Game 156: Reds vs. Brewers (12:35 EDT). Latos vs. Peralta

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Milwaukee Brewers
@ Cincinnati Reds

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Wily Peralta vs Mat Latos

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TV: FSO-HD, FSWI-HD; RADIO: WLW, WTMJ; WEB: MLB.tv, Gameday Audio, Gameday

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Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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My approach to these games is about the same as it was to spring training - as long as no one gets hurt, then all's well. Having Dusty and Ryan Ludwick back is one of the few things of consequence the Reds can do before the playoffs. It's always possible there are players who are getting rusty and players who are overdoing it, but it's pure speculation.

If you're looking for something to worry about though, it's the bats. Toward the beginning of the month, it seemed like the Reds had hit a crop of pitchers that were either decent or didn't have much of a book out. There was also some unlucky runner-stranding and batted-ball nonsense. It's looking more like a team-wide slump as the page turns on September.

The team is hitting a little bit worse than it did in April. There are a number of ways to interpret that, but the most charitable is that we've been here before a it isn't a big deal. Offenses have down months. Sometimes they happen at the beginnings and ends of seasons. August was the Reds' best month at the plate, so we're not looking at long pattern of decline.

The 1990 Reds' offense didn't storm into the playoffs like it did into the season: they had their two best months at the plate during the first half. And that team's name was the 1990 World Series Champions.

Mat Latos
Stats Wily Peralta
3.60 (117)
ERA (ERA+) 3.04
1.186
WHIP 1.352
2.87
K/BB 1.70
197.1
IP 23.2

REDS LINEUP

Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Zack Cozart (R) SS
Joey Votto (L) 1B
Todd Frazier (R) 3B
Jay Bruce (L) RF
Dioner Navarro (S) C
Xavier Paul (L) LF
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Mat Latos (R) P

Bullpen Log

Reliever September Season totals
Aroldis Chapman 5.2 IP, 103 pitches
69.2 IP, 1165 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 11.0 IP, 176 pitches
55.2 IP, 895 pitches
Sean Marshall 8.1 IP, 137 pitches
58.1 IP, 976 pitches
Jose Arredondo 6.0 IP, 109 pitches
59 IP, 1048 pitches
Sam LeCure 8.1 IP, 135 pitches
55.2, 912 pitches
Alfredo Simon 5.0 IP, 103 pitches 59.0 IP, 972 pitches
J.J. Hoover
6.2 IP, 123 pitches
63.2 IP (AAA+MLB)
Logan Ondrusek
6.1 IP, 108 pitches
57.2 IP (MLB+AAA)
Tony Cingrani

Todd Redmond

Pedro Villareal

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