"WE LOST TO THE CUBS YESTERDAY? PSSSGH!" (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The rubber game of the Reds' April trip to the (distant) Second City commences today. Now that the Cubs have traded outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Red Sox (who will now presumably be Bobby Valentine's setup-man in the bullpen) and have placed Ryan Dempster on the disabled list, the Wait-Til-The-Mayans crowd will counteract these moves by playing Tony (the Most Cubs Player Ever) Campana and Randy Wells.
Meanwhile, it's Johnny Cueto's (Tiant-)Turn on the mound to be the Reds' stopper of this one-game skid. The man of a 1.89 ERA will hope to lower it even more against the Cubbies today. And, let's be honest, the way our offense is playing, he almost needs to do so in order to get the W.
As mentioned above, the Wrigley-folk will counter with Randy Wells. What should you know about Randy Wells? Well, he's averaged over a run an inning for the AAA Iowa Cubs which translates to about a run every eight innings against the Reds' current lineup. Oh, and it should be noted that Wells has a 4-1 record lifetime against the Cincinnati Reds with a 3.88 ERA.
Lineup for the Reds!
1. Cozart, SS
2. Stubbs, CF
3. Votto, 1B
4. Ludwick, LF
5. Bruce, RF
6. Rolen, 3B, in a rare Sunday appearance!
7. Harris, 2B
8. Hanigan, C
9. Cueto, P