Reds Series Preview

Tonight the Cincinnati Reds open a three game series at the K against the Kansas City Royals.  The Reds are 1.5 games back of the 1st place Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central, while the Royals are 7.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.

Team Rankings:

Reds

 

Royals

31-28

Record

25-34

14-14

Home

15-15

17-14

Road

10-19

5-5

Last 10

2-8

Reds

Pitching

Royals

3.85

5th

ERA

4.25

15th

230

21st

BB

204

9th

407

18th

SO

412

16th

1.34

t-6th

WHIP

1.40

t-13th

248

5th

Runs Allowed

276

t-14th

Reds

Hitting

Royals

.247

t-26th

BA

.249

t-23rd

.322

23rd

OBP

.315

28th

.395

22nd

SLG

.400

20th

61

17th

HR

51

22nd

32

t-22nd

SB

34

17th

210

18th

BB

175

t-26th

400

15th

SO

398

14th

256

22nd

Runs

238

27th

Reds

Fielding

Royals

.981

t-24th

FP

.981

t-24th

.7262

3rd

DER

.6932

28th

43

26th

E

42

t-23rd

The Pitching Matchups:
6/12 LHP-Matt Maloney (0-0, 3.00) vs. RHP-Luke Hochevar (1-2, 7.85)
6/13 RHP-Bronson Arroyo (7-4, 5.00) vs. RHP-Kyle Davies (2-6, 5.13)
6/14 RHP-Johnny Cueto (6-3, 2.33) vs. RHP-Brian Bannister (4-3, 4.69)

Thoughts:
Welcome back Interleague play!  Maybe facing a few NL teams that don’t reside in St. Louis will be the cure for what ails the Royals.  Unfortunately the Reds can’t improve the Royals fielding.

The only Reds regular to be hitting over .300 on the season is 1B-Joey Votto who is currently on the DL with “stress related issues.”  2B-Brandon Phillips is having another solid year hitting .274/.347/.508 with 10 HR.  OF-Jay Bruce has 15 HR on the season, but is only hitting .214.  C-Ramon Hernandez, OF-Willy Taveras, and IF/OF-Jerry Hairston Jr. are all solid ML players with ability but should not scare the Royals pitching staff.

The Royals will not have to face Aaron Harang since he just pitched on Wednesday, and they won’t have to face Edinson Volquez who is on the DL.  That is the good news.  The bad news is that they will have their hands full with young stud Johnny Cueto.  Matt Maloney and the enigmatic Bronson Arroyo are wildcards.

The bad news for the Royals is the fact they won’t be sending Gil Meche of Zack Greinke to the mound in the series.  We don’t know what to expect from Bannister, Davies, and Hochevar, and the bullpen is still in shambles.  Farnsworth proved again last night that he is nothing more than a low-leverage middle reliever.  Soria, Mahay, and Cruz are nowhere near their 2008 form. Bale, Wright, and Colon have had their moments both good and bad.

Offensively and defensively, both teams are in the bottom third of MLB.  In terms of pitching both teams are in the top half.  The Royals starters have begun to turn things around which gives me hope that they can get out of the awful funk they are in.  But even with good pitching and little bit of offense, the defense will continue to cost the team victories.  My projection is that the Royals will win 1 of the 3 games.  I can see a scenario where they take 2 of 3, but that hinges on Trey Hillman making sound managerial decisions and the defense playing sound error free baseball.  In short, it’s not very likely but it is baseball and anything can happen.

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Tags: AL Central Baseball Brandon Phillips Bronson Arroyo Cincinnati Reds Jay Bruce Jerry Hairston Joey Votto Johnny Cueto Kansas City Royals KC Matt Maloney MLB Ramon Hernandez Willy Taveras

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