NLDS Game 4: Reds vs. Giants (4:07 EDT). Leake vs. Zito.

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Mike Leake answers the call. Hopefully while he was working out or something.

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San Francisco Giants
@ Cincinnati Reds

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Barry Zito vs Mike Leake


TV: TBS; RADIO: WLW, KNBR,; WEB: Postseason.TV, Gameday Audio


Sunny. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.

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It wasn't supposed to be this way. After dominating the Giants in their home park, winning - and scoring runs - in Cincinnati almost seemed like an afterthought. There wasn't supposed to be a Game 4, let alone a Mike Leake start (no offense).

We got a little punch-drunk.

The hand has been dealt. And it's still a very good hand. The Reds were forced to call Mike Leake out of semi-vacation (he's been throwing bullpens) to start, with Cueto down and Latos suffering some kind of bug. The bad news is that Leake has pitched considerably worse at GABP than he has on the road this season. The good news is that the the Reds are pretty well backstopped in the bullpen thanks to strong starts in Game 2 and 3. They also have Mat Latos - and Bronson - in wait for tomorrow or, possibly, an emergency today.

Just as good is the news that almost the whole lineup against Zito has been good-to-great. Joey Votto is really the only one that's struggled. And Zito has been terrible at GABP. Of course, the Giants have hit Leake too. But remember what I said about the bullpen?

Losing Cueto for this series and next sucks. So here's a little bit more good news: Mike Leake went 8-29 with a HR against lefty starters this season.

Mike Leake
Barry Zito
Age 34
4.59 (93) ERA (ERA+) 4.15 (84)
1.352 WHIP 1.389
2.83 K/BB 1.63
15.3% K% 14.3%
BB% 8.8%
HR/9 1.0
FIP 4.49
SIERA 4.89
IP 184.0
GB% 40.4%
xFIP 4.92


Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Zack Cozart (R) SS
Joey Votto (L) 1B
Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Todd Frazier (R) 3B
Dioner Navarro (S) C
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Mike Leake (R) P


Ryan Hanigan (R) C
Scott Rolen (R) 3B
Miguel Cairo (R) IF
Wilson Valdez (R) SS
Chris Heisey (R) OF
Xavier Paul (L) OF


Angel Pagan (S) CF
Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
Buster Posey (R) 1B
Hunter Pence (R) RF
Hector Sanchez (S) C
Gregor Blanco (L) LF
Brandon Crawford (L) SS
Barry Zito (L) P


Reliever 2012 IP
NLDS (4 day span)
Aroldis Chapman 71.2
43 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 58.0
43 pitches
Sean Marshall 61
21 pitches
Jose Arredondo 62
27 pitches
Sam LeCure 57.1
25 pitches
Alfredo Simon 61
0 pitches
J.J. Hoover
19 pitches
Mat Latos
57 pitches (Saturday)

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