Cincinnati at Arizona

Venue: Chase Field
  •  

Based on his history versus Arizona, it would seem Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto has a good chance to take over the major league lead in wins.

One of the frontrunners for the NL's rookie of the year, the Diamondbacks' Wade Miley is not too far behind the Reds' ace when it comes to winning games.

Two of the NL's top pitchers oppose each other Tuesday night at Chase Field when the NL Central-leading Reds try to hand the Diamondbacks a fifth consecutive loss.

Cueto (16-6, 2.47 ERA) appeared in good position to become the majors' first 17-game winner when he left in the sixth inning of Thursday's contest at Philadelphia with a 3-0 lead after 111 pitches. However, the NL ERA leader was charged with two runs and the Reds' bullpen could not hold the advantage en route to a 4-3, 11-inning defeat.

Including that outing, Cueto is 7-1 with a 2.70 in nine starts.

That stretch featured a July 17 home start against the Diamondbacks (64-65), where the right-hander allowed four hits and four walks in six innings of a 4-0 win to improve to 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA in five starts versus Arizona. Cueto, 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts at Chase Field, has thrown 12 scoreless innings in his last two outings overall against the Diamondbacks.

The day before Cueto stymied them last month, Miley (14-8, 2.80) gave up three runs and struck out six in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 win in his first appearance against Cincinnati.

The left-hander has allowed one run over 14 innings while winning his last two starts overall. He yielded four hits in eight innings of a 3-0 victory that completed a doubleheader sweep of Miami on Wednesday. Over his last five starts, Miley is 3-2 with a 1.67 ERA.

"He's a strike thrower," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen told the Diamondbacks' official website. "A lot of strikes. This kid, he's got good stuff. He's got a lot of confidence. I love the way they handle him."

While the Reds (78-52) maintain a six-game division lead, the Diamondbacks are starting to fade from postseason contention. Bronson Arroyo threw six solid innings and hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the sixth inning of Cincinnati's 3-2 victory Monday at Arizona. Aroldis Chapman converted a franchise-record 24th consecutive save for his 32nd of the season.

"We take the blessings that we have been given," said manager Dusty Baker, who recorded his 400th win with the Reds.

Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips, who had two hits with an RBI, is batting .419 (13 for 31) in his last eight games following a 4-for-31 stretch. He's hit .373 with 12 RBIs in his last 13 games at Chase Field.

The Diamondbacks have scored nine runs during a four-game skid that's come while going 2-6 on a 10-game homestand.

Justin Upton homered and had two of Arizona's five hits Monday. Despite missing three games with a tight hamstring, Upton has batted .478 (11 for 23) with two home runs and seven RBIs in his last six games after he went 0 for 11 in his previous three contests.

He's 4 for 12 with a double and two homers against Cueto.

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
Probable Starters

Johnny Cueto, RHP
2012 stats
174.2 Innings Pitched 151.0
16-6 Wins-Losses 14-8
2.47 Earned Run Average 2.80
40 Walks 27
139 Strikeouts 109
107 Pitches Per Start 99
Career vs. opponent
31.0 Innings Pitched 5.2
4-0 Wins-Losses 1-0
1.45 Earned Run Average 4.76

Wade Miley, LHP
Weather
weather image  Mostly sunny. Hot.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
108°F88°F10mph/E26%14%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Cincinnati4th NL Central7686.469145-5 W 2
Arizona5th NL West6498.395302-8 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Wade Miley
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Phillips32001.667
Stubbs32000.667
Hanigan21001.500
Ludwick21101.500
Heisey21000.500
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Johnny Cueto
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Hill42120.500
Johnson114002.364
Nieves62000.333
Upton124224.333
Young112015.182
 

Related Video

December 17, 2014
Boomer & Carton: Chase Headley will start at 3B (4:14)
December 11, 2014
Jim Rome: Dodgers' overhaul
(2:13)
December 10, 2014
John Smoltz on the Doug Gottlieb Show
(7:06)
December 10, 2014
Cubs land Jon Lester
(2:59)

CBSSports.com Shop

Mens Chicago Cubs Nike Royal Blue Classic Pullover Hoodie

Free Shipping over $50 order!
Use code SHIPNOW
Get their favorite team gear
Shop Now

Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Cincinnati -115 Arizona 105
Injuries
Cincinnati
PlayerInjury
D. AxelrodOblique
H. BaileyElbow, neck
T. BellElbow
M. LatosElbow
S. MarshallShoulder
S. SchumakerShoulder
J. VottoQuadriceps
Arizona
PlayerInjury
B. ArroyoElbow
P. CorbinElbow
P. GoldschmidtFinger
D. HernandezElbow
M. ReynoldsElbow
B. ZieglerKnee
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 6ARI 9:40 PM EDT  
Apr 7ARI 9:40 PM EDT  
Apr 8ARI 9:40 PM EDT  
Apr 16SF10:15 PM EDT  
Apr 17SF10:15 PM EDT  
Apr 18SF   
Apr 19SF 4:05 PM EDT  
Jun 12SF10:15 PM EDT  
Jun 13SF   
Jun 14SF 4:05 PM EDT  
Jul 17ARI 9:40 PM EDT  
Jul 18ARI 8:10 PM EDT  
Jul 19ARI 4:10 PM EDT  
Sep 7ARI 4:10 PM EDT  
Sep 8ARI 9:40 PM EDT  
Sep 9ARI 9:40 PM EDT  
Sep 18SF10:15 PM EDT  
Sep 19SF   
Sep 20SF 4:05 PM EDT