gladly eating a little crow about not wanting Leake to face Pence. Even against a depleted San Fran lineup, a very nice job tonight …

  5. Make’s you want to see him come back out for the 9th, what’s Leake Career high for pitches and K’s…from the numbers appears he is throwing harder than Latos last night

  6. Pitching order as of now:

    1. Cueto
    2. Simon
    3. Leake
    4. Bailey
    5. Latos

    As Latos finds his groove, i expect him to surpass Leake and Simon.

    • If leake can get on track regularly he could be the best pitcher. We he learns that striking batters out is the way to go He will be unstoppable. Possibly a no-hitter. He just doesnt play that card to often.

  7. Bruce is suddenly not that far from his regular numbers. .240/.331/.424. Still has some slugging to make up but he is getting there. His walk rate seems to be going back down a bit, but still right around 10% for June.

    • I would like to vote for not Diaz, no reason Chapman cannot go 3 days in a row, I am pretty sure he has been effective 4 straight days only 10 pitches tonite- thanks Giants

  8. Buster gives me that same queezy feeling that Will Clark always have me when he came to bat. I feared Clark more than Bonds. Same with Posey.

    • Struck out a pretty good hitter, hopefully too hurt to damage and only had to throw 10 pitches

  9. Can’t sweep unless you win the first game of the series, and the Reds did that. The Tsunami known as the “Reds Surge” continues on its path of destruction for any team that lays in its path. Beware the “Reds Surge” Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

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