Tuesday, June 12 - 7:10PM
LAA Kelvim Escobar, RHP (7-3, 2.76)
CIN Bronson Arroyo, RHP (2-7, 5.01)
Angels: A complete-game decision over the Twins on Tuesday night enhances Escobar's candidacy for the All-Star Game. He held Minnesota to a Torii Hunter home run and two other hits while throwing 77 strikes with 107 pitches. His fastball command was superb, and his off-speed stuff complemented it beautifully. Two off-days give the confident veteran extra rest for Cincinnati. He threw a shutout in his only career outing against the Reds, at Great American Ballpark.
Reds: In the Reds' 6-4 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday, Arroyo gave up six earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 0-5 with an 8.24 ERA over his past six starts, and owns a 13.25 ERA in the last four. Although mistakes hurt him, including two seventh inning homers, Arroyo feels like his stuff has been pretty good during the skid.
Wednesday, June 13 7:10 PM
LAA John Lackey, RHP (9-4, 2.60)
CIN Kyle Lohse, RHP (3-7, 4.22)
Angels: For one rare occasion, the Angels' sturdy defense buckled behind Lackey, creating extra outs with misplays that contributed to a loss against the Twins on Thursday. The the big right-hander was trying to become the Majors' first 10-game winner. He was unhappy with only one pitch, a breaking ball Michael Cuddyer hit into the seats, while giving up seven hits for four earned runs over seven innings. Lackey is facing the Reds for the first time in his career.
Reds: After suffering through a string of six straight losses, Lohse has shown better control and greater consistency in his past three starts. In his most recent outing, against St. Louis on Thursday, he took a shutout into the ninth inning before finishing the night allowing one earned run and seven hits over 8 1/3 frames to take the win in a 5-1 Reds win.
Thursday, June 14 12:35 PM ET
LAA Bartolo Colon, RHP (5-2, 5.70)
CIN Homer Bailey, RHP (1-0, 3.60)
Angels: Colon has fallen on lean times. After a blazing start that had the veteran right-hander 5-0 with a 3.69 ERA after six starts, he's yielded 28 hits and 18 earned runs in 15 innings over his past three outings, with extra rest between two of the starts because of triceps tendonitis in his pitching arm. Colon isn't getting the natural sink and movement in his fastball he needs to induce groundouts, and hitters are elevating fastballs up in the hitting zone -- see the three Cardinals homers in the first three innings on Friday night in St. Louis, where he lasted only four frames in giving up four earned runs on seven hits. Colon is 2-0 in two career starts against the Reds with a 0.69 ERA.
Reds: Bailey was given a welcome to remember in his first career start on Friday against the Indians in Cincinnati. After raucous applause greeted him to start the game, Bailey did not disappoint the nearly sellout crowd at Great American Ball Park, giving up two earned runs on five hits over five innings of poised work to get the win in a 4-3 Reds victory.