Sam LeCure has never faced the Padres, but he has faced Ludwick and Ryan is 1-3 vs him. LeCure is bad vs lefties as they bat .296 vs him, while righties bat .241. LeCure is bad on the road, where he is 0-2 in his career with a 6.88 ERA (3.19 at home). One thing to note about this is his BB and K rates are the exact same on the road as they are at home, but he has given up 3 hr in 17 IP away while only 3 hr in 31IP at home. Petco Park should easily cancel out that trend, expect a quality start from Mr. LeCure.
Pick to Click: Orlando Hudson
Clayton Richard has faced most of the Reds, I'll point out some of the trends I see:
- On the cover it looks like Rolen struggles at a 2-10 clip, but both hits are home runs.
- Renteria, Gomes, Votto and Phillips all also have home runs vs Richard. Renteria is 2-9, Gomes is 3-7, Phillips is 3-6, and Votto is 2-4. All of these players also have doubles vs Richard except Phillips.
- Bruce is 3-5 with 2 doubles.
- Hanigan, Heisey and Cairo also have doubles in just a few plate appearances, and Heisey has 3 rbi as well.
- Team batting average vs Richard is .349 (22-63), .414 OBP, and an impressive .762 slugging percentage over 70 plate appearances.
- One bad thing for the Reds is Richard is very solid at home, with a 2.86 ERA over 141.2 innings.
- 2 of the Reds three games vs Richard have taken place at Great American, where he has a 6.48 ERA over two starts. His ERA vs Cincy as a total is 8.10 so we beat up on him last time we faced him @Petco.
- Richard allows RHB to bat .285 and 33 homers, while lefties only have 5 homers with a .237 average.
Pick to Click: BP
A few quick extras since I have 20 min till class starts!
-Dusty got his 250th win with the Reds last night.
-Aaron Harang is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA for the Padres, but we will "dodge" him this go-around.
-Votto is the only 1B in ML history to have 3 home runs and a steal in the same game.
-Perry Jones of Baylor is staying, weakening an already weak draft class. Lockout incoming?
-Dayton Dragons were no hit by 3 Lake County pitchers last night
-If I don't leave now I will be late for a very important class, Music of the Beatles.
Have a good one everybody! I apologize for any errors. Follow me on twitter @EricLilly7 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org