NL Wild Card Game: Reds at Pirates, Preview/Prediction Thread

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Last three games don't matter. Heck, the last 162 games don't matter. The only thing that matters is today.

The Reds come into tonight's game matching their season high losing streak of 5 games. They're 2-0 in games after losing 5 in a row. Some say the Reds have an advantage in the pitching matchup, and that may be true. Johnny Cueto shut out the Buccos in 8 innings the last time he faced them, and that was in May, so the Bucs haven't seen him in a bit.

However, let's not act like Francisco Liriano is some slouch. He's seen the Reds 4 times this year, and was excellent in 3 of those 4 starts. The Reds have their work cut out for them, for sure.

The lineup isn't up at the time of this writing, but I'd expect it to be similar to what we saw on Opening Day here. Word is that Brandon Phillips will be ready to go after taking that knock on Saturday, and that's a welcomed sight.

Go Reds! They're my favorite playoff team!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 9/26 9/27 9/28 9/29 9/30 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman -


- 0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Sam LeCure -
1.0, 17p
- 1.0 IP, 17 pitches
J.J. Hoover - 1.0, 11p 0.1, 9p
- 1.1 IP, 20 pitches
Manny Parra -
0.2, 4p
- 0.2 IP, 4 pitches
Logan Ondrusek - 1.0, 16p 1.0, 15p
- 2.0 IP, 31 pitches
Alfredo Simon - 2.0, 21p

-

2.0 IP, 21 pitches

Zach Duke -
1.0, 15p 1.0, 13p - 2.0 IP, 28 pitches
Mike Leake
-


- 1.0 IP, 14 pitches
Sean Marshall -
0.1, 3p
- 0.1 IP, 3 pitches
-


-
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