The Reds look to extend their "winning-streak" to three games tonight as Homer Bailey takes the mound opposed by Yovani Gallardo. Homer has pitched 4 consecutive quality starts, sporting a solid 3.77 ERA. Amazingly, Bailey has produced this season despite sub-par peripherals. Compared to last season Bailey's K/9 is down while his BB/9 and HR/9 are up. Sometimes it really is better to be lucky than good.
Homer's counterpart hasn't been so lucky. Despite striking out nearly 1 hitter per inning, Gallardo has been knocked around to the tune of a 5.79 ERA in 6 starts. He has struggled with his control thus far (throwing 41% balls), with a BB/9 of 3.86. A patient approach might serve the Reds well in this one. It should be noted however, that Gallardo's inflated ERA is entirely the work of the St. Louis Cardinals' offense. In 2 starts against the WLBs, Gallardo allowed 14 earned runs over 5.2 innings pitched. All four starts against non-Cardinals teams were quality starts for Yovani.
Lineups after the jump!
|Zack Cozart SS |
| || Rickie Weeks 2B |
| Joey Votto 1B ||Ryan Braun LF |
| Aramis Ramirez 3B |
| ||Corey Hart RF |
| Travis Ishikawa 1B |
| Devin Mesoraco C || Cesar Izturis SS |
|Homer Bailey RHP||Yovani Gallardo RHP |
|Reliever||5/3||5/4||5/5||5/6||5/7||5 day totals|
|Sean Marshall||1.0, 20p||Cueto CG!||1.0, 16p||2.0 IP, 16 pitches|
|Aroldis Chapman||1.0, 16p||1.1, 20p||2.1 IP, 36 pitches |
|Logan Ondrusek||1.0, 12p||1.1, 11p||2.1 IP, 23 pitches |
|Jose Arredondo||1.0, 10p||1.0, 30p||2.0 IP, 40 pitches|
|Sam LeCure||0.0 IP, 0 pitches |
|J.J. Hoover||0.2, 18p||0.2 IP, 18 pitches |
|Alfredo Simon||1.0, 8p||1.0 IP, 8 pitches|