Reds at Nationals, Game 1: Preview/Prediction Thread

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Washington Nationals

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Bronson Arroyo vs Gio Gonzalez

Clear. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Coming off of a great homestand, now is where the real work starts. This team needs to prove they can win on the road if they're going to compete in the division, and there aren't too many lineups more potent than this Nationals one. We've already seen them, of course, where the Reds took 2 of 3 at GABP during the first week of the season.

Gio Gonzalez didn't face the Reds in that series, and only has one quality start out of 4 so far this year. He's historically very good against the Reds, only giving up 2 runs in 3 starts (19 innings total). Yikes.

Bronson Arroyo goes for the good guys, coming off of 2 outings in a row where he threw 8 innings and gave up 2 runs. I think the Reds would take another one of those today.

I'm glad all of the arms that pitched Tuesday got the day off yesterday. Bullpen looks in much better shape, except for the whole "Manny Parra being there" problem.

Let's go Reds!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 4/20 4/21 4/22 4/23 4/24 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 10p
1.0, 13p
1.0, 17p 3.0 IP, 40 pitches
Jonathan Broxton

0.2, 7p
1.0, 13p 1.2 IP, 20 pitches
Sam LeCure 2.0, 14p
1.2, 47p

3.2 IP, 61 pitches
J.J. Hoover 1.0, 20p
1.1, 24p

2.1 IP, 44 pitches
Logan Ondrusek
1.0, 17p 0.1, 6p 1.0, 18p
2.1 IP, 41 pitches
Manny Parra
1.0, 21p
1.1, 45p
2.1 IP, 66 pitches
Alfredo Simon 1.0, 14p 1.0, 10p 1.0, 15p 0.2, 5p

3.2 IP, 44 pitches

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