Series #8 Preview: Nats vs Reds

On Monday the Nats started a tough stretchof 39 games in which 26 of them are against teams that finished over .500 in 2012. The bright side is that after these 39, the Nats will play just 27 such games over the final 105 (roughly 65%) games of the season. Silver linings aside, the Nats failed to take any of three very winnable games against the Cardinals at Nats Park and have left the fan base frustrated. As Huzz pointed out this morning, it’s been a little of everything going wrong at different points that have led the Nats to their record under .500 since September 28, 2011.

The Nats look to get back on track against a Cincinnati Reds club that looked lost during a five-game skid early in the month but have since found their footing with series’ against Miami, Philadelphia and the Cubs, winning eight of their last ten. The Reds however are without their ace Johnny Cueto who is currently on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his back. Offensively the Reds are as dangerous as ever, ranking 5th in MLB in OPS (.756) and 4th in runs per game (5.18). Cincinnati pitching is just as lethal, ranking 6th in ERA at 3.29 (3.60 FIP, 9th), 4th in K/9 at 8.70 and 1st in K:BB at 3.72. The Nats took one of three at Cincinnati in early April with the rubber match being tight until a 3-run sixth, look for all four of these games to be tightly contested.

Game 22: Thursday, April 25, Nationals Park 7:05pm, Bronson Arroyo, RHP (2-1, 3.54 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez, LHP (1-1, 5.85 ERA)

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Bronson Arroyo has been very good for the Reds out of the #3 slot in the rotation, going 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 0.96 BB/9 over 28 IP in four starts, with his last two outings lasting 8IP each. Although he didn’t face the Nats in Cincinnati earlier this month, Arroyo is 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA, 1.200 WHIP and a 2.2 K:BB in 66.2 IP over 11 career starts against Washington.

Arroyo routinely throws a Sinker (85-90, 87 avg), Changeup (73-85, 77 avg), Slider (73-79, 76 avg) and a Curveball (66-73, 70 avg). He also has a Fastball (83-90, 87 avg) but has only thrown it a total of 18 times this season.

Looking at how current Nats have hit Arroyo, this could be a game that wakes up the bats. Not only is Bryce Harper 2 for 3 (1.333 OPS) but Desmond is 4-13 with two doubles (.862 OPS), Bernadina is 7-10 with two doubles (1.567 OPS), Tracy is 4-11 (.818 OPS) and Danny Espinosa is 4-8 (1.125 OPS). On the down side Adam LaRoche is only 5-29 with five strikeouts against Arroyo.

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Current Nationals vs. Bronson Arroyo:

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="PA" class="tooltip" tip="Plate Appearances
When available, we use actual plate appearances from play-by-play game accounts
Otherwise estimated using AB + BB + HBP + SF + SH,
which excludes catcher interferences.
When this color click for a summary of each PA." align="center">PA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="batting_avg" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Hits/At Bats
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played
Bold indicates highest BA using current stats
Gold means awarded title at end of year." align="center">BA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="(H + BB + HBP)/(At Bats + BB + HBP + SF)
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OBP

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="slugging_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Total Bases/At Bats or
(1B + 2*2B + 3*3B + 4*HR)/AB

For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">SLG

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For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OPS

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Adam LaRoche 33 29 5 1 0 1 2 2 5 .172 .273 .310 .583
Ian Desmond 15 13 4 2 0 0 3 1 2 .308 .400 .462 .862
Roger Bernadina 12 10 7 2 0 0 2 1 0 .700 .667 .900 1.567
Chad Tracy 11 11 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 .364 .364 .455 .818
Danny Espinosa 9 8 4 1 0 0 2 0 1 .500 .500 .625 1.125
Jayson Werth 9 8 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250 .333 .250 .583
Bryce Harper 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Kurt Suzuki 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Zach Duke 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Craig Stammen 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 111 98 32 9 0 2 10 5 11 .327 .374 .480 .853
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Generated 4/25/2013.

Gio’s last start went as well as you could hope through three innings, he was staked a 3-0 lead and had only conceded a walk and a hit. Then came the bottom of the fourth where Gio allowed leadoff triple followed by a walk, then proceeded to get two outs before walking the bases loaded which is approximately where the wheels came off. Gonzalez then gave up a single a walk and two more singles before getting out of the inning with the Mets having plated five and taking a 5-3 lead. Gio escaped with a no decision but his season stats current sits at 1-1, with a 5.85 ERA (3.96 FIP), 1.45 WHIP, 9.00 K/9 and 4.95 BB/9.

