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Game Thread: Game Eight

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TIME: 1:10 @ Busch Stadium

                               

REDS PROBABLE:
             CARDINALS PROBABLE:
Matt Belisle (0-1, 6.75)        Mark Mulder (0-0, 6.00)
REDS LINEUP:                CARDINALS LINEUP:
lF Ryan Freel                SS David Eckstein
2B D'Angelo Jimenez          RF Larry Walker
1B Sean Casey                1B Albert Pujols
3B Joe Randa                 3B Scott Rolen
RF Austin Kearns             CF Jim Edmonds
CF Wily Mo Pena              LF Reggie Sanders
SS Rich Aurilia              2B Mark Grudzielanek
C  Jason LaRue               C  Yadier Molina
P  Matt Belisle              P  Mark Mulder

First major league start for Matt Belisle.  I'm guessing he won't go more than five innings, and that today will be something of a "bullpen" day.  Hopefully Mulder doesn't rebound from his first start of the year.  I'm not sure any game in April is a must win, but this is about as close as they come.

It's also amazing that the Cardinals are running the same lineup out two days in a row, but the Reds are incapable of doing the same. Sitting Adam Dunn against the Cardinals in favor of Ryan Freel is ridiculous. I can forgive the sitting of Junior, but Dunn doesn't need a day off when there are two scheduled days off this week.