Rotation having special year
When Mike Leake makes his start tonight, he will be the fifth Reds starter this season to reach the 30 starts plateau in a single season.
Only seven pitching staffs in Major League history produced five pitchers with at least 30 starts each:
1977 Dodgers, 1980 A’s, 1993 Dodgers, 2003 Mariners (coached by Bryan Price), 2005 Cardinals, 2005 Indians and 2006 White Sox.
*On Friday night, Homer Bailey became the third Reds starter after Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos to reach 200 innings this season. Bronson Arroyo is at 197 innings and starting on Monday and should reach 200.
“This staff – unless they shut some people down, they’ll have four guys throw 200 innings,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “To me that’s an incredible achievement In this day. I don’t know the last time that’s happened, but that fact grabs you.”
*The last MLB team to have four starters pitch 200 innings was 2006 White Sox: Mark Buehrle, Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland and Javier Vazquez. The last Reds team to have four guys at 200 or more innings was 1943: Elmer Riddle, Ray Starr, Johnny Vander Meer and Bucky Walters.
*Bailey notched his 13th win last night and Arroyo is sitting at 12 victories. Cueto has 19 and Latos also has 13. The last Reds team with four pitchers with 13 or more wins was 1970: Jim McGlothlin (14), Jim Merritt (20), Gary Nolan (18) and Wayne Simpson (14)
*Two teams this year, so far, have four pitchers with 13 wins or more — San Francisco and St.Louis.