July 6, 2012

Daily Brief: Reds face former Reds in San Diego

Last Game
Last night Mat Latos went out against Edinson Volquez in an obvious opportunity to evaluate whether the Reds or the Padres got the better of the trade for the two pitchers.

Pitcher Pitches IP Hits Runs Walks Strikeouts
Latos 109 7.0 4 0 2 8
Volquez 127 7.0 5 1 3 10

As you can see, they were too similar to call (though I’d point out that Volquez wasn’t the only piece the Reds gave up in that particular trade). Unfortunately for the Reds, Volquez won out in the “who has the better bullpen” category when Sean Marshall blew the save and Logan Ondrusek gave up the winning run. Final score: Reds 1, Padres 2.

Next Game
The Reds continue the 4-game series against the Padres tonight. Bronson Arroyo (3-5, 4.06 ERA) will take on Kip Wells (1-1, 1.50 ERA). First pitch at 10:05 p.m.

Winning One for the Kipper
In his last start, Kip Wells notched his first win since 2009: he was with the Reds that year and not another major league team in the meantime. The 35-year old has been bouncing around the minors since then, and though he wasn’t actually doing all that well with the Padres AAA-affiliate, he got the call.

It’s certainly true that 1.50 ERA is influenced by the very small sample size, but his last start was pretty remarkable, all things considered. He put in 7.0 innings of work, allowing 0 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks.

At first blush, it looks like the Reds ought to have an easy time of it tomorrow, but that’s what the Rockies thought, too, when they faced Wells in his last outing.

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