We'll start with Johnny Cueto vs the Pirates, who has a pretty successful career vs them.
- Only two players that have solid success vs Cueto are McCutchen (.273 w. 3 HR in 22 AB) and Ronny Cedeno who is 5-16 (.313) with a home run.
- Doumit also has a home run, but has a .235 Avg.
- The team batting average vs Cueto is .218.
- Cueto is 8-11 with a 3.20 ERA in day games, which is much better than his 4.62 in night games.
- 17-12 at GABP with a 4.17 ERA.
- Pirates have a lefty heavy lineup, and Cueto has performed much better vs LHB in his career with a .244 AVG vs. .271 for RHB.
Now, onto James McDonald vs the Reds. In his last start on May 13th, he gave up 5 runs on 6 hits in 4 IP. In his last start vs the Reds, on April 16th, he gave up 6 earned runs (7 total) on 9 hits in 4.1IP
- Ramon Hernandez (3-3) and Jonny Gomes (1-3) both have home runs vs McDonald.
- Very small sample size, but only Reds with more than one hit vs him are Votto (2-5), Hernandez (3-3), and Phillips (2-3).
- He is AWFUL on the road with a 5-10 record and a 5.65 ERA, while at home he is 6-4 with a 3.17 ERA.
- No signs of differences in his day/night splits, but only has 4 day starts.
- 14 of the 17 home runs he's given up in his career are vs RHB.
- RHB bat .279, while LHB bat .235.
- As mentioned in the previous post back in April with James McDonald, he has a very strong curveball and does not give up many home runs.
Looks like a win for the Redlegs today, and it would be a big one to go into inter-league play up on the Cardinals. The only way to guarantee the .5 game lead is to win again tomorrow. Sorry again for the lack of posts, I will do them as I have time, but I expect to be busy - so look for Twitter (@EricLilly7) and Facebook updates!