We'll start with Garza, who very few Reds have experience vs. because he's from the AL Tampa Bay Rays. His last start was very impressive where he went 8 innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits with 10K's in a win vs the D'Backs. Here are his stats vs the 4 Reds who have faced him.
- Garza has interesting splits, because LHB only bat .239 while RHB are at .268.
- To make it even more confusing, because of his tendency to walk LHB, they have a higher OBP than RHB. He has a 2.90 K/BB ratio vs RHB, and only a 2.00 vs LHB which leads to a .321 OBP for LHB and a .317 vs RHB. Very weird to see such an average discrepancy being cancelled out by walks.
- An interesting note on Garza: he has given up 0 home runs this year, and is a fly ball pitcher...last year he gave up 28 home runs.
- His highest inning ERA is 5.37 in the 3rd inning, so he may have trouble with batters adjusting.
- 12-15 with a 3.61 ERA - he's better in day games.
- 0-1 with a 1.89 ERA at Wrigley.
Now, onto Volquez..who went 5 innings last time out vs the Marlins only giving up 1 run on 2 hits. I'd love for him to go 6-7 IP, but after his early struggles I'll take the 5 innings of 1 run at this point. Here are his stats vs the Cubs.
- .300 team average, 12-40, only one homer which belongs to Jeff Baker.
- If you've read this blog before, you know Volquez is just as good vs righties as he is vs lefties.
- May is Volquez's month, where he is a lifetime 2.44 ERA with a 4-2 record.
- 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA vs Cubs lifetime.
- 10-4 during day games in his career with a 4.54 ERA.
- 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA at Wrigley Field
Looks to be a fairly even matchup, but the Reds are riding some momentum so let's get another quality start and get Volquez some runs because the wind is blowing out to right field!
-Just one cool thing I found here, how cool is this beat writer for the Royals?