Game 74: Orioles vs. Reds

A good win for the O’s yesterday as they pull it off in extras.  They look to take game two of this three game set against the Reds tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Reds:

Batting Fielding fWAR
Chris Heisey .271/.333/.481 0 0.9
Brandon Phillips .283/.337/.387 4 2.1
Joey Votto .314/.436/.486 3 -1.6
Scott Rolen .262/.302/.417 3 0.5
Jay Bruce .279/.351/.516 -4 0.5
Jonny Gomes .223/.340/.423 2 1.2
Drew Stubbs .252/.325/.398 2 2.6
Edgar Renteria .222/.301/.248 -2 0.4
Ryan Hanigan .257/.352/.319 -2 0.8


Again, a rather strong Reds lineup.  Renteria (last season’s World Series hero) enters the lineup tonight and always adds a home run threat deep in the lineup.

Bronson Arroyo:

ERA FIP xFIP K/9 BB/9 GB% fWAR
4.86 4.95 4.11 5.3 1.9 38.8% 0.1

Arroyo has been decent at best this year.  I say decent simply because he keeps his BB/9 way down, which always helps a pitcher (and his team) out.  However, he still has that high ERA, which means people are just plain hitting him hard.

He uses a very large array of pitches and with this comes a great amount of deception (though it doesn’t seem like he’s fooling many batters so far this year).


Orioles:

Batting Fielding fWAR
J.J. Hardy .307/.371/.534 0 -1.8
Nick Markakis .268/.323/.344 1 0.9
Adam Jones .290/.332/.473 -7 2.0
Vladimir Guerrero .283/.315/.392 0 -0.2
Luke Scott .235/.316/.417 -1 -1.5
Derrek Lee .247/.310/.361 1 -1.1
Matt Wieters .262/.317/.397 3 -0.2
Mark Reynolds .228/.352/.456 -14 -0.6
Robert Andino .247/.327/.305 1 -2.0


A lineup that did decently well last night, Hardy remains in the leadoff spot as the team’s top hitter.

Brian Matusz:

ERA FIP xFIP K/9 BB/9 GB% fWAR
5.60 6.18 5.43 5.6 4.6 21.7% -0.2

To say that Brian Matusz has been a disappointment since coming off the DL is an understatement.  There isn’t a single stat in here that is very good.  His ERA, FIP, xFIP, BB/9, and GB% are horrendous.  He gives up over 2 HR/9 so far.  Now, granted, this is only over 17.2 IP, but he needs to work these numbers way down or things won’t end well.

He is getting zero movement on his fastball, therefore his 5% whiff rate.  That’s just bad and one of the big reasons why his numbers are as poor as they are.  Also, with his fastball only topping out around 87, that simply hurts him even more.


Stats: UZRWARERAFIPxFIPK/9 & BB/9GB%PitchFX