Gio didn’t face the Reds earlier this season, and just like this game looks to be a candidate to wake up the bats, it may also be one to wake up Gio Gonzalez. In three career starts against the Reds Gio is 1-0 with a 0.95 ERA, 0.842 WHIP, 11.8 K/9 and 5.00 K:BB. Historically he has held current Reds to a combined .708 OPS, with Votto (.873 OPS) and Choo (.908 OPS) being the ones with the most sustained success against Gio.

Current Reds vs Gio Gonzalez:

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When available, we use actual plate appearances from play-by-play game accounts
Otherwise estimated using AB + BB + HBP + SF + SH,
which excludes catcher interferences.
When this color click for a summary of each PA." align="center">PA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="batting_avg" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Hits/At Bats
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played
Bold indicates highest BA using current stats
Gold means awarded title at end of year." align="center">BA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="(H + BB + HBP)/(At Bats + BB + HBP + SF)
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OBP

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="slugging_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Total Bases/At Bats or
(1B + 2*2B + 3*3B + 4*HR)/AB

For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">SLG

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_plus_slugging" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="On-Base + Slugging Percentages
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OPS

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Shin-Soo Choo 16 15 5 3 0 0 0 1 5 .333 .375 .533 .908
Joey Votto 9 7 2 1 0 0 1 2 2 .286 .444 .429 .873
Cesar Izturis 8 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .571
Jay Bruce 6 5 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 .400 .333 .800 1.133
Jack Hannahan 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 .250 .500 .500 1.000
Brandon Phillips 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
Zack Cozart 6 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
Devin Mesoraco 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500 .750
Chris Heisey 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 67 59 15 8 0 0 3 6 19 .254 .318 .390 .708
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Game 23: Friday, April 26, Nationals Park 7:05pm, Homer Bailey, RHP (1-1, 3.24 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP (3-1, 2.67 ERA)

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After throwing a gem against Washington in the midst of a 15-0 drubbing by the Reds, Homer Bailey went on to lay an egg at St. Louis surrendering seven runs in five innings, including three homeruns. Bailey is firmly back on the right track after an 8IP, 10K outing against Philly and a 6IP, 2ER, 8K outing against Miami.

Bailey mainly works with his 4-Seam Fastball (89-96, 93 avg), 2-Seam Fastball (89-97, 93 avg), and Slider (81-90, 87 avg) while mixing in a Curveball (75-82, 78 avg) and a Changeup (83-88, 86 avg).

In three career starts Bailey is 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA, 1.714 WHIP and a 7.7 K/9. Yes, that’s after his 6IP, 2H, 0ER performance earlier this year. Current Nats are not so hot against Bailey going a collective 7 for 44 (.495 OPS). The only two to really “excel” have been Werth with a .856 OPS in 10 PA’s and Zach Duke with a 1.333 OPS in 3 PA’s.

Current Nationals vs Homer Bailey:

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When available, we use actual plate appearances from play-by-play game accounts
Otherwise estimated using AB + BB + HBP + SF + SH,
which excludes catcher interferences.
When this color click for a summary of each PA." align="center">PA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="batting_avg" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Hits/At Bats
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played
Bold indicates highest BA using current stats
Gold means awarded title at end of year." align="center">BA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="(H + BB + HBP)/(At Bats + BB + HBP + SF)
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OBP

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="slugging_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Total Bases/At Bats or
(1B + 2*2B + 3*3B + 4*HR)/AB

For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">SLG

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_plus_slugging" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="On-Base + Slugging Percentages
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OPS

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Jayson Werth 10 9 2 0 0 1 1 1 3 .222 .300 .556 .856
Adam LaRoche 8 7 1 1 0 0 2 1 3 .143 .250 .286 .536
Denard Span 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .333 .200 .533
Ian Desmond 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Danny Espinosa 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250 .400 .250 .650
Kurt Suzuki 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Zach Duke 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Bryce Harper 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Chad Tracy 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Roger Bernadina 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000
Total 49 44 7 1 0 1 3 5 12 .159 .245 .250 .495
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Jordan Zimmermann has been one of the two most consistent performers in the Nats rotation, going 3-1 in four starts with a 2.67 ERA (3.64 FIP) while averaging 6.75 IP/start. His last start against the Mets was his “worst” of the young season as he went 5IP on 96 pitches, surrendering two runs and taking the loss.

