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:
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|
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.
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