Game 54: Cincinnati Reds @ Atlanta Braves -- Time to Get Funky

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Atlanta Braves

Sunday, May 29, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT
Turner Field

Johnny Cueto vs Jair Jurrjens

Clear. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

 

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I don't think Mike Myers will ever star in a film about this game like he did with Studio 54, but hopefully the Reds will embarrass the Braves more than Kanye embarrassed Mike during the Hurricane Katrina fundraising telethon. Dusty Baker does not care about Braves fans. (Seriously, watch that video again. I haven't seen that much verbal diarrhea since my dog that dead bird, and Mike Myers' facial expressions are priceless).

Tonight's game is the rubber match between two underachieving clubs. Last night's marathon was a heartbreaker, but you have to think that the law of averages will sort out some of the bad luck and balls will start finding holes (Raven Riley'd), hopefully with men in scoring position (Raven Riley'd), and some of these demoralizing losses will become dramatic morale-boosting wins (Raven Riley'd?).

Jair Jurrjens is having the best season of his young career, though his BABIP (.265) and strand rate (86.7%) would indicate that he's due for a bit of regression, but his xFIP is still a very solid 3.39. Opposing Jurrjens is our very own Johnny Cueto, who has performed very admirably since his delayed season began, but, like Jurrjens, is probably due for some regression as well, as his .241 BABIP is certainly unsustainable, and a 3.4% HR/FB ratio is absurd. Hopefully he can continue to get lucky and keep the Braves in check. 

Long live disco!

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