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Game 84 Thread: Reds vs Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Cincinnati Reds

Monday, Jun 30, 2008, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Paul Maholm vs Aaron Harang

Partly cloudy with a 40-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 70.

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2008 - Paul Maholm 5-5 4.41 1.39 60 28

2008 - Aaron Harang 3-10 4.51 1.37 94 26

I swear the Reds can't go a series against the Pirates without facing Maholm. This will be his 12 start against the Reds in his career - he hasn't started more than 8 games against any other team. His previous starts range from very good to very bad, but his combined numbers are decent (2-3, 4.46 ERA, 52 Ks, 26 BBs, 9 HR in 66.2 IP). Basically it all comes down to how the Reds right-handed bats perform. EdE (.423/.500/.615 in 32 PAs), BP (.391/.391/.870 in 19 PAs), Ross (.400/.438/.800 in 16 PAs), and Hopper (.385/.429/.615 in 14 PAs) all have had previous success against him. Adam Dunn (.136/.367/.136 in 30 PAs) has not. Throughout his career, righties (.301/.365/.463) have hit him much better than lefties (.217/.294/.303) too.

The bad news for Harang is that he hasn't had a lot of success since his San Diego relief appearance (7.36 ERA in his last 6 starts). The good news is that he's pitched well against the Pirates over the last 3 years (outside of his first start after his SD relief appearance). He's also pitched well at home this year (3.88 ERA in 9 starts). So there's good and bad, but mostly good.

It's a big couple of weeks coming up here. Time to make some progress!