Reds vs. Cubs Game 2: Preview/Prediction Thread

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Chicago Cubs
@ Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Carlos Villanueva vs Tony Cingrani

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from right to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Great comeback last night, and I'm even more pumped for tonight. Tony Cingrani takes the bump with the chance to win another series at home, and to extend the "games with 10 or more strikeouts" streak to 6. Cingrani was good in his last outing, but Dusty might like him to go a few more innings this time with the bullpen as gassed as they are.

He faces Carlos Villanueva, who has been very good in his first 3 starts as a Cub. We hadn't seen the once-Brewer mainstay in a few years, and he had a couple of decent years in Toronto in between. He has pretty good numbers against the Reds in his career.

Lots of bullpen action last night, so I think at the very least we won't see Simon or LeCure. No word on if Broxton will be available either after he got hit in the hand by a comebacker, so we may see Manny Parra in a game without an 8 run lead. Look out.

Bullpen Log

Reliever 4/18 4/19 4/20 4/21 4/21 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman
1.0, 16p 1.0, 10p
1.0, 13p 3.0 IP, 39 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 1.0,11p 1.0, 9p

0.2, 7p 2.2 IP, 27 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.0, 17p
2.0, 14p
1.2, 47p 4.2 IP, 78 pitches
J.J. Hoover 1.0, 11p
1.0, 20p
1.1, 24p 3.1 IP, 55 pitches
Logan Ondrusek


1.0, 17p 0.1, 6p 1.1 IP, 23 pitches
Manny Parra


1.0, 21p
1.0 IP, 21 pitches
Alfredo Simon 1.0, 11p
1.0, 14p 1.0, 10p 1.0, 15p

4.0 IP, 50 pitches

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