Friday, June 16, 2000

Reds-Padres Scouting Report

        • The series: Cincinnati Reds (32-32, second place NL Central) at San Diego Padres (27-37, fifth place NL West).

        • Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego.

        • When: 9:05 p.m. today, 4:10 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

        • Radio: WLW-AM (700).

        • TV: Fox Sports Network, today; Channel 19, Saturday.

        • The bats: Former Red Eric Owens just might be San Diego's leading All-Star candidate. He ranks among the league leaders with a .343 average and 28 multi-hit games. Al Martin is hitting .318 with 44 runs. Second baseman Bret Boone, another former Red, is in a 6-for-55 slump that has yanked his average down to .251.

        • The arms: Today — Steve Parris (2-9, 5.37 ERA) vs. Brian Meadows (5-5, 4.54);

        Saturday — Ron Villone (6-3, 5.58) vs. Adam Eaton (1-0, 2.89);

        Sunday — Rob Bell (4-5, 4.76) vs. Matt Clement (5-6, 4.75).

        Sterling Hitchcock, Woody Williams and Carlton Loewer, projected to be the Padres' top three starters this year, are on the disabled list. As a result, the Reds will be facing an extremely young group of starters. Meadows is 24; Eaton is 22; and Clement is 25.

        • The rest: San Diego has committed 66 errors, most in the major leagues. The Padres are 4-21 against division leaders and 23-16 against other opponents, though that record includes three losses in Cincinnati on May 9-11.


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