Jordan is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA, 1.083 WHIP and 3.17 K:BB in 24IP over four career starts against the Reds. Current Reds have a combined .706 OPS against Zimmermann, with only Votto (1.511 OPS) and Frazier (.800 OPS) compiling OPS’s over .750 against him.

Current Reds vs Jordan Zimmermann:

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When available, we use actual plate appearances from play-by-play game accounts
Otherwise estimated using AB + BB + HBP + SF + SH,
which excludes catcher interferences.
When this color click for a summary of each PA." align="center">PA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="batting_avg" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Hits/At Bats
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played
Bold indicates highest BA using current stats
Gold means awarded title at end of year." align="center">BA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="(H + BB + HBP)/(At Bats + BB + HBP + SF)
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OBP

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="slugging_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Total Bases/At Bats or
(1B + 2*2B + 3*3B + 4*HR)/AB

For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">SLG

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_plus_slugging" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="On-Base + Slugging Percentages
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OPS

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Joey Votto 11 8 4 0 0 1 1 3 0 .500 .636 .875 1.511
Jay Bruce 11 11 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .091 .091 .364 .455
Brandon Phillips 9 7 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .286 .444 .286 .730
Todd Frazier 5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .400 .400 .400 .800
Bronson Arroyo 5 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .200 .250 .450
Zack Cozart 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Cesar Izturis 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Xavier Paul 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 50 44 11 0 0 2 4 4 11 .250 .320 .386 .706
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Generated 4/25/2013.

Game 24: Saturday, April 27, Nationals Park 1:05pm, Mike Leake, RHP (1-0, 3.81 ERA) vs. Dan Haren, RHP (1-3, 7.36 ERA)

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Mike Leake is off to a good start for the Reds going 1-0 over four starts with a 3.81 ERA (4.28 FIP) and a 2.25 K:BB. In his most recent outing Leake gave up two early runs before settling in, eventually lasting 7 innings and garnering a no decision.

Leake relies mainly on his Sinker (86-93, 90 avg) and sprinkles in numerous pitches including a Changeup (82-86, 84 avg), Cutter (85-91, 88 avg), Curveball (75-80, 78 avg), Fastball (87-93, 91 avg) and a Slider (78-82, 80 avg).

In seven career starts against Washington Leake has gone 3-2 with a 5.26 ERA, 1.280 WHIP and 2.08 K:BB over 39.1 IP. Current Nats as a whole have a .812 OPS against Leake with Werth (1.140 OPS), Espinosa (.824 OPS) and Bernadina (1.357 OPS) leading the way over 19, 14 and 8 PA’s respectively.

Current Nationals vs Mike Leake:

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When available, we use actual plate appearances from play-by-play game accounts
Otherwise estimated using AB + BB + HBP + SF + SH,
which excludes catcher interferences.
When this color click for a summary of each PA." align="center">PA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="batting_avg" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Hits/At Bats
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played
Bold indicates highest BA using current stats
Gold means awarded title at end of year." align="center">BA

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For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OBP

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(1B + 2*2B + 3*3B + 4*HR)/AB

For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">SLG

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_plus_slugging" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="On-Base + Slugging Percentages
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OPS

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Ian Desmond 20 19 6 1 0 0 3 1 2 .316 .350 .368 .718
Jayson Werth 19 15 6 1 0 1 2 3 2 .400 .474 .667 1.140
Danny Espinosa 14 13 3 1 0 1 2 1 3 .231 .286 .538 .824
Roger Bernadina 8 7 3 0 0 1 3 1 1 .429 .500 .857 1.357
Ross Detwiler 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .167 .000 .167
Adam LaRoche 5 4 2 1 0 0 3 1 0 .500 .600 .750 1.350
Bryce Harper 5 5 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .200 .200 .800 1.000
Denard Span 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Chad Tracy 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Zach Duke 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Kurt Suzuki 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 92 80 22 4 0 4 15 8 13 .275 .337 .475 .812
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Generated 4/25/2013.

Oh, Dan Haren. While he’s been tough to watch at times, he has certainly made steps in the right direction. Aside from his cutter that isn’t moving, everything appears to be in order when you look at K/9 and BB/9. Haren will most likely come to a crossroad somewhat soon on whether to continue trying the cutter or to adjust his gameplan to lessen his reliance on it. Either way, Dan Haren will continue to get better as the season goes on, far better than his current 7.36 ERA (6.06 FIP) suggests. In his most recent start Haren went five innings while allowing three runs and uncharacteristically walking three.

