Reds v. Mariners, Game 1: Preview/Predictions

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Seattle Mariners
@ Cincinnati Reds

Friday, Jul 5, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Aaron Harang vs Mike Leake

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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What a difference five days makes. On Sunday night, the Reds had wrapped up a woeful trip out west where they lost their ace (again), went 2-6, and sat 5.5 games out of first place. Hal McCoy was bemoaning that this team lacked "magic" and the pessimists among us wanted to FARR EVERYBODY. Now here we are on Friday, and our favorite team has completed a three-game sweep of the World Series champion Giants highlighted by Homer Bailey's second career no-hitter, and the Reds are only 3.5 games back of the Pirates.

The Reds welcome the Settle Mariners to town for the start of a three-game series tonight, and our old pal Aaron Harang will make his 3rd career start against the Reds, his first at GABP since October, 2010. Hopefully those in attendance will show the Harangutan a little love when his name is announced, as the big man was one of the lone bright spots in one of the franchise's darkest eras, and by all accounts a pretty awesome human being.

Thanks to the unexpected off day yesterday, the bullpen looks like it's in good shape. The Reds will just miss having to face Felix Hernandez, so this series is looking pretty winnable. ¡Vamos Rojos! ¡Son mi equipo favorito!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 6/30 7/1 7/2 7/3 7/4 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman

1.0, 17p
1.0 IP, 17 pitches
Logan Ondrusek

0.1, 8p
0.1 IP, 8 pitches
Sam LeCure

1.0, 14p
1.0 IP, 14 pitches
J.J. Hoover

2.0, 38p
2.0 IP, 38 pitches
Curtis Partch

0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Manny Parra
0.1, 8p

0.1, 2p
0.2 IP, 10 pitches
Alfredo Simon 1.0, 9p

0.2, 21p

1.2 IP, 30 pitches

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