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Game 92: Reds at Cubs

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Wrigley Field

Johnny Cueto vs Carlos Zambrano

Clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 75.

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2008 - Johnny Cueto 7-8 4.63 1.34 91 38

2008 - Carlos Zambrano 9-3 2.96 1.31 73 38

Did you know that 33 of the 59 runs that Cueto has allowed this season have come in just 6 of his starts? He has not allowed more than 3 runs in any of the other 12 starts. Even with his stinker of a start on June 11th against the Cardinals were he walked 8 batters in 5 innings his ERA over his last 10 games is still just 3.64. In other words, he's made the adjustments that we're all looking for Jay Bruce to make. He's still going to have some bumps along the way, but Cueto is progressing very nicely this season. And kudos to Dusty as Cueto is only averaging 97 pitches per start this year.

In the words of George Grande, you know Zambrano's story. He only faces the Reds about 5 times every year, and even though the Reds get to him every now and then, he still sports a 3.19 ERA against the good guys. In two starts against the Reds this season he's allowed just 2 runs in 15 innings. Given the way the offense has been going lately, don't be surprised to see more of the same. Then again, Dunn, Griffey, EdE, and BP have all faced Zambrano 35 times or more and all sport an OPS of .838 or better. Maybe they'll somehow manage to get things going against Big Z.