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Know Your Foe #30: Division-leading Reds welcome Rockies to Great American Ballpark

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CINCINNATI REDS (49-41, 1st in NL Central)

2009 Record vs. Rockies: 0-7

Last Series vs. Rockies: September 7-10, 2009 @ Coors Field (L 0-4)

The Reds were doubled up by the Rockies in the series, as they were outscored 16-8 in what was an atypically low-scoring set of games in Denver. Colorado used late-game heroics to beat the Reds in three out of the four games in the series, with the exception being the last game - in which former Red/Rockie Kip Wells allowed all five runs in the bottom of the third inning. Other than that, the starting pitching - in this case, consisting of Homer Bailey, Matt Maloney, and Bronson Arroyo - did a nice job of containing the Colorado offense. As for the Reds' offense, Brandon Phillips came away from the series with five hits - all singles - to lead the way. Scott Rolen had three hits, including a key homer in the eighth inning of Game 3, but the Cincinnati bats were pretty much non-existent aside from that.

Recent Series Results: won 2-1 at New York (NL), lost 0-4 at Philadelphia

The Reds are coming off of a pretty brutal 11-game road trip of their own, as they finished 5-6 in games against the Cubs, Mets, and Phillies. They started off by going 5-2 in their first two series before a draining series sweep at the hands of the defending NL Champions that put them under .500 for the trip. They got very good pitching in the last two games against the Phillies, as Travis Wood carried a perfect game into the ninth inning in his start, and only allowed one hit in nine complete innings while striking out eight. However, the Reds' bats weren't able to do anything against Roy Halladay and later, the Philly bullpen. In the next game, Maloney kept the Philly bats in check by allowing just a run on four hits in six innings, but this time the Cincy bats were frozen by Cole Hamels on their way to being shutout in back-to-back games. It will definitely be interesting to see if the Reds can revive their offense upon returning home. The statistics say yes, as the Reds have posted an OPS of .830 at home, which is over 100 points higher than their road OPS (.728).

Friday-Sunday: 3-game series @ Great American Ballpark

Expected Pitching Matchups

Friday, 16 July 2010 @ 5:10pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jason Hammel 7-3 15 15 0 0 0 0 90.1 97 42 41 9 24 72 4.08 1.34


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Bronson Arroyo 9-4 18 18 1 0 0 0 120.1 107 54 54 13 41 58 4.04 1.23

Saturday, 17 July 2010 @ 5:10pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jorge De La Rosa 3-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 27.1 26 18 15 2 14 32 4.94 1.46


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Edinson Volquez 4-0 6 6 0 0 0 0 31 14 5 5 1 8 28 1.45 0.71

*The impressive stats listed above are Volquez's combined numbers from his six rehab appearances in the minors. This will be his first start for the Reds since June 1st, 2009, prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery. He hasn't officially been activated yet, so he still appears on the injury report at the end of this article.

Sunday, 18 July 2010 @ 11:10am MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Aaron Cook 3-5 22 17 2 0 0 0 99.2 108 59 54 8 40 44 4.88 1.48


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - TBA 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00

*The Reds have yet to decide the order of their rotation after Volquez.

More after the jump...

Expected Lineup

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Brandon Phillips
2B 0.294 0.351 0.469 0.820 0.174 0.315 0.356
Orlando Cabrera
SS 0.245 0.283 0.329 0.612 0.084 0.265 0.278
Joey Votto
1B 0.314 0.422 0.589 1.011 0.275 0.346 0.433
Scott Rolen
3B 0.290 0.361 0.548 0.909 0.258 0.289 0.385
Johnny Gomes
LF 0.277 0.330 0.471 0.801 0.194 0.322 0.340
Jay Bruce
RF 0.266 0.339 0.446 0.785 0.180 0.326 0.342
 Chris Heisey
CF 0.286 0.378 0.557 0.935 0.271 0.313 0.395
Ryan Hanigan
C 0.333 0.449 0.481 0.930 0.148 0.352 0.407

 

Bench

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Corky Miller C 0.224 0.274 0.328 0.602 0.103 0.279 0.271
Miguel Cairo
IF
0.306 0.345 0.417 0.761 0.111 0.337 0.339
Paul Janish
IF
0.296 0.397 0.463 0.860 0.167 0.311 0.370
Laynce Nix
OF
0.234 0.268 0.411 0.679 0.178 0.276 0.284
Drew Stubbs
OF
0.235 0.310 0.399 0.709 0.164 0.297 0.321

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Francisco Cordero 3-3 43 0 0 0 24 6 40.2 41 19 19 5 22 34 4.20 1.55

Injuries


Cincinnati Reds Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ramon Hernandez knee 07/05/2010
Homer Bailey shoulder 05/24/2010
Aaron Harang lower-back 07/01/2010
Mike Lincoln other-excused 06/01/2010

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Edinson Volquez elbow 02/22/2010
Chris Dickerson other-excused 04/30/2010