After having his last turn in the rotation skipped thanks to a couple of off days, Hiram Burgos (1-0, 3.00 ERA, 4.71 FIP) had his next start bumped up to today in an effort to give Marco Estrada a little more time to "regroup". Burgos has made three starts for the Brewers this season and has found some nice success. He has had two quality starts and the third only missed that designation due to him falling an inning short in his major league debut.
He has done well by keeping runners off the basepaths. Burgos has not allowed more than five hits in a game yet and has kept his walks in check. His WHIP currently stands at 0.889. The 25 year old had also been pitching great in Triple-A after a huge breakout season in 2012. Burgos may not have the best pure stuff, but he has been able to fool hitters so far. Let's hope he can keep it up.
Burgos has never faced the Reds before.
For Cincinnati, Mat Latos (3-0, 2.23 ERA, 2.74 FIP) will take the mound. The Reds paid a hefty price for Latos two offseasons ago, trading away Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal along with two other players to the Padres for the pitcher. He rewarded them by posting a 3.48 ERA in 2012. He has been even better this season with six quality starts out of seven outings. The only non-quality start he had was his latest, when he gave up three runs in five innings against the Cubs. He had been feeling ill prior to that start.
Latos, 25, throws five pitches on a regular basis: A 91 MPH four seam fastball (26% pitch selection), an 86 MPH slider (24%), a 92 MPH cutter (19%), a 91 MPH two seamer (16%) and a 77 MPH curveball (11%).
Latos has faced five Brewers at least ten times. Here is how they have fared:
In the bullpen:
- Alfredo Figaro pitched two innings (19 pitches) yesterday.
- Mike Gonzalez pitched one inning (23 pitches) yesterday.
- John Axford pitched one inning (23 pitches) yesterday.
- Burke Badenhop pitched .1 innings (four pitches) on Wednesday.
- Tom Gorzelanny, Brandon Kintzler and Jim Henderson last pitched on Tuesday.