With his 4 IP, 6 ER, 4 HR performance against the Reds certainly not helping, Dan Haren is 2-3 with a 5.26 ERA, 1.115 WHIP and 4.86 K:BB in seven career appearances (six starts) against the Reds over 37.2 IP. Current Reds are collectively posting a .852 OPS against Haren. Choo (1.040 OPS) and Phillips (.933 OPS) garnering the most success over 17 and 15 PA’s. The second coming of Barry Bonds, aka Zack Cozart, is 2-2 against Haren with 2 homeruns (5.000 OPS).

Current Reds vs Dan Haren:

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When available, we use actual plate appearances from play-by-play game accounts
Otherwise estimated using AB + BB + HBP + SF + SH,
which excludes catcher interferences.
When this color click for a summary of each PA." align="center">PA

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Bold indicates highest BA using current stats
Gold means awarded title at end of year." align="center">BA

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For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OBP

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(1B + 2*2B + 3*3B + 4*HR)/AB

For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">SLG

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_plus_slugging" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="On-Base + Slugging Percentages
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OPS

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Shin-Soo Choo 17 16 5 1 1 1 1 0 3 .313 .353 .688 1.040
Brandon Phillips 15 15 4 0 0 2 4 0 5 .267 .267 .667 .933
Jack Hannahan 12 11 3 2 0 0 2 1 4 .273 .333 .455 .788
Joey Votto 10 9 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .400 .333 .733
Jay Bruce 8 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500
Cesar Izturis 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Xavier Paul 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Chris Heisey 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Zack Cozart 2 2 2 0 0 2 4 0 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000
Todd Frazier 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .500 .500 2.000 2.500
Total 83 80 21 4 1 6 12 2 21 .263 .289 .563 .852
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/25/2013.

Game 25: Sunday, April 28, Nationals Park 1:35pm, Tony Cingrani, LHP (1-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Ross Detwiler, LHP (1-1, 1.38 ERA)

A 3rd round pick in the 2011 draft out of Rice University, Tony Cingrani was called up on April 16th to replace Johnny Cueto in the rotation and as of this writing has yet to disappoint. In two starts, granted against the Cubs and Marlins, Cingrani is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA (3.09 FIP), 12.75 K/9 and a 2.25 BB/9. In 211.2 innings in the minors Cingrani racked up a 14-6 record in 42 appearances (41 starts) with a 1.62 ERA, 11.8 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9.

Cingrani is a deceptive pitcher who relies on his Fastball (88-95, 92 avg) over 75% of the time. He also peppers in a Slider (74-80, 78 avg) and a Changeup (82-87, 84 avg). Cingrani has neither faced the Nats or a current National.

Ross Detwiler has been absolutely stellar for the Nats so far this season, keeping them in every game he’s started and looking extremely comfortable on the mound. Despite four superb outings, Ross sits at 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA (3.32 FIP) and a 1.73 BB/9. His last outing saw him take the loss on a 6 IP, 2 ER effort against St. Louis.

In five career starts against the Reds, Ross is 0-3 with a 2.48 ERA, 1.414 WHIP and 2.22 K:BB. He holds current Reds to a collective .660 OPS with the standouts being Votto’s .917 OPS in 12 PA’s, Cozart’s 1.000 OPS in 6 PA’s and Heisey’s .800 OPS in 5  PA’s.

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Current Reds vs Ross Detwiler:

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="PA" class="tooltip" tip="Plate Appearances
When available, we use actual plate appearances from play-by-play game accounts
Otherwise estimated using AB + BB + HBP + SF + SH,
which excludes catcher interferences.
When this color click for a summary of each PA." align="center">PA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="batting_avg" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Hits/At Bats
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played
Bold indicates highest BA using current stats
Gold means awarded title at end of year." align="center">BA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="(H + BB + HBP)/(At Bats + BB + HBP + SF)
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OBP

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="slugging_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Total Bases/At Bats or
(1B + 2*2B + 3*3B + 4*HR)/AB

For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">SLG

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_plus_slugging" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="On-Base + Slugging Percentages
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played" align="center">OPS

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Brandon Phillips 15 15 4 1 0 0 3 0 1 .267 .267 .333 .600
Jay Bruce 14 11 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 .091 .286 .091 .377
Joey Votto 12 8 1 0 0 1 1 3 1 .125 .417 .500 .917
Mike Leake 7 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
Zack Cozart 6 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Chris Heisey 5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800
Shin-Soo Choo 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
Todd Frazier 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Devin Mesoraco 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .333
Cesar Izturis 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 70 59 14 2 0 1 5 7 8 .237 .338 .322 .660
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/25/2013.

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