Game 136: Reds vs. Phillies (1:10 PM EDT). Cueto vs. Cloyd.

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Philadelphia Phillies
@ Cincinnati Reds

Monday, Sep 3, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Johnny Cueto vs. Tyler Cloyd

Chance of thunderstorms. Game time temperature around 78.

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There is a specter haunting the National League - the spectre of the Red Menace.

Today is Labor Day, the unofficial last day of summer. Last call, folks. Pick up a case of beer and fire up the grill, and have lunch with the Reds today. And don't forget to thank a Socialist, as today is pretty much the only decent thing they contributed to this great country of ours.

We've been waiting so long for Joey Votto to come back. Many thought today would be the day, but alas we will have to wait at least one more day. Thankfully, the Reds have a robust best-in-baseball 9.5 game lead over the 2nd place Cardinals so we can afford to wait for the big fella. Let us step back for a second and appreciate this situation. The day Votto had surgery, the Reds were holding to a tenuous one game lead. My hope was that they could just hold serve until he got back, stay within striking distance, and make their push down the stretch. This is the best player in baseball, and it would have been unreasonable to expect anything better. Of course, we all know how things turned out. High fives all around.

Johnny Cueto is good, and is making his case for Cy Young, which is really good. A win today will make 18 for him this season, which would be good or something. He's good. Tyler Cloyd is somebody. He made his Major League debut against the Mets last Wednesday and was okay. But yeah, this game yet another winnable one for our boys.

Lineups and 'pen log after the gulag:

REDLEGS PHILLEGS
COZART SS ROLLINS SS
STUBBS CF PIERRE LF
PHILLIPS 2B UTLEY 2B
LUDWICK LF HOWARD 1B
BRUCE RF MAYBERRY CF
FRAZIER 1B BROWN RF
ROLEN 3B FRANDSEN 3B
HANIGAN C LERUD C
CUETO P CLOYD P

Bullpen Log

Reliever 8/29 8/30 8/31 9/1 9/2 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman
-

1.0, 16p 1.0 IP, 16 pitches
Sean Marshall
-
0.2, 26p
0.2 IP, 26 pitches
Jonathan Broxton
-

1.0, 18p 1.0 IP, 18 pitches
Jose Arredondo 1.0, 20p -

1.0, 21p 1.0 IP, 21 pitches
Sam LeCure
- 1.0, 7p

1.0 IP, 7 pitches
J.J. Hoover
1.0, 15p -

1.0 IP, 15 pitches
Alfredo Simon
- 2.0, 26p

2.0 IP, 26 pitches
Logan Ondrusek

-


0.0 IP, 0 pitches

The September reinforcements have bolstered the bullpen, so hopefully from here on out Dusty will be able to ease the reins on the horses. The rotation has been fantastic this season, and the effects on the bullpen are terrific: these guys have not been stressed out too much over the season, so there should be no worries about their strength down the stretch and into the playoffs